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Digital Competency is a Survival Issue

From the Dean’s Desk:
Digital Competency is a Survival Issue—The most prominent characteristic of the novice can be the fear of looking and feeling incompetent, but the people who excel are the ones who maintain their basic digital competencies. Those are the ones who help their organizations transform and succeed. 

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Veteran imagines UX design job pipeline

A career in UX design is a long way from working as a Navy photographer and plunging 91 feet to the ocean floor to document explosive ordinance cleanups off the coast of Africa.

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Is online learning working for you?

In the post-pandemic world, an open Silicon Valley campus will mean various channels of online learning for professionals who are upskilling for a brighter future. UCSC SIlicon Valley is heading there now.

Career wisdom from the rink

So much of our career success is determined by where we set our gaze, the goals we set for ourselves, the relationships we build and the risks we take. When I was growing up, I was fascinated by computer technologies. I dove passionately into the world of technology and it has been quite a journey. 

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Diversity in leadership

Much has been said in recent years about diversity and inequity in the workplace. Here in Silicon Valley, corporate leaders have promised to increase diversity for years. Many past efforts, however, have only been marginally effective, at best. The historic legacy has been difficult to shift.

The Exciting Growth of IoT

Just about every sector of consumer products and industry will be influenced by the IoT revolution creating many jobs in diverse industries. Learn more about the new UCSC Silicon Valley IoT specialization.

Putting Agile to Work

Neville Mistry, a project management consultant at Kairos Power, juggled multi-million-dollar project management responsibilities for several years before returning to school to boost his career.

The Recipe for Career Success: Technical Skills + Soft, Interpersonal Skills

What are the top 10 soft skills you need to be job ready and grow your career? Learn about them in the new UCSC Silicon Valley online Soft Skills course. It’s free!

Where are the Silicon Valley jobs?

Sure, it’s been an incredibly tough job market for many of us and the horizon is still uncertain. Consider, however, the latest labor news out of the California Employment Development Department on hot, Silicon Valley jobs.

UCSC Silicon Valley-Udacity partnership prepares top caliber data scientists for today’s jobs

University of California instructors will bring Udacity’s widely popular online curriculum to classrooms this fall in a new partnership to prepare data science professionals for the workforce.

Staff Highlight: Connecting our LGBTQ+ youth

Sara Osheim, a UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Student Services representative, is making a difference with “Queer Youth Updates,” a creative monthly newsletter for the Santa Cruz community.

Where were the job gains last month?

The recent spike in unemployment has shaken up the typical unemployment trends in California, pushing up smaller, rural communities in the rankings. The Silicon Valley region dropped to No. 5 in unemployment, tied with Modoc County.

Reinventing education—A historic retrospective of UCSC

The very first days of UC Santa Cruz come alive in striking black and white photographs by Ansel Adams in a newly released two-volume collection of oral histories depicting the 50-year history of the experimental campus.

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IoT skills and data-driven decisions

The $190 billion IoT market is expanding every day building a demand for people with a variety of tech skills. Learn about the market from four industry experts teaching in the new UCSC Extension IoT specialization.

Expanding your procurement skills

Want to rise to the top for your organization? Build your soft skills and knowledge of other disciplines, says the founder of the UCSC Extension Procurement and Supply Chain Management program.