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The BDPA Insider - January 2, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, January 2, 2011
Updated: Sunday, January 2, 2011

The BDPA Insider - January 2, 2011

 

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

Happy New Year!!!

In this issue:

The job market is improving for African Americans in IT

BDPA Fosters Technology Education

2011 BDPA CHICAGO CHAPTER AWARDS BANQUET

GEEKS GONE GREAT goes One on One with Dr. Randal Pinkett

Careers in IT - Typical Career Path

BDPA Detroit Chapter History (1981-2001)

Complete Guide to Accredited Online Colleges

How to Answer the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question

Job Growth Is Likely Next Year. The Question Is: How Much?

Black Enterprise Magazine - Cyberwise

Click here for the latest issue of "The BDPA Insider":

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/01/bdpa-insider-january-2-2011.html

Click here for "The BDPA Insider" Archives:

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The job market is improving for African Americans in IT

"The beauty of the IT industry is that it rewards those with skills, talents and creativity." – Wayne Hicks, BETF

By Sonya Stinson, Contributing Editor

 

When the economy started getting pummeled a few years ago, the IT job market also took some hits, but 2010 may turn out to be its comeback year, says Wayne Hicks, executive director of the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF).

 

"The number of firms that purchased booths for the BDPA career fair in July 2010 is a clear indication that corporate America is looking to hire more IT professionals at all levels," says Hicks.

 

Click here for more:

http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/college/10-winspr/fod_african_americans.htm


BDPA Fosters Technology Education

BDPA Technology Programs are designed to leave a legacy by encouraging a love of technology. Throughout the year, local BDPA chapters conduct technology training programs for the youth in their communities. These programs are designed to expose our youth to the concepts of computers and give them the expertise to develop web applications. Chapters participate in regional competitions throughout the country to further prepare their students for the annual High School Computer Competition held at the National BDPA Conference.

 

"We know that not enough people are entering careers in Information Technology. BDPA is committed to finding creative ways to ensure that more students develop a love of technology and go on to pursue careers to become the IT professionals and innovators of tomorrow," said Yvette Graham, National BDPA President.

 

Click here for more:

http://bdpa.site-ym.com/members/blog_view.asp?id=637492


2011 BDPA CHICAGO CHAPTER AWARDS BANQUET

The BDPA Chicago Chapter

 

cordially invites you and your guests to attend the

 

22nd Annual 2011 Awards Gala

 

This year we will shine the"Spotlight"on our CEO & CIO Champions who not only actively support our "From the Classroom to the Boardroom" mission, but who also visibly promote Information Technology as a driver of business success!

 

You Don't Want To Miss This One!!!

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2010/12/2011-bdpa-chicago-chapter-awards.html


GEEKS GONE GREAT goes One on One with Dr. Randal Pinkett

to discuss his new book: BLACK FACES IN WHITE PLACES

by Sheila Marionneaux

 

 

"Without self-determination and excellence you are not even in the game – you’re on the bench.”

-- Dr. Randal Pinkett

 

I first interviewed Dr. Randal Pinkett right after the 2008 NBDPA Technology Conference, held in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Pinkett had delivered a commanding keynote address, which was the talk of the conference (see http://blacksgonegeek.org/DrRandalPinkett.aspx). A dynamic and engaging speaker, I remember his presence as if it were yesterday. We did not have the occasion to meet, but still, there are individuals who leave life long impressions making you feel as though you know them (I imagine like Wendy Williams’ "friends in her head”). Dr. Pinkett’s keynote address revealed his journey’s accomplishments, beginning with how he created his first enterprise as an undergrad and going on to become a Rhodes scholar, attain heights of success in business while being a sought-after motivational speaker, author, community servant, and so on…. I remember the students (and adults) in attendance being so awe-inspired. Having been in the presence of countless celebrities, (never star-struck), I was equally in awe over the opportunity of the one-on-one interview, which continues to result in the highest number of hits at Blacks Gone Geek.org. I am just as honored and excited today for another chat with Dr. Randal Pinkett, to provide our BGG family a unique glimpse into the motivation and work behind Black Faces in White Places. The title is provocative, yes, and without a doubt, is a must-read for African Americans who are climbing the ranks of industry including corporate America, the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, entrepreneurship, education, government, and more. Heads up – Dr. Pinkett isDEEP and he will definitely leave much on your mind! When I consider the vast array of available resources and tools to support an insightful workplace diversity awareness and preparedness perspective, I can’t think of a better book referral for my peers who share ‘Places’…

