By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Do you have the skills that hiring managers are looking for?
Last month, Forbes named “The 10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015 Graduates.”
The list is based on a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which asked hiring managers at big companies like IBM and Chevron which skills and qualities they most value in potential hires.
Turns out they’re all things you can learn—and in fact master—right here at lynda.com. For just $25 a month.
Do you have the top skills employers want for 2015? Which do you need to brush up on? We’ve got you covered:
By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 26, 2014
At a time of year when many of us are filling our homes and our bellies with an abundance of delicious treats, Jules Rugwiro is fighting hunger in Rwanda.
Jules is a database manager with the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency that addresses hunger.
“The work that we do includes providing food and/or cash for refugees, responding to emergencies, feeding school children, and connecting farmers to markets,” says Jules, a Rwandan who lives and works in Kigali, the nation’s capitol. “I collect information on whether food is available and accessible, and how it’s utilized by people in different parts of the country. Once we have this information, we identify who the vulnerable people are (i.e. those who are ‘food insecure’), where they live, how insecure they are, and why they are insecure. WFP bases its interventions on these results.
“If my job is not done properly, the most vulnerable people would not be identified and thus not assisted.”
How does he make sure his job is done properly?
“I learned most of my programming and database management skills through self-study and the material available on lynda.com,” says Jules, who studied information technology in school.
By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 05, 2014
“I’m doing it. Next semester, I’m going all in with lynda.com.”
So begins a recent blog post by John Drake, a web development professor at East Carolina University.
“I plan on chucking my existing textbook and instead requiring students to use the training videos to learn HTML, CSS, and PHP. … I am done lecturing in the classroom for this course.”
By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, November 22, 2014
Clare Childs was a successful video editor on high-profile TV shows: “Wife Swap,” “The X Factor,” and “The Secret Millionaire.”
“I was at the top of my game,” she says. “And then I had children—which is a real game-changer.”
No longer willing to work 50+ hours a week in an editing bay, she needed a family-friendly way to keep her mind active and generate income. She found it with lynda.com.
“I learned how to build websites,” she says. “Completely.”
Now she’s a stay-at-home mom who spends evenings building WordPress sites for clients, and days cavorting with her kids.
“I am one happy lady,” she says.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 09, 2014
Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a teen, Jess Dang promised herself that if she lived to age 30, she would do something to help people lead healthier lives.
So at 30, she quit her job at a high-profile company and launched a website that teaches folks how to cook simple meals using real food.
And she credits lynda.com with helping her do it.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 02, 2014
People come to lynda.com for different reasons. Some come to learn a particular software. Some come to master a skill. Some come to complete a project.
David Black came to learn InDesign and Photoshop for his printing business 10 years ago—and, well, he never left.
By Starshine Roshell | Monday, October 27, 2014
It’s a busy time in a busy world and people aren’t as patient as they used to be. We want what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next—not the same old information we heard about yesterday.
Why, then, are you still stuffing your copy full of been-there-heard-that phrases?
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 19, 2014
Mike Wong didn’t want to build an app. He really didn’t. All he wanted was to take awesome long-exposure photos.
But he could never figure out what shutter speed to use for those trial-and-error pictures.
“I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way than having 50 shots that didn’t work for every one that did,’” says the hobby photographer.
There ought to be an app for that, he thought, as so many of us do these days.
And then—much to his own shock—he built one.
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