How to Find the Right Job in San Diego

Job seeking today is mostly done online, which means you have more options than ever to find work in your field. Whether you have a degree in graphic design, business, healthcare, or IT – looking both within your field and locally can really help you stand out. Here are a few tips to help you find the right job in the San Diego area.

Whether you’re searching online, attending industry events, or looking for that perfect job at your dream company, consistency is crucial. Create a schedule for how often you’ll search for jobs, how often you’ll apply, and how many times a week or a month you’re willing to meet new people in your industry.

Graphic Design Tip: Get Visible

Visibility is key when you’re seeking a graphic design job. First, create a portfolio site of your previous work whether from school, volunteering or professional samples. If you’re comfortable building a website, hosting your own site is a great way to go.

If you’re not ready to create an entire website yourself, site builders such as Squarespace offer you plenty of customization without the need for a lot of technical skills. There are also many options for portfolio hosting that come almost ready made. Just upload your work to popular sites like Behance or Cargo Collective, and they’ll do the rest.

Next, it’s time to network. Fortunately, San Diego has a thriving design community. Meetup.com lists several dozen graphic design networking groups so you’ll have many choices. Through networking events, you can meet other people in your industry (some of whom may be hiring!) and learn something new, all in a single evening. Busy designers sometimes need colleagues for help with excess work, so getting to know your fellow local designers can help you take a big step forward for your career.

Business Tip: Networking is Key

Most industries are all about relationships, and that’s especially true in business. Aside from applying and interviewing for jobs, networking is the most important job-seeking activity you can do. Use the search feature in Meetup.com to find groups that match your field or specialty. The networking site lists a variety of events for everyone from small business owners, to women in business, to business professionals in tech or marketing.

You can better target your networking (and make sure it sticks, once you start getting to know people in your community) by spending some time on LinkedIn. Start by creating a robust personal profile with a great headshot and ask colleagues for a couple of killer recommendations.

Once that’s done, explore LinkedIn’s groups. The San Diego business-centered groups on LinkedIn are just as varied as the events on Meetup.com – and a great option if you don’t have a lot of time to network face-to-face. With groups, you can see what people are talking about, what their business’s needs are, and who is vocal in your community. Many LinkedIn industry groups also post jobs regularly, so you’ll have another source for new opportunities.

Healthcare Tip: Target Your Search

You’ll find healthcare jobs on websites such as MonsterIndeedJobingCareerBuilder, and Craigslist.

Healthcare jobs are in such demand that you can also seek out hospital-specific hiring sites and still find a great array of jobs. In San Diego, Scripps, UC San Diego, and Sharp have robust and regularly-updated careers pages. These large institutions have a variety of positions and are good places to research to see what kinds of healthcare jobs are in demand.

Since the field is growing, it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes open for new opportunities. A good online search tip is to look at healthcare facilities in the area you want to work in and check their websites to see if there are openings for your particular field or specialty. You can find more local health institutions to investigate through roundups in the San Diego area like the U.S. News and World Report list of hospital rankings.

Information Technology Tip: Check Out Your Online Options

Professional networking, connecting with colleagues, recruiters and employers on LinkedIn, and searching on general job hunting sites like Monster and Craigslist are also great starts if you’re looking to get into the IT sector. As a growing field, there is a large variety of jobs and you’ll want to create a list of potential job titles that match your degree and interests to help you narrow your search and save time when reviewing online listings.

To find your IT match, you can also add more local sites to your rotation, such as San Diego Careers, the San Diego-Union Tribune, and other resources listed on this employment resource guide from the San Diego Public Library. IT jobs are vital positions for companies in a diverse range of industries, so doubling up on national job sites, as well as more focused career-track sites, will ensure you find opportunities that aren’t listed in local resources.

Getting the job that’s right for you is sometimes a numbers game. Keep applying, keep meeting new people, and keep honing your professional online presence, and you’ll get closer to the job that fits your skills.

