It’s a story that’s all too common. A young professional graduates with all the technical training they need for the job they want. But after just a few years in the workforce, they quickly realize they might not have...
Editor's Note: This piece originally written by Andrew Guest appeared on the UC Berkeley Extension Voices Blog. It is reprinted here with UC Berkeley's permission.  Learning how to code in just 12 weeks takes stamina and fortitude to get through the...
This piece written by Muriel Vega originally appeared on Hypepotamus. After six years in the U.S. Air Force, Kenneth Barnes wanted to come back to his original social work-oriented career path — with a tech twist. Upon realization of how technology could...
As a fashion designer, Bianca Salomon was building an e-commerce website for her new clothing line. She found the CMS she was working with pretty limiting—and wanted to learn more. Most people in Bianca’s shoes would have read a...
By Dan Vassallo The moment I was taught how to boot up Classic Concentration through DOS I became obsessed with computers. As a kid, I spent quite a bit of time in the computer lab at the vocational school where...
You could say that Armando Pensado’s life has been dictated by a calling. Several of them. The first call came when he was working at a small IT firm as a software engineer in his native Michoacán, Mexico. It...
Jonathan Pickard had a job that many only dream of. For 11 years, he played video games professionally. He competed in six world championships and traveled all over the globe. Why did he give it up? “It’s a career that’s...
Rebecca Wieberdink is not an underachiever. Growing up, she had a passion for learning and a tendency to overprepare—often taking double the time to study for a test as her classmates. “I’ve always been a perfectionist. I like to...
Jobs that require coding skills are growing at a much faster rate than the national average for other jobs, and Burning Glass reports that there are already 7 million job openings that require coding skills. But not everyone is...
Rebecca Gemeinhardt went in for an interview with Shell not knowing what to expect. “I didn’t think it would be real. I thought it was a joke.” Eight hours later, she got the call. Rebecca, art school graduate, got a...

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