Kenzie News Roundup 7/24/20

Kenzie News Roundup 7/24/20

A new study reveals what hiring managers look for in a Software Engineer interview, tech companies share how they use pair programming, and we examine why you should crowdsource your job search. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Next-gen game consoles tackle UX 

User experience (UX) design is taking center stage as gaming developers Sony and Microsoft work on their next generation of consoles. In order to stay competitive in an age of mobile gaming and portable systems like the Nintendo Switch, both of these brands are focusing on modernizing their UX. Learn more on Built In

Crowdsourcing your job search

It’s not always what you know, it’s who you know. For Forbes Senior Contributor Jack Kelly, job searching in the time of ‘rona equates to less shame and more opportunity to leverage your networks. Whether it’s asking family and friends for leads or becoming a LinkedIn pro, crowdsourcing your job search can help you land the role. Read the full article here

Bringing UX to AI

UX is everywhere and this story from TechCrunch details the ways quality UX design can impact AI. The Trevor Project, the largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, pairs UX and machine-learning to create a safe and transparent experience for site users. Read this one here

What hiring managers look for in a Software Engineer interview

A new study by North Carolina State University and Microsoft found that interviewers often use technical interviews to look at a candidate’s level of on-the-job performance anxiety rather than their technical skills. The results could spark a necessary conversation within tech about how to improve industry hiring practices. They also point to the importance of training for public speaking and soft skills as a tech professional. Learn more at Ladders

UX designer ups your selfie game

Running out of creative selfie ideas during lockdown? UI/UX Designer Kristina Vilyams is using her tech skills and love of art to help you out. She’s created Instagram filters inspired by some of her favorite pieces (mostly mirrors) from designers like Ettore Sottsass and Memphis Group. It’s just proof that UX Designers really can do anