Welcome to the Tech / Data / Gaming Interest Community!

Members of this community use their quantitative, design, and communication skills to tackle complex, multi-faceted problems in a wide range of disciplines.  Many careers in Tech, Gaming and Data start from a foundation in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and fluency in one or more of these areas is an asset.  However, many employers cite communication, collaboration, and lateral thinking skills as being as important as coding or data analysis.  Other key skills in these fields include self-advocacy, basic knowledge of business principles, fluency in foreign or computing languages, quantitative reasoning, and communicating ideas concisely and clearly.

These careers can be faced-paced, ever-changing, and unpredictable.  Examples of career pathways include (but are not limited to) analyst, designer, developer, coder, software / hardware engineer, specialist, and technician, often in companies that specialize in gaming, technology, mobile apps, business development, consulting robotics, hardware, data, and the web.

Non-tech skills matter for tech jobs

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Maybe you are a master at analyzing huge chunks of data or extremely proficient at coding in Java, but people skills still matter in tech jobs. Skills like written and verbal communication, empathy, and curiosity are critical for many complex …

By Catherine Basl
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Mission possible: Close the gender gap in technology

Mission possible: Close the gender gap in technology

My summer of 2016 started with a little uncertainty, but ended with a lot of fulfillment.

I was leaving one job, a program manager for a young adult professional and leadership development program at a non-profit organization, and attempting to …

By Kristina Smith
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Curious about data-focused jobs? Check out blogs and newsletters

Curious about data-focused jobs? Check out blogs and newsletters

Data science. Data engineering. Data analytics. If you are considering a career where you can combine statistics, coding and problem solving in one job, gather preliminary insights through blogs and newsletters. Also check out Quora’s extensive data science topic section. …

By Catherine Basl
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Careers in tech for non-tech people

Cassady Glass Hastings, undergraduate instructor at the college of education

Recently we hosted four excellent panelists from HTC, T-Mobile, Expedia, and Tableau who shared their tips for landing a job in technology…even if you aren’t a computer programmer. You’ll find highlights and insights from the panel below.

Learn the industry!

By Catherine Basl
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Working at a tech company as a person of color

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[Writer’s Note: This is the first in a series of LinkedIn articles about my personal and professional growth through my  time as a content publishing intern at Microsoft. I also explore how this experience is influenced by my identity as …

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