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May 6, 2016: Friday news roundup

Here in the U.S. (and a whole bunch of other countries, in fact), Sunday is Mother’s Day, so I hope you’ve made plans to treat the moms, grandmoms, and any other mother figures in your life. For most of us, our mothers were the first teachers we ever had, and they never really stop guiding us with their wisdom and experience. Mothers of the world, we salute you!

93% of India’s B-school graduates are useless
That’s a very alarming headline. So what’s the problem? According to the authors of a new report, “Lack of quality control and infrastructure, low-paying jobs through campus placement and poor faculty are the major reasons for India’s unfolding B-school disaster.” Outdated curricula also contribute to the problem.

How the “what’s your current salary?” question hurts the gender pay gap
Last time you interviewed for a job, you likely were asked to provide your compensation history. It’s always posed a conundrum for job seekers looking to position themselves for the best starting salary. Now comes evidence that the “current salary” question reinforces the wage gap between men and women.

How to get unstuck in your career
You’ve been working for a few years, things are going fine, but you’re not sure where to go from here. You’re not alone! This article explores the difference between developing depth vs. breadth of skills, and which path to choose, depending on your goals.

How to know which skills to develop at each stage of your career
Speaking of career direction, this article posits that most people start out being valued for their hard skills but, as they gain experience, it’s the soft skills that’ll keep them on an upward trajectory. This article offers some good advice on developing soft skills while still keeping your technical chops up to date.

Coding: 16-year-old Fremont student writes AP test-prep book, creates online course
Last but definitely not least, meet overachiever Moksh Jawa, whose love of computer science led him to become a Udemy instructor. His free course on “Decoding AP Computer Science A” has nearly 4,000 students and is getting great reviews. That’s why he landed on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News. Keep up the great work, Moksh!

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