Discover your talents at California College San Diego. We offer a wide variety of degree programs designed for some of today’s fastest-growing career fields, such as businesshealthcare, and information technology. Call 800-622-3188 or visit http://www.cc-sd.edu/ today to learn more.

Top 10 Movies about College Life

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of movies about life in college, and for good reason: it’s a transformative experience.

It’s the perfect backdrop for stories about characters progressing through a range of emotions, generally ending with a positive outcome in a conveniently packaged story arc.

Here are some of our favorite movies set in that amazing, exciting, yet confusing and triumphant time of life.

Rudy

This movie is a classic tale about an underdog who remains true to his passion, follows his dreams, and comes out on top.

Overcoming physical obstacles such as dyslexia, coupled with a comparatively small stature, Sean Astin’s character is accepted to the prestigious Notre Dame University and eventually fulfills his dream of playing on the Fighting Irish football team.

Pitch Perfect

Seated in a bed of fluffy pop tunes and cheesy choreography, this aca-drama is another tale of self-discovery and the importance of teamwork.

While it may be labeled as a “chick flick”, both guys and gals alike can’t help but laugh out loud at the collegiate antics peppered throughout this movie.

Legally Blonde

This film’s main character starts out as a self-involved, superficial young woman, who, through the course of the movie, comes to realize her own intelligence and independence as well as the importance of helping others.

Beyond the clichés lies a timeless message about the value of hard work, self-reliance, and selfless giving that transcends the late 1990s/early 2000’s obsession with fashion.

Monsters University

Although this movie is geared towards children, the whole family will enjoy watching Mike and Sulley’s outrageous antics as their friendship develops and the story progresses.

We learn that if monsters from all backgrounds band together to overcome their pride, they will succeed. The results are both heartwarming and hilarious!

Old School

A perennial favorite that’s not as much about school as it is about friendship, love, and beating the odds.

Who can forget the streaking or the house party with a cameo by Snoop Dogg? And what about the superfluous Andy Dick scene? Underneath the Vince Vaughn monologues and Will Ferrell antics, this film is a must-watch tale of good guys winning.

Dead Poets Society

What is there to say about Dead Poets Society that hasn’t been said? A true classic, its inclusion on this list was a given.

Whenever most people hear ‘O Captain, my Captain”, they think of Robin Williams’ iconic character, Mr. Keating. Go out and Carpe Diem, everyone!

With Honors

After a computer malfunction, Brendan Fraser‘s character is extorted by Joe Pesci’s character into exchanging food, shelter, and other services for the only extant copy of his thesis, one page at a time.

Pesci’s character develops a deeper relationship with Fraser and his friends, and the group learns lessons they couldn’t get in the classrooms at Harvard.

Admission

Paul Rudd and Tina Fey star in engaging dramatic roles, and we get a peek at the admissions process for an ivy-league college. There’s far more to this love story than romance.

Good Will Hunting

Robin Williams turns up for the second time on our list in a dramatic role.

This film takes place partly at MIT, but largely deals with the development of Matt Damon’s character as he, despite being a genius, struggles with personal relationships and his fear of getting close to others.

The Social Network

Dramatized or not, this story of the beginnings of Facebook is a good watch. Maybe there’s not a moral to this story, though it might be a cautionary tale about business practices or why being a jerk usually leads to bad karma.

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A common theme of these movies, and of college itself, is figuring out who you are. Of course, these films also show drunken antics, love mishaps, inevitable conflict with family and friends, a little trouble with the law, and many other escapades, but underlying all that is self-discovery.

Discover your talents at California College San Diego. We offer a wide variety of degree programs designed for some of today’s fastest-growing career fields, such as business, healthcare, information technology, and graphic arts.

Call 800-622-3188 or visit http://www.cc-sd.edu/ today to learn more.

3 Ways to Become a Mobile App Developer

By Chris Bigelow

In today’s high-tech world, mobile app developers are rock stars! Through Apple’s App Store alone, more than 100 billion apps have now been downloaded. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, so far Apple has paid out more than $30 billion to mobile app developers.

