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5 Tips to help you become a software developer

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Software development jobs are amongst the fastest growing jobs globally and a lot of people who have realized this have decided to pursue or switch careers in this direction.

If you are one of these people, we have a few tips which we believe can help in your journey to becoming a developer.

1. Develop a passion for solving problems

The fundamental skill that you are valued for as a developer is your problem-solving skills and then your ability to translate your solutions into code. It would be worthwhile to train yourself to tackle challenging problems that you come across on a day to day basis.

2. Learn more than one programming language

The famous ‘law of the instrument’ by Maslow states “ To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. If all you have in your programming toolbox is Python, you will want to solve every problem using python even when it is not the best option. The advantage of knowing more than one language is that it makes the task of deciding which tool is best suited for a particular problem much easier.

A good platform to achieve this is codewars.com which gives you the option of solving the same problem in multiple languages.

3. Be constantly learning and up-skilling.     

Because the tech/software developing industry is an ever evolving field, constant development of one’s skill will be essential. This can be done in the form of reading books or attending seminars to help refine your expertise.

4. Work on as many projects as you can.

The best way to complement your qualification is with a large collection of projects that you have worked on. These projects mean more to a potential employer as they help gauge your level of expertise.

5. Finally, Find a mentor. 

Find someone with experience that’s already doing the kind of work you’d like to do that can help review your work and help you become a better developer. You can also join online peer review platforms where more seasoned developers can look at work and advise you on how you can improve.

There’s a whole lot more one can do to get started as a developer but we trust the few points stated above are a good start.

If you are wondering what courses would be best take to start your journey to become a software developer, we have a few recommendations for you. You can click on the link below and we will either call/email to provide some advice – Contact us

Or – you can visit our Microsoft Beginners Programming course – and become a Microsoft certified programmer

 

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Our own future #BillGates – meet Sphephelo Mabena

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Here’s our own future #BillGates or #MarkZuckerberg :-). @Sphephelo Mabena only Grade 11 from @St Francis College in Benoni has developed his own mobile app on the Google Play store. Called 𝟒𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 – it was built for minibus taxi commuters, to calculate their change and analyses the history of commuter transactions. To access the app click here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.local.a4local3

 

 

Sphephelo built 𝟒𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 because he witnessed a fight break out in a minibus taxi because of a miscalculation of change. Sphephelo has dreams to become a software engineer (that’s why he joined our Microsoft Programming course) and build his own tech company one day.  

 

If you’d like to follow in Sphephelo’s footsteps – join our Microsoft Programming Certificate. It’s perfect for beginners and you’ll build your understanding in mobile app, web, software development and databases. To find out more – https://www.brighterfuture.co.za/programming/

 

#programming #mobileapp #ProudlySA 

Bill Gates response to Covid-19

By | Business, Computer Science, Coronavirus, Food for thought, South Africa shutdown | 3 Comments

What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us?

BILL GATES:
I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad.

As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me,
just ask Tom Hanks.

2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine)
as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and
to strengthen our family unit.

7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do.
Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are,
a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after
only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.

10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.

13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a great corrector

It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

The Future of Work – Alan Hosking of HR Future Magazine

By | Business, Career guidance, Coding, Computer Science, Programming, Tutoring | 3 Comments

ADDRESSING THE ICT SKILLS SCARCITY, UNEMPLOYMENT AND JOB REDUNDANCIES NOW AND IN THE FUTURE – EDUCATION IMPERATIVES FOR 2020

According to the World Bank Report on Digital Skills in Sub Saharan Africa, the demand for ICT skills is expected to grow in the region at a faster rate than other global markets. They further cite socio-behavioural skills as a priority for a future workforce.

Joanne Brink, CEO of Brighter Futures interviews Alan Hosking on the scarcity of ICT skills in the South African workplace. A tech-savvy ex-teacher, with decades of experience in the human capital industry, Alan sheds light on the way forward to bridge the skills gap which is crippling businesses, with opportunities to tackle existing youth unemployment, and importantly protect the jobs of people who have a likely consequence of redundancy given rapidly evolving AI technology.

