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Where do I go for resources and information on the tech industry?

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Naveen’s Answer

Google is probably the best way to start. If you are interested in mobile, automation, virtualization, one of the best places to start about latest news is www.lightreading.com

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Yeskendir (Alex)’s Answer

If you are enrolled in college, check out the career site and see if there are any resources on industry guides. At my university, we had a subscription with Vault, which is a great resources that published various industry guides and goes into details about what careers you can pursue in an industry. For example, I read some guides on management consulting and accounting before deciding on what I want to pursue, and it was great because it was super detailed and even had "day in the life" sections which outlined what kind of work you'd be doing. I definitely suggest you look up industry guides on Vault or just google industry guides in tech and you should get some helpful resources.

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Sean’s Answer

Hi Jeremiah,

The 'watering hole' that most folks in silicon valley look to is hacker news: http://news.ycombinator.com/

It's a listing of technical articles. The comments are the (in)famous part of hacker news. Personally I disagree w many many of the comments posted, and thats ok. Reading the comments (in addition to the articles) may help you understand how folks in tech think about the subject. And if you understand how technology folks think about these topics, you'll start to get a feel for what is happening in the tech sector.

Hope that helps :)
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Ernie’s Answer

Jeremiah,

Not sure what type of resources and information on the technology industry you are looking for and for what purpose. Information about Company Rankings, Company Reviews, and Internship Programs are provided by Vault as previously listed. Check your school or local library for these sources.

To gain an understanding of the latest Technology Trends I review the top 10 strategic technology trends for the year. These are usually published early in the new year by a number of sources. Each year the latest technology trends are reviewed for the year. These are composed by Gartner, Forbes, Kiplinger, etc. Gartner is a research and advisory company to industries. Forbes is a business magazine. Kiplinger is a business forecaster and personal finance adviser publisher. I use to create a top 10 list of strategic technologies for a large aerospace company before retirement some years ago. It was used to focus our engineers on what trends are happening across the industry. These technology trends shape the future of internal research and development investment and contracts. Technologies at the top of the lists this year involve Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Robotics, etc. Each of these topics fills books with resources and information. Each topic could be a field of study for your graduate engineering studies.

When thinking about a course of study for undergraduate education I am a big believer in generalization. Specific technologies change very fast. I prefer to recommend a general course of study, learning the engineering fundamentals that can be applied to any technology of the future. I prefer to look at graduate education to focus on a specific course of study. To give an example, when I did my undergraduate degree I had one course on programming. I loved the course. Flip forward 10 years and the personal computer was invented. I applied my general engineering degree to get a job using computers. I went back to school and got a graduate degree to help me become a Computer System of Systems Architect. I never looked back. I loved what I did for 35 years and never really worked, it was a hobby I could not get enough of.  

Good luck, hopefully I gave you more to think about.

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