Perhaps more than any other trade, the IT space provides some of the most fast-paced change and biggest challenges in keeping up with the latest technologies and skills. Independent IT contractors have even bigger challenges because taking time to learn those skills means they cannot be making money, adding to the cost of professional development.
Coding bootcamps are a popular method of building new skills and, according to Switchup, have been appearing in major Canadian cities since 2013, backed by mega-companies such as Shopify, Salesforce and Cisco Systems. Coding bootcamps are certainly a popular option for skills development, but are they the right option for you?
This infographic from CodingNomads breaks down the decision into 8 questions. Bootcamps are far from free, nor are they always efficient, so if you’re considering one, follow the map and remember to answer the questions honestly.
Picture this — you just started a project with a client you’ve been looking to get into for years. The rate is fantastic, the contract is the perfect length, the work is exciting and the entire experience is going to look amazing on your resume. But when you meet your team for the first time, you quickly learn that it is a toxic mess filled with negative attitudes, childlike behaviour and terrible moods.
As this detailed infographic from Quill.com points out, there are a variety of behaviours and attitudes that can foster such an environment. Not only do they lower productivity, they destroy the morale in a team and drastically set a project back. Fortunately, the infographic also has some great ideas for both dealing with bad attitudes, and also preventing yourself from falling into the same trap.
Have you ever been in a conversation or listened to a speech and was baffled by how many times the speaker said “Um” or “Like”? Now, have you ever paid attention to how much you’ve been guilty of the same? These two words come out of nearly everyone’s mouth, and it’s not limited to any education level or seniority. You rarely notice if they’re not said, but when they are, they stick out like a sore thumb and affect a listener’s perception of you.
Are you an aroma therapy enthusiast, or just curious about it in general? Do you want to improve your problem solving skills, performance, attention and energy? Then this infographic from FrangranceX is exactly what you need to get through the work day.
You’ll need to be aware of scent-free office policies, but did you know that rosemary, vetiver or coffee can improve your problem solving or lemon, jasmine and citrus helps improve your overall performance? There’s more and all of the information can be seen below.
Do you have any preferred scents that help you? Will you try any of these? Let us know in the comments below.
According to Internet Live Stats, there are just under 2 billion websites across the Internet. And every day, millions of blog posts are written and billions of Google searches are performed. Given all that, how can you possibly be certain that you’re navigating the world wide web efficiently and finding the most accurate information for any given need?
Google is an intelligent search engine with some of the world’s smartest people creating its algorithm to increase your chances at finding the most relevant content. But, you have to meet those geniuses half way. Since Google still isn’t at the point where it can read your mind (yet), it can only give results for what you search. The more accurate the search, the more accurate the results.
That’s where this infographic from Zety.com comes in. It provides some amazing search tips and tricks that will improve your searches, raise productivity, and overall make your Google experience more efficient.
For years the relationship between seniors and technology has garnered a bad reputation where seniors are labelled as “unwilling to learn” or consistently use “The Google” when asking a younger friend/family member to help them find something. And while there may be a small nugget of truth to that fact, the statistics and scenarios where this occurs are beginning to dwindle in the reality of many IT Contractors. The problem now is designing technology that is meant for this age group (i.e. bigger fonts, simpler platforms, etc.). If you’re wondering what some examples of these technologies could be, how they were made, or even want to see the online program, here is an infographic by USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology to get you started!
Remember all those classic 1950/1960 cartoons where they predicted that by 2020 we’d all be in flying cars, and that sidewalks would be conveyor belts? With the self-driving car on the horizon of North America’s future that presumably fantastical cartoon may soon become a reality. But how close is it? Various summits, conferences, interviews, blogs, etc., weigh the pros and cons about self-driving cars and the safety they present, along with the social impacts they have on our world. Techaeris explains some of these in this post using the infographic below from Hussey Fraser. If you’ve wondered about some of the statistics, you’ve come to the right place!
Since its introduction, Blockchain technology has wowed the IT world with its multi-faceted use, and 2019 looks like it will be no different. While Blockchain has already made large amounts of headway in the mobile app development, retail, and financial sectors, it is beginning to dive further into app security, M-Commerce, and payments, which will in turn, make records tamper-proof and more reliable than ever before. In appTech’s infographic we are able to see just how Blockchain is affecting our ability to pay wirelessly using our phones, and how certain apps and concepts are becoming more secure the more developed they become.
Keeping up with IT trends can be a hassle, something that we understand. Fortunately, Coastal Creative created this infographic to help you get a better handle on the Digital and Graphic Design trends that will be popular this year.
If you’re wondering why this is important to people outside of the design business, here are some reminders:
While you may not be asked to design the website, you may be asked to design/create elements that coincide with these trends, making the need to understand their overall look crucial to how you will approach your side of the project to seamlessly fit with the pre-created design/content
Having a basic understanding/knowledge of the names and their corresponding look (i.e Brutalism and its connection to socialist architecture) makes you appear more multi-faceted to clients.
Understanding the artistic aspects of the Information Technology world will help you connect with the more art-oriented professionals of the digital world, which could result in more networking opportunities, or hey, you could find that you really like some of these ideas and want to learn to re-create them yourself.
If you’re still hesitant, remember that just like how you bring the dreams of imagination to life through the creation of websites, posts, blogs, business ideals, etc., so do artists: “art brings imagination to life”, Robert Lee Munoz.
We all love clients. They give us interesting work, innovate to move technology and services forward, and, of course, pay us. But let’s be honest, some clients are easier than others, especially as an IT contractor.