Career Lesson: Business is much like tennis. Those who serve well, generally end up winning.

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“A Beautiful Mind” Nobel-Prize Winner and Mathematician, Dr. John Nash Dies Aged 86

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Dr. John Nash, aged 86, was killed along with his wife Alicia, in a taxi crash on Saturday in New Jersey. The pair were returning from a trip to Norway where he had received the Abel prize, a high-ranking honor in mathematics.

Nash is celebrated for his Nobel-prize winning discovery known as the Nash equilibium, and also for being the inspiration behind the major motion picture “A Beautiful Mind” (in which he was portrayed by Russell Crowe). The film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2001, and raised awareness for the stigma associated with mental illness.

A Beautiful Mind (2001) was an American biographical dramatic film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film stars Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany,  Judd Hirsch,  and Christopher Plummer in supporting roles.

A Beautiful Mind (2001) was an American biographical dramatic film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film stars Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Judd Hirsch, and Christopher Plummer in supporting roles.

Nash’s award-winning theory has been used in a broad range of fields, including economics, social sciences, evolutionary biologies. He has also been attributed to influencing computing and artificial intelligence. In 2011, the NSA declassified letters he wrote in the 1950s where he anticipated many concepts of modern cyptography. He was a man ahead of his time, who overcame mental illness to pursue excellence within his field. He was a true inspiration and leader. RIP.

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Career Lesson: To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift.

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Here’s Why Learning Code Will Make You the Office Hot Shot, and Land You Almost Any Job

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely have some sense of how crucial mobile and web coding has become over the past couple of years. It is no longer a semi-requirement for businesses to have a strong web presence; if you don’t have a cyber existence, you might as well not exist at all.

For this reason, companies are eagerly seeking individuals with experience building websites and web & mobile applications. Having coding skills gives you a one-up over your competition, and allows you to bring one more (and very desired) attribute to the table. Digital skills are desired job skills.

Non-Coding Jobs That Like Seeing Coding Skills

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Image: Weldbham

1. Advertising/Marketing Manager

Key skills in this role are blogging, social media management and graphic design. If you can bring knowledge of UX design, HTML, and web compatibility, you will be able to invaluably contribute to your organization’s website design team. When communicating with your development team, you can also use the appropriate terminology and technical jargon to guarantee less redundancies and miscommunication.

2. Technical Writer

Key skills in this role are writing internal documents, generating customer support materials and generating blog content. Having a firm grip on coding will ensure you know what you’re talking about, and connect better with your readers. Industry experts and enthusiasts can pick up quickly if a writer doesn’t know her or his subject.

3. Project Manager (PMs)

Project Managers tend to manage budgets, timelines, large project teams and measurable deliverables. PMs that posses coding skills communicate easier with individuals in technical roles (developers, engineers, QAs) and serve as a powerful link between teams that are not as familiar with tech jargon. They are needed across a wide variety of industries, and tend to coordinate with teams of engineers, designers and upper-level managers.

4. Product Managers 

Product managers oversee the full-cycle product development experience, from the early planning stages to execution. Similar to project managers, they communicate and manage large teams of individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields. If you have the technically savvy to clearly communicate what you need to your development & engineering teams, you are more likely to get the product result you require. It is also more likely that you will save time for your whole development team, and be recognized by upper management as being more efficient at task execution.

5. UX/UI Designers

Let me clarify that these two roles are not the same – User Experience (UX) Designers tend to conduct research and design to ensure the delivery of user-friendly products, while User Interface (UI) Designers tend to focus more on the interface, or the appearance of the product.  In other words, UX specializes more on the visceral experience of the product, while UX which focuses on the infrastructure of it.

Knowing coding in both roles is invaluable, however, as it can help you understand the logical boundaries and expectations to request from your development team.

6. Analytics Associate

This role measures long lists of data, and identifies trends or patterns within the numbers. It probably won’t surprise you that in this role, which requires logical and quantitive analytical skills, having knowledge of data visualization tools like d3.js (ie. JavaScript) would be helpful. Having knowledge of a programming language used in statistical computing can’t hurt either.

Where to Learn Coding in Toronto

There are plenty of hacking and growth workshops located throughout the GTA, especially within the downtown core. Here are just a couple for you to browse through. In many cases, courses are offered both after work or as 3-month long intensives.

Content: Mashable

Career Lesson: What you do makes a difference, and & you must decide what kind of difference you want to make.

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Career Lesson: Accomplishment is a journey, not a destination.

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