December 4, 2015: Friday news roundup

After a Thanksgiving hiatus, the roundup is back! It’s a busy day around Udemy, as we pack up our office and prepare to move into a new space on Monday. So, before everything gets sealed inside a box, here’s this week’s selection of recommending reading.

These will be the most in demand jobs in 2016
Thinking of changing careers in the new year? Your best bets may be in the fields of nursing and software engineering, not surprisingly. There’s also a scarcity of long-haul truckers. Even if you’re not sure you’re qualified for these positions, this article suggests prospective workers apply anyway and look for opportunities for on-the-job training.

Closing the cybersecurity talent gap, one woman at a time
Within the field of software engineering, cybersecurity is hot for job seekers. According to the survey cited here, 86 percent of businesspeople surveyed believe there is a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals. One reason — cybersecurity training can be costly and hard to access. (We’ve got a bunch of reasonably priced cybersecurity courses in the Udemy marketplace.)

Why millennials may not produce many more Mark Zuckerbergs
Another news roundup, another article about millennials… Here we have another survey of millennial attitudes toward work, and the findings suggest this generation values work-life balance above all. Another interesting tidbit — fewer millennials are interested in starting their own companies, hence, the headline reference to new dad Zuckerberg. The responses varied by demographic too: “Fully half of African Americans and 43 percent of Hispanics say starting their own business is important to them, compared with 24 percent of whites.”

Seven ways to rebound after hitting a brick wall with a tech problem
In her capacity as a member of the Forbes Technology Council, Udemy’s VP of Engineering Claire Hough chimes in on how tech teams can push through challenges. Her advice — step back and revisit the question you’re trying to solve to see if it can be reframed.

7 life skills that tech will make obsolete in 2016
Cursive writing, addressing envelopes, reading a map, finding a book at the library — sure, we can agree that these “skills” are becoming less integral to normal life. But this article also posits that technology will allow people to do away with face-to-face communication, non-selfie photography, and paying attention. We respectfully disagree and really don’t want to live in an all-selfie world where impatient people only interact via chat apps.