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Jobs in the Software Industry Aren't Just for Programmers

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As anyone who has read a blog post from me over the past two years knows, I am passionate about creating jobs in the software industry.  Over 5 million manufactuering jobs have been lost in the United States alone since the year 2000 and no industry since has been able to keep pace with the creation of middle-income jobs needed to offset this massive loss.  I believe fervently that the software industry, if managed correctly, provides exactly that opportunity.

One important reason why I believe there is such a big opportunity here is that not all software industry jobs are programming jobs.  While I do believe that anyone can learn to program, I also know that not everybody wants to.  That is one of the reasons I am so excited to announce our Digital Project Manager Apprenticeship Program.  Headed up by our phenomenal Director of Project Management, Hayli Hay, the program provides entry-level job opportunities to people interested in the exciting and opportunity rich field of Digital Project Management, in the same way that our Technology Apprenticeship Program provides an entry point for brand new programmers.

We hope that other companies will follow suit and we welcome any questions regarding the model, curriculum, timeline and budget.  

If we, as an industry can get this right, we can not only solve our long term talent shortage problem but we can provide a path for people in our communities to move out of dead-end low-paying jobs, into a career in a vibrant industry that some of us have been fortunate enough to stumble into.

Let's all work together.

Date posted: July 21, 2016

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About the Author

Joaquin Lippincott, CEO

Joaquin is a 20+ year technology veteran helping to lead businesses in the move to the Cloud. He frequently speaks on panels about the future of tech ranging from IoT and Machine Learning to the latest innovation in the entertainment industry.  He has helped to modernize software for industry leaders like Sony, Daimler, Intel, the Golden Globes, Siemens Wind Power, ABC, NBC, DC Comics, Warner Brothers & the Linux Foundation.

As the CEO and Founder of Metal Toad, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, his primary job is to "get the right people in the room".  This one responsibility is cross-functional and includes both external business development functions as well as internal delegation and leadership development.

A UCLA alumni, he also serves in the community as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, and Stand for Children Oregon - a public education political advocacy group. As an outspoken advocate for entry-level job creation in tech he helped found the non-profit, P4TH, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of entry-level jobs in the tech industry, and is in the process of organizing an Advisory Board for the Bixel Exchange, a Los Angeles non-profit that provides almost 200 tech internships every year.


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