In the job market, Android app developers are even more in demand than Apple (iOS). “Jobs posted for Android positions grew by 110 percent from 2012 to 2014 compared to 54 percent for iOS jobs,” reported CyberCoders.com. “Android has been aggressively seizing Apple’s market share. In fact, Android’s share of the market grew by 24 percent year-on-year, compared to iOS’s 17 percent.”

Want a piece of the action? Here are three ideas on how you could launch an exciting new career as a mobile application developer, mobile app designer, or mobile software engineer.

1. Teach yourself

Are you a self-starter, do-it-yourself type? There’s nothing holding you back from getting started now on learning to create mobile apps.

If you’re interested in developing iOS apps, you’ll need to do your programming on a Mac computer. For $99, you can sign up as a developer and download the programming tools. Beginners and experienced programmers alike can find good resources on how to use Apple’s programming tools and languages. For example, take a look at this book: Programming in Objective-C.

To program apps for Android devices, you’ll need a computer that runs Windows, iOS, or Linux. The Android software development kit is free to download. You’ll need to learn Java, a programming language. To view guides on using various Android app tool kits, visit Google’s Android developer website.

Remember, the top question that any employer or client will ask is, “Can you show us examples of mobile apps that you’ve developed?” Additional mobile platforms you could learn include RIM (Blackberry), Symbian, and Windows Mobile. For more helpful tips on becoming an app developer on your own, check out this post.

Before you get too excited about self-education, however, consider this reality check from the New York Times:

“When the market started to take off, anyone with a bit of tech-savviness could download some tools, read some books, or take some classes and then whip up an app. But now that mobile app stores are overflowing with hundreds of thousands of options, consumers are leaning toward buying highly polished apps, and the market is no longer so friendly to amateurs.”

2. Get some training

If you want to get some formal credentials in mobile app development, you could start getting trained and certified. Here’s a helpful overview of some certification opportunities:

While there is no single certification as per industry standards for mobile app development, some employers and companies may require certain certifications or knowledge. Some of the mobile app development certifications available include the MDICD, CompTIA Secure Mobile App Developer Certification, and SCMAD.

The MDI Certified Developer (MDICD) certification is a general mobile developer certification offered by the Mobile Development Institute (MDI). Meanwhile, the CompTIA Secure Mobile App Developer Certification is a security-specific certification offered by CompTIA and viaForensics. Lastly, the Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer (SCMAD) is a programming certificate for the Java 2 Platform.

3. Get your bachelor’s degree

To prepare for a successful career as a mobile app designer, consider getting your degree. “Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field,” reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The best degree programs “tend to cover a broad range of topics,” according to the BLS. “Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation.”

At California College San Diego (CCSD), you can get your degree in Computer Science with a Software and Mobile Applications Development emphasis. You’ll learn valuable skills in object-oriented programming, software testing and security, systems analysis, applications development, and user-interaction design.

With CCSD, you can finish your online bachelor’s degree in as few as 36 months! Now’s the time to get going. Employment of applications developers is projected to grow 23 percent by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to one industry source, “In 2010, the revenue for consumer mobile apps was at $5.2 billion. Meanwhile, the projected revenue for 2016 is $51.7 billion, implying a growth of over 800% in a span of six years.”

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CCSD Spring Into College Open House

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This spring, flowers aren’t the only thing blooming. With the right education, yourcareer could blossom as well. At the San Marcos Spring into College open house event, you can tour our campus, enjoy free food, and learn and experience many things. You’ll also get to meet some of our students, staff members, instructors, and alumni.

Join us for the following events:

Health and wellness fair: May 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bring a friend to school day: May 6 and 7 all day

Military vet guest speaker: May 7 at 12:30 p.m.

At California College San Diego you don’t have to wait until fall to enroll. You can get started this spring! Come learn more about our degree programs designed to help you plant or grow your career in the field of healthcare, business, accounting, or information technology.

 All events and activities will take place at our San Marcos Campus, which is located at 277 Rancheros Drive, Suite 200.