April 1, 2016: Friday news roundup

Happy April Fool’s Day! We’ll leave the pranks to others and stick to the news.

Meeting students where they are
Bill Gates wades into the debate over the value of higher education in this post. The famous Harvard drop-out praises less “elite” universities for accepting “at-risk” students who weren’t star overachievers in high school, are first in their families to attend college, or come from low-income backgrounds.

Finding a job that works for you
Deciding where to direct your career can be really stressful. This article explains why it’s especially hard for young people, who focus more on short-term payoffs than long-term happiness. Fortunately, you don’t have to feel locked into the major you studied in school or the field you started out in.

Why learning to code won’t save your job
No one would blame you for thinking the solution to career insecurity these days is to become a programmer. Alas, it might not be that simple. This article explains why, although these skills are currently in high demand and well-compensated, much of that work will get outsourced or automated.

Medical, dental, 401(k)? Now add school loan aid to job benefits
This could be a real game-changer if more employers follow suit. Here, Fidelity is the company that’s announced a new student loan repayment benefit. But they’re not just being generous. As the article explains, “the benefit helps address what some employers describe as a challenge attracting and retaining younger workers, many of whom can’t see beyond the burden of their student debt.”

Kolkata is India’s untold tech story, and most challenging
India is “a laboratory of the future,” according to the country’s minister of state for finance, and foreign companies are lining up to secure their piece of the pie. In the city of Kolkata, however, a number of significant challenges stand in the way, including poor Internet connectivity and a limited talent pool. Udemy CEO Dennis Yang is quoted talking about how online learning is helping the region upskill the local workforce to meet demand.