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How to get a High Paying Job in Tech

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JULY 02, 2020

Top paying tech positions are going unfilled due to lack of skilled tech workers. Now is a great time to:

  • Learn to code,
  • Get a job in tech,
  • Learn to create apps,
  • Own the Tech you create.

According to Glassdoor, you don’t need to be technical to land a job at one of the top tech companies, but for those who develop their technical skills, the rewards can be vast! As an added bonus, there are a wealth of free online courses available today.

Their latest report breaks down the highest paying tech jobs in the industry, based on an average salary. Here are the top 10:

10. Information Security Engineer: $131,300

9. DevOps Engineer: $137,400

8. Enterprise Architect: $144,400

7. Technical Program Manager: $145,000

6. Software Architect: $145,400

5. Applications Architect: $149,000

4. Infrastructure Architect: $153,000

3. Software Development Manager: $153,300

2. Data Warehouse Architect: $154,800

  1. Software Engineering Manager: $163,500

How do I start?

Lean to code for free! There are free courses available for beginners and intermediates that can kick start your new career.

Some of these programs, like Scratch, allow the student to program their own interactive stories, games and animations and share their creations with the world. Scratch is designed specifically for ages 8-16, but it is generally used by people of all ages.

Get your children started with a great interactive learning experience on their journey to coding. Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, Go, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, C++, Swift, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. All the courses on Codecademy are free. The free course catalog features hundreds of hours of content that help learners develop skills in their desired programming language. However, CodeCademy offers a “pro” option that allows tailored lessons and tutorials for the user as well as live tutoring.

Check out some other interactive learning platforms:

Is coding hard to learn?

According to Paul Larkin of Career Karma, the simple answer is “No.” “Coding is not hard to learn. Much like learning any other skill, it will require time and persistence. How hard it is to learn will depend on the programming language itself and what kind of software you’d like to make.

If you love the idea of having a great income while doing something fun and interactive, a job in Tech may just be right for you! You may just have the next big idea sitting in the corners of your brain. Start the ball rolling by learning to code.

How long will it take to learn?

According to Joshua Weinstein of Career Karma, The following table sums up the duration, however, “Generally, it takes about 3 to 6 months to learn the basics of coding. You can learn coding faster or slower depending on your pace.

LEARNING METHODTIME TO LEARN CODING
Self-Study6 – 12 months
College Degree4+ years
Coding Bootcamp3 – 6 months
Summary of time it takes to learn coding according to learning method

If you have no interest in Tech, learning to code is still a great choice!

  • It will make you more self sufficient: No need to wait around for technical assistance when you need it.
  • It will teach you how to think. Heather Stenger, Senior Director of Communications at American Wood Council states: “Coding forced me to start out with a plan, identify potential trouble areas, and troubleshoot, troubleshoot, troubleshoot.”
  • It will improve your collaboration and communication skills. Many tech courses require collaboration as Projects are rarely created in a vaccum.
  • It can take your present career to new heights! Coding can open a whole new world of options for you, and your new skills will mostly like prove very valuable to your employer.
  • If you’re thinking about starting a new company, having technical knowledge can make your startup more feasible, and can be the factor that gets you that launch!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to break barriers, and learning to code may just be one way for you to attain financial freedom.

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Black businesses will not survive without the support of black people.

BY TARYN ST.LOUIS, JUNE 10, 2020

Why buy black? It is a fact that the race that does not support it’s own, will be controlled by those who do. Buying from black businesses in your community not only supports a dream, it will also raise the economic power of the people. Black owned businesses and black consumers are a necessary alliance. In 2015, black people represented over 1.1 trillion dollars in spending power. This spending power was mostly exercised in markets outside of the black community. If this spending power was used within our own communities, can you imagine what that would mean?

Why do we support others instead of our own?

Let’s think deeper on this. Wide spread psychological programming has powers that many refuse to accept. According to Established Author, Michael Rice, “Psycho social conditioning including the Willie Lynch effect, racism and post traumatic slave syndrome contribute strongly to the black condition. To ensure compliant and submissive slaves, The Willie Lynch syndrome was instituted which was a brainwashing process that resulted in mental control of the behaviors of captive slaves.” Think about it for a minute. There were more slaves on those plantations than there were slave masters. The only way to ensure control was to implement a system in which we devalued ourselves in favor of others. Of course, this did not work on everyone, especially the mentally strong, but the masses were left virtually defenseless as their minds were held captive most times in bodies that could’ve easily escaped to freedom. The challenge therefore, is for us to start seeing ourselves as worthy.

According to Cashmere Nicole Carillo, Founder of Beauty Bakery in San Diego, “Now is a time for everyone to create change and a lasting legacy.”

What can we benefit?

There is no blueprint for change, but we can show you why making changes in the way we spend can benefit us tremendously:

  1. Lower unemployment in our communities
  2. Enrichment of our own communities
  3. Greater Control of our own communities
  4. Creating a legacy for our bloodlines
  5. Closing the racial wealth gap

How can we fix it?

Let’s start with the business owner. It is time to take your business seriously. There is no blueprint for success, but your perseverance in business matters. If you don’t take the time to research what you’re selling and understand your market, your business is likely to fail. Take the time to learn the importance of a good customer- client relationship and remember that the well – known phrase, ‘the customer is always right’, does not mean that the customer cannot be wrong; it highlights the fact that the customer is ‘king’. Without a customer base, you will have zero profits. Read that again!

There are no friends in business. Establish your professionalism and ensure that your friends understand this before you even start selling to them. Your reputation will be your legacy. Do not sell inferior products or products that you don’t believe in yourself. Marketing is paramount! If you don’t have a marketing team yourself, research affiliate programs that can benefit your business, or take the time to get in depth knowledge of marketing so you can be your own team. Finally, did I say that your perseverance in business matters? Don’t give up!

It’s up to us!

Want to buy black? Yes you do! Research black owned businesses in your community. If you need a particular product, find out if there are any black owned businesses that you can buy it from. This is not a quick fix, but we can do this over time. Every time you feel the urge to buy something, ask yourself.. in what possible way can this purchase benefit my community and the generations after me?

Here are 10 black owned business sites you can review:

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