JOANNE BRINK: IN 2019, PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA EXPRESSED AN URGENT NEED FOR PROGRAMMING TO BECOME COMPULSORY IN SCHOOLS. WILL THIS BE ADEQUATE TO ADDRESS THE SCARCITY OF SKILLS?

ALAN: As ICT industry commentator Adrian Schofield says, we have to fix the education system and provide education to build a foundation and open the eyes of the youth to the opportunities in the digital world. 

So, President Ramaphosa’s suggestion is indeed valid and a step in the right direction, but I predict the Department of Education’s solution will fall short of what industry really needs, and even if it addresses the gaps, it will take decades to implement across the system. Parents can therefore not afford to wait until government has a solution in place. They need to take responsibility for their children’s education by seeking out online and classroom tuition solutions that can give their children a head-start.

To address the existing problem in the workplace, companies should identify and “upskill” existing at-risk-employees who, with the emergence of AI and other technology, will very likely become redundant. Offering ICT skills to appropriately selected candidates can address the more pressing needs in the present as well as prepare employees for future career path shifts.

JOANNE BRINK: YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IS CURRENTLY PEGGED AT OVER 60% AND GROWING – HOW CAN YOUTH BE BEST ABSORBED INTO THE WORKPLACE, IN PARTICULAR THE ICT SECTOR?

ALAN: Generally speaking, there’s not so much a shortage of jobs in the ICT sector as there is a shortage of skills – hence the “war for talent” of which people speak. It is suggested that 5 000 immigrants are taking up jobs in the ICT sector in South Africa and companies are finding themselves with inhibited economic growth as a result of the ICT skills shortage. We need programmes like the Brighter Futures Coding Cafe to fast-track our youth into the growing number of un-filled programming jobs across the globe. In the US alone over one million coding jobs are unfilled.  

There is also a significant opportunity for unemployed young graduates to become part of the ICT education solution. With little investment in upskilling, they can become ICT tutors and teachers in schools. Imagine the kick-start this could give to ICT education!

Because of the rapid pace of innovation and disruption, learning from the past is no longer enough. We now also need to learn from the future. This presents a further opportunity for youth to contribute to a world in which our youth, along with innovators and global forerunners, are the best source of future trends. Companies should therefore deliberately engage with the youth to uncover infinite unexplored possibilities for their businesses in the future. I have been encouraging forward thinking companies to introduce co-mentoring where seasoned mentors are paired with younger co-mentors. This facilitates a mutual exchange of ideas and insights, which leads to futuristic thinking.

JOANNE BRINK: GIVEN YOUR PAST EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER AND NOW A VOCAL ADVOCATE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ONLINE LEARNING VS CLASSROOM LEARNING?

ALAN: Online learning has a valuable role to play in terms of just-in-time, anywhere/anytime learning, but it is largely limited to providing information only. Classroom learning, however, particularly with regard to young people, offers much more in terms of an emotional connection between the learners and the facilitator. Collaboration, critical thinking, decision making, leadership, teamwork, reflection and problem solving are cited as critical skills for the future. These so-called “soft skills” cannot however be learned as effectively online. In addition, classroom tuition facilitates socialisation, which can be used to create focus and nurture collective consciousness. The same can be said for adult learning.

In conclusion; the eternal, universal methods of teaching children that have worked for thousands of years should not be abandoned in the quest to expedite ICT skills development, but what, how and when we learn has to evolve to the next level. The tragedy is that it is unlikely that the education system will get there early enough. 

Joanne Brink is the founder and CEO of Brighter Futures (www.brighterfuture.co.za). Together with university students & graduates employed as tutors and centre managers, Brighter Futures offers Microsoft certified programmes at their Coding Cafes in 25+ school centres in the Gauteng region with a growing footprint. The Coding Cafe offering has emerged as a result of their success in maths tuition, with parents, teachers and learners in awe of the difference they have made in the lives of those they have engaged with.

