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What To Do Before a Vacation to Make Sure Coming Back to Work Isn’t Pure Agony

By Corinne Purtill // Quartz // August 3, 2017

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I went on vacation last month. In the final 15 minutes before leaving my desk for a week, I set out-of-office messages on Slack and Gmail, made an Evernote to-do list for my first day back, and closed my laptop, confident I’d return rested, organized, and ready to jump back into work.

Vacation is over now. I am none of those things. I’m groggy from too much cheap rum and not enough sleep. Pre-vacation Corinne thought the note “CALL THESE GUYS” next to a phone number sufficed as a to-do-list item; it doesn’t. Plus I’m distracted by thoughts of the trip. It was amazing. I saw a turtle. Can I even go back to the life I lived before that happened? I don’t know.

The last week at work before a vacation is often a frantic scramble to finish projects. But while meeting commitments to colleagues and clients matters, planning for your return may be a better investment of your time than crossing off tasks that don’t have hard deadlines. A few simple steps before a vacation can make returning it a lot easier. Here’s everything I wish I’d done before leaving...

New Research Shows 'Digital Natives' Are No Better at Technology Than the Rest of Us

By Michael J. Coren // Quartz // July 31, 2017


Marketers and social theorists love to talk about digital natives. This group is supposedly a generation of early adopters under the age of about 35, uniquely adept at technology compared to their older counterparts. But according to a recent editorial in Nature, these digital natives are a figment of our collective imagination—about as easy to find as “a yeti with a smartphone.

The editorial points to a review paper published this June in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education, which concluded that “information-savvy digital natives do not exist.” Despite assertions that younger generations learn differently and require specialized, multimedia teaching strategies because they grew up with smartphones and the web, the authors say that there is no evidence to suggest that digital natives are more tech-savvy or good at multitasking than older generations.

This idea of the digital native was born out of a 2001 essay by educator Marc Prensky, who claimed that a new generation was especially skilled at processing multiple streams of information and using technology, reports Discover Magazine. Prensky argued the world should adapt its teaching methods accordingly. But Paul Kirschner, co-author of the Teaching and Teacher Education study and a professor of educational psychology at...

LinkedIn Data Can Predict How Likely You Are to Quit, and It’s Being Sued to Keep it Public

By Oliver Staley // Quartz // July 30, 2017


LinkedIn has 500 million profiles online, an extraordinary wealth of information about the education and career paths of nearly 7% of all of humanity—and an absolute treasure trove for companies that build recruitment and human resources software. One of them is hiQ Labs, a startup that scrapes LinkedIn data to build an algorithm to predict whether employees will quit.

HiQ relies on the small portion of Linked profiles that are publicly available, and sells its products to employers looking to precent their best workers from jumping ship. It’s suing LinkedIn—now a unit of Microsoft—to ensure it keeps access to the data, a preemptive strike after LinkedIn sent hiQ a cease-and desist letter in May, according to the Wall Street Journal.

LinkedIn says its data is proprietary, and says that hiQ violates hacking statutes by scraping its data. HiQ says LinkedIn is stretching the definition of the law, and is asking a federal judge to declare it has acted legally.

LinkedIn argues hiQ is violating the trust LinkedIn users place in the site. HiQ’s algorithm scours LinkedIn pages for profiles that have recently been updated, a sign that the person behind the profile may be looking...

The Future of Coding Bootcamps, According to the President of One That Is Shutting Down

By Sarah Kessler // Quartz // July 27, 2017


When Dev Bootcamp, a 19-week coding course, launched in 2012, it was at the beginning of what would become a huge trend in tech education. To assuage tech’s demand for entry-level coders, the company promised it could prepare anyone for a career as a programmer.

Today, about 100 different programs offer similar courses, according to CourseReport, which keeps a database of coding bootcamps. But Dev Bootcamp itself, which operates in six cities and has 3,000 graduates, will shut down later this year.

The company, which was acquired by Kaplan in 2014, broke the news to students earlier this month in an email.

“Despite tremendous efforts from a lot of talented people,” the email said, “we’ve determined that we simply cannot reach a sustainable business model without compromising our mission of delivering a high-quality coding education that remains accessible to a diverse population of students.”

Quartz interviewed Dev Bootcamp’s president, Tarlin Ray, about why Dev Bootcamp failed as a business and how he expects the quickly growing industry to evolve.

Quartz: What effect did low barriers to entry have on the industry?

Ray: As of 2016, the industry included nearly 100 full-time bootcamps across the country, contributing...

There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley

By Oliver Staley and Christopher Groskopf // Quartz // July 26, 2017


For decades, the software industry has been synonymous with Silicon Valley. That’s an increasingly dated concept, as programming jobs have spread across the US and pooled in other metro areas in the country. Just as the work of Wall Street no longer happens just on Wall Street, programming is now happening all over the US.

Seattle is now the home of the greatest share of software-job openings, surpassing San Jose—the biggest city in Silicon Valley—according to data from Glassdoor. Seattle’s rise is fueled is by massive hiring at Amazon, which employs a total of 25,000 in the city, and continues to expand. But other cities have seen their share of software-job listings grow, too, including Washington, DC; Detroit; Denver; and Austin, Texas.

To compile the data, Glassdoor compared the change in the number of job postings on its site from 2012 to 2017 for 30 cities with at least 100 job openings with “software” in their title.

The rise of programming jobs in other cities isn’t coming at San Jose’s expense. Software jobs (not just openings) there climbed 36 percent, to 79,000, from 2012 to 2016, according to federal jobs data, outstripping...