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If your colleagues want to be all “modern”, they can upload your Word document to their Google thingy on their own

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In case you missed it, technology is “in” and Google Drive is all the rage lately. Gone are the days of using Microsoft Word; your company uses Google Drive now. Say goodbye to email; you can Slack your colleagues instead. Skype? What’s that? You’ll be using Google Meets and Zoom going forward. (Now is probably a good time to stop typing with only your pointer fingers, but I digress.)

Although we’re changing the way we work, we’re not changing the amount of pointless documents we produce. Although nobody will ever read them again, we’ll spend weeks making them, and dozens of people will collaborate on them. …


Modeling perseverance, flexibility, and humility when your child is watching

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As a single parent, it took me years — almost six, to be precise — to figure out how to balance being a good parent and being a fully-functioning adult. Of course, the hardest parts of parenting are made much easier by the fact that my daughter goes to school during the day. Or, she used to.

Distance learning is difficult for kids, teachers, and parents alike. …


Here’s what you should ask before enrolling

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There are a few different ways to get into software engineering. According to Hired’s 2020 State of Software Engineers, people typically choose one of four learning paths:

  • get a degree in computer science (50% of respondents)
  • get a degree in something related (19% of respondents)
  • learn independently (22% of respondents)
  • go to a coding bootcamp (10% of respondents)

These bootcamps, which typically charge between $10,000 and $15,000, produced around 34,000 graduates in 2019, representing a growth of 4.38% from the previous year.

Coding bootcamps make some big promises.

  • You’ll become a full-stack developer.
  • You won’t pay tuition until you get a job making at least $50,000.
  • You’ll get a job within 6 months of graduating, or your tuition will be free. …

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