Alan Hosking is the Publisher of HR Future magazine (www.hrfuture.net), which prepares people and companies for the future of work. He is a leadership development expert who specialises in developing leaders of all ages to reboot their leadership skills for the future. His company, Osgard, is an authorised reseller for a world-first Artificial Intelligence technology that digitises human expertise. In 2018, Alan was named by US web site Disruptordaily.com as one of the “Top 25 Future of Work Influencers to Follow on Twitter”.  

You gave our children reason to dream..

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From Monica Kenneth, parent of Masechaba (Gr 8) and Thabo (Gr 9) at Uitsig High School

“Morning, my deepest and sincere appreciation to you Agi, you’ve been everything we’ve never been to our children, u gave our children reason to dream and to achieve those dreams, you really empowered our kids and we are really grateful. They’ve made it to the next grade and thanks to you, all your hard work and dedication didn’t go in vain. Looking forward to start a new year with a bañg and having you by their side, we are certain that victory is ours. Have a blessed , merry and prosperous Xmas and New year in advance. Monica”

December Newsletter 2019

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I can’t believe how the year has flown – yet it’s also felt really long! I’m sure you also feel the need for some R&R and we wish you and your family all the best for the festive season. 

At Brighter Futures – we had an exciting year:
1) As part of our vision to bring 21st century critical skills to our learners, for jobs that haven’t been invented yet – we attended the International Technology Association’s “Future of Technology” conference – read more about it…

2) In line with our vision, we launched the Microsoft Software Development Certificate programme (Coding) for high schools. Read more about how our Gr8-11 learners from Bryanson, Curro and Sacred Heart College performed. We’ll be rolling the Coding programme out to 20+ Gauteng high schools next year. Read more… 

3) Maths Cafe – Feel Good, Do Better, Be Best
Testing over 15,000 Gr8 and 9 learners, our diagnostic assessments show that 40-50% cannot do the primary school basics. Maths Cafe is an 8 month programme that will unlock those blocks in maths by targeting the foundations and building learners confidence. Let’s help learners feel excited about maths again. Hear from our learners, parents and teachers. Read more….

We look forward to continuing to expand our programmes and centres, helping more learners develop the critical 21st century skills required – for jobs that don’t even exist yet.

Warm regards,
Joanne

Brighter Futures CEO
087 805 2600

Glen Sayers from Bryanston High

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Glen Sayers, Gr11 from @Bryanston High scored 82% on the Microsoft MTA exam. Glen thought the MTA course was a “breath of fresh air as it was very different learning outside of my school’s teachings. I enjoyed how all of the work learnt can be easily related to relevant needs and requirements in the modern world.” We think Glen’s positive attitude and outlook on life will take him far!

Paveshan Nair wants to work in AI or robotics

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Paveshan Nair – Gr11 from Curro Thatchfield Independent School achieved 86% on the Microsoft MTA Software Development Fundamentals. Praveshan likes reading comics, watching movies, playing video games and interacting with technology, especially programming. “I enjoyed the computer science course mostly because of technology’s functions and capabilities. I hope to one day have a career rooted in computer science such as AI development or robotics.The course was very informative, and the tutor made me enjoy the lessons and helped me understand the content thoroughly.” Thanks to @Sibusiso Mkhombe for being such a great tutor!

For more information on the Microsoft MTA Programming course for 2020 – call 087 805 2600 or email info@brighterfuture.co.za

Youngest Microsoft Computer Programmer (MTA) graduate in SA?

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Meet Shahir Dukhan. He is only Gr8 from Bryanston High School South Africa (Official) and managed to pass with 76% on the Microsoft MTA Programming course! We’re so proud and it goes to show that if you’re passionate about computer science – you will succeed! Shakir hopes that he will become an IT Specialist one day. “The tutor – @Sibusiso Mkhombe – was excellent and an incredible person and educator. He explained concepts in such a way that it was easy to understand, even those things which at first seemed too difficult. He had a nice way of breaking them down concepts to our level. The course was a very good experience for me.”

For more information on the MTA Programming Course for 2020, call 087 805 2600 or email info@brighterfuture.co.za