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A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills, not a college degree

from The New York Times

A few years ago, Sean Bridges lived with his mother, Linda, in Wiley Ford, West Virginia Their only income was her monthly Social Security disability check. He applied for work at Walmart and Burger King, but they were not hiring. Yet while Bridges had no work history, he had certain skills. He had built and sold some stripped-down personal computers, and he had studied information technology at a community college. When Bridges heard IBM was hiring at a nearby operations center in 2013, he applied and demonstrated those skills. more

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