By Laura Ziegler
Working in the field of IT talent management and recruiting, we frequently have candidates requesting ways to make themselves more marketable. They want to know, from a first-hand perspective, what skill sets will elevate them to the top of the resume pile. Over the past 20 years, these answers remain the same for the most part: strong interpersonal and communication skills, great work ethic, dedication, and enthusiasm. These are qualities that remain timeless and are a necessary component to any candidate vetting. However, we’ve seen a shift in the past couple of years toward a core skill that is becoming more and more important, and the trend seems to continue in this direction – learn to code.
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Our team has seen a trend throughout news outlets and across social platforms. There are articles everywhere expounding on the major changes in the IT world with the movement toward the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Connected Vehicle solutions. Tech is everywhere we look and our connection to tech only continues to grow. Knowing how to code has limitless benefits, and anyone can learn how to do it.
I recently read an article in Inc. about just this topic and the author, Andrew Medal, summed up the necessity of coding by saying “Acting as time travelers, those of us who code, are on the front lines of this revolution – forging ideas, changing the world and disrupting the status quo…Those who don’t code...run the risk of professional extinction.”
It’s clear that so much of the world is adopting this belief. There are toys everywhere that teach children the rudimentary beginnings of coding. There are more and more after school programs that focus on this very skill set, and educational curriculums are shifting to S.T.E.M learning.
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So, these programs and offerings are wonderful for the future of tomorrow, but what about the workforce of today? Can we learn to code, even though computers weren’t necessarily a part of our everyday life as children? The answer is yes, and getting started is not as hard as you think. Here are some suggestions to taking the first step down the path of coding.
Look at taking online classes:
For those of you that are visual learners or prefer a more hands-on approach, there are several kits you can purchase to teach you the basics. Everything from the Kano Pixel Kit https://kano.me/store/us/products/pixel-kit to a Raspberry PI https://www.raspberrypi.org/. There are endless options when it comes to learning to code. Google is a great place to start.
It’s hard to say where the future is headed. Will coding become a thing of the past with the advent of AI? Some skeptics say this is true, but they also say that coding is a stepping stone to whatever comes next in the world of tech. So, whether the articles are depicting the future accurately about the need to code, one thing is certain; it wouldn’t hurt to spend some time investigating whether or not you’d like to add it to your resume as a skill set. It may move you to the top of the resume pile.
Referenced article: https://www.inc.com/andrew-medal/everyone-on-the-planet-should-learn-to-code-heres-why-and-how.html
How would you feel about turning your unconnected car into a connected one before the end of the decade? The market for connected-car technology using palm-size devices known as dongles is growing by leaps and bounds. Dongles plug into diagnostic ports and can be linked to cellular or Wi-Fi signals via smartphones. Sounds great, but is there a price to pay? IT Experts warn of being vulnerable to hackers and other security issues. What do you think? Would you risk your security in turn for innovative features?
The Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday showcasing some of the benefits and the risks. See for yourself.
Forbes has ranked OpTech, LLC number 56 of 250 nationwide for Best Professional Recruiting Firms in 2017.
Forbes worked directly with analytics firm Statista to identify approximately 4,000 recruiters, HR managers and employees that have worked with recruiters over the past three years. Respondents were asked to complete an online survey recommending up to 10 recruiting firms (excluding their own). With more than 20,000 recommendations, the companies with the most recommendations ranked highest.
“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by Forbes,” said Ronia Kruse, CEO of OpTech. “I know I speak for the entire OpTech team when I express our commitment to delivering outstanding service to both our clients and our talent, and hope to earn this distinctive recognition in years to come.”
OpTech is one of eight Michigan-based companies to be included on the list. Visit http://bit.ly/2p0Tzlu to view the list in its entirety.
Last month, OpTech added a new service to its growing portfolio of solutions: Connected Vehicle Solutions and Embedded Systems. Making a strategic hire, OpTech brought on Rodney Fakhoury as the Director of Connected Vehicle Solutions. With an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wayne State University, Rodney joins the OpTech team with more than 20 years of experience delivering engineering solutions for embedded systems, connected vehicles; product design and systems development as well as evaluation and testing for Telematics systems in passenger vehicles as well as heavy truck and bus vehicles.
We sat down with Rodney to ask him a few questions about OpTech’s new solution in a one-on-one interview. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:
What are connected vehicles?
Rodney: Connected vehicles are vehicles that use any of a number of different communication technologies to communicate with the driver, other cars on the road (vehicle-to-vehicle [V2V]), roadside infrastructure (vehicle-to-infrastructure [V2I]), and the “Cloud.” Connected cars are equipped with Internet access, and usually also with a wireless local area network. This allows the car to share internet access with other devices both inside as well as outside the vehicle. Vehicles include passenger cars, heavy trucks, buses, and even off-road and construction vehicles.
What are the benefits of connected vehicle technology?
Rodney: There are several benefits to this emerging technology. Not only can it be used to improve vehicle safety, but also to improve vehicle efficiency and commute times. In time, connected vehicles will help with crash elimination, reduced need for new infrastructure, travel time dependability, and improved energy efficiency.
In the past, automobiles had been designed to transport you from point A to B. Today, automobiles have become more like entertainment centers embedded with a myriad of sensors and communication devices that transmit information to and from our homes, our phones, and other personal devices. For example, envision a user waking up for work one morning. His connected car will have already checked the traffic conditions (sending a message to the user’s phone regarding traffic issues and providing a suggested alternative route). The user will have set personal music preferences and adjusted climate and seat position before starting his day.