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.org/DrRandalPinkett2.aspx


Careers in IT - Typical Career Path

by Milt Haynes

 

Begin with the end in mind – Habit 2, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

 

When we begin with the end in mind, we have a personal direction to guide our daily activities, without which we will accomplish little toward our own goals. Beginning with the end in mind is part of the process of personal leadership, taking control of our own lives.

 

A career in Information Technology is so varied that we can only begin to outline what is available. I found several charts and career guides on the internet that show some of the more common job titles and career progressions. I’ve posted them on Blacks Gone Geek and I’m hopeful these resources will help you chart a course to your career success.

 

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/01/careers-in-it-typical-career-path.html


2010 In Review

by Ricardo Wilkens, RixBits

Well, we’ve closed the books on 2010. :) As I reflected back, I thought it would be nice to look at all the koolgeekstuff I’ve been able to be a part of this year. 2010 marks the beginning of my journey intofull-time SharePoint consulting, but there were also some other memorable techie moments as well. Let’s see….

 

Click here for more:

http://rixbits.blogspot.com/2011/01/2010-in-review.html


BDPA Detroit Chapter History (1981-2001)


Diane Davisserved as BDPA Detroit chapter president prior to her reign as our national president. Diane taught many of us the importance of recognizing BDPA's legacy. She always took time to pay honor to those that came before her in BDPA.

 

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2009/12/bdpa-detroit-chapter-history-1981-2001.html


Complete Guide to Accredited Online Colleges

Online Colleges is a nonprofit resource for students considering attending an online college. It gives students the most comprehensive and unbiased list of online colleges and universities on the web. We will combine existing lists of online colleges and find unlisted ones, putting them all in a single page. Students can use this for a more educated choice about where they want to go to college. Linking directly to the college, we also give an overview of its distance education, and list its accreditation data. We accept no sponsorships from any college. Currently our database has 343 colleges listed, making it the most comprehensive list of its kind on the web. If you would like to add a college or suggest a change for a schools listing, please contact us.

Click here for more info: http://www.onlinecolleges.org/


How to Answer the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question

By Lee E. Miller

 

When I was a human resources executive doing hiring interviews, I almost always began my interviews with candidates by requesting, "Tell me about yourself.” I did that for a number of reasons, the most important of which was to see how the candidates handled themselves in an unstructured situation.

Most candidates find this question to be a particularly difficult one to answer. That is a misplaced view. This question offers an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths. Be prepared to deal with it. These days, it’s unavoidable. Like me, most interviewers start off their interviews with this question. A lot of interviewers open with it as an icebreaker or because they're still getting organized, but they all use it to get a sense of whom you are.

Click here for more:

http://technology.theladders.com/career-advice/how-to-answer-tell-me-about-yourself-interview-question


Job Growth Is Likely Next Year. The Question Is: How Much?

The last few months have seen a flurry of economic stimulus measures: The Federal Reserve has begun its purchase of $600 billion in bonds, and Congress has passed -- and President Barack Obama has signed -- a broad extension of tax cuts, including a surprise decision to cut the Social Security withholding tax by 2%. But will any of those measures create enough new jobs to finally get the economy moving?

Among economists, the consensus is that the job outlook will improve very slowly in the first half of 2011.

See full article from DailyFinance:

http://srph.it/gDtfuG


Black Enterprise Magazine - Cyberwise

 

There is a lot of talk on social media sites about diversity in technology and the lack of women in the space. I am a developer looking to eventually branch out on my own, but I am not in a network. How can I become part of the conversation?

 

Click here for more:

http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/04/15/cyberwise-2/


2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

 

Early bird registration for $350 now open!

 

Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

http://bdpa.site-ym.com/?page=Conference2011


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