BDPA hosts ‘Cincinnati Blacks In Technology’ to collaborate with the vibrant community of like-minded technology professionals of color in our city. The doors are wide open for those folks who passionate about all things technical. Our meetups encourage fun, socializing and high level talks on a variety of technology topics. IT recruiters and IT job seekers are both welcome!
Our topic for October is: "IT Certifications vs. Experience vs. Degrees"
Businesses are investing in IT to help leverage existing resources more thoroughly and find hidden nuggets to put to use. For this reason, there are now more jobs in the IT field than we've seen in quite a few years. It’s that inevitable fork in the road for an IT professional. As a result, a lot of folks are starting to take another look at the IT field as a career choice. What are employers looking for? Certifications? Experience? Degrees? Some combination of the three? Which is more valuable? The answer to these questions depends upon many factors. After all, not all IT certifications or college degrees or job experiences are the same.
These are questions that will be addressed by our guest speaker, Gerald Smith. Gerald is a senior manager with Sogeti and an IT professional with a number of important certifications in program management and agile transformation. He has been a hiring manager looking over resumes and job seekers during his management career at Kroger and Luxottica Retail. Gerald is also a long-time BDPA supporter … once serving on the board as BDPA Cincinnati chapter VP-Strategy & Planning.
We have also asked an executive with Luxottica Retail to drop by to share a brief 'testimonial' on the benefits that her company is getting from its sponsorship of BDPA.
Our meetups have proven to be an excellent venue to exchange ideas and talk about web technology, innovation, open source, share our knowledge and experience with one another. These monthly gathers are used to share the various ways that technology is changing the world. Anyone … regardless of race or color … interested in tech is welcome!
The October meeting will take place on 10/16/13 at the Brown Mackie College. Details, additional information, and registration is available at this link -> -- http://www.meetup.com/TechLife-Cincinnati/events/141818652/