While veteran joblessness rose to 7.3% in 2020—versus 8.3% unemployment for the total U.S. population—millions of STEM jobs went unfilled. In 2020, 18.5 million men and women were veterans, comprising 7% of the civilian population. As the tech industry grapples with a persistent talent shortage, veterans represent an untapped talent pool, with over 200,000 military […]

We all know that careers in technology and information are subject to drastic fluctuations in demand due to their fluid and flexible nature. However, jobs in data science—and especially in data analytics—are seeing steady growth. IBM was correct in their prediction that the demand for data scientists would increase by 28% in 2020 alone. But that’s […]

A subset of artificial intelligence, machine learning is a class of methods for automatically creating models from data. Using the relationships derived from the training dataset, these models are then able to make predictions on unseen data. Machine learning algorithms are the engine for machine learning because they turn a dataset into a model. Different […]

Bill Lawrence, who spent 20 years as a combat fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, relishes the “new car smell” of stepping into the cockpit of a brand-new jet. Like many veterans, Lawrence, who is now a chief information security officer at a cybersecurity firm called SecurityGate, witnessed rapid technological changes firsthand, from flying fighter […]

Want to build a better product? Get to know your users.  One of the most effective ways to connect with a target audience is through user personas. As Adobe explains: “User personas are archetypical users whose goals and characteristics represent the needs of a larger group of users.”  UX designers create user personas to better […]

Two occupations that are often confused in the tech industry are computer science and software engineering. But, while they may be similar in nature and fundamentals, they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. For one, software engineers are professionals who specialize in writing code for computers and digital devices. On the other hand, computer scientists study the […]

Meet Diana Lee, a career coach and mentor for Springboard’s Software Engineering Career Track.  A software engineer moonlighting as a career coach, Diana Lee knows a thing or two about helping people with non-technical backgrounds transition into the tech industry. Becoming a mentor was almost instinctual for Lee—“I came to engineering from a non-traditional path […]

Every day, over 500,000 new websites are created on the Internet. In the last year, accelerated by the pandemic, everyone from small business owners and enterprise leaders to national governments began embracing digital channels to connect with their stakeholders. Digital governance, e-commerce, video conferencing, collaboration, edtech, fintech, etc., are growing exponentially. In this world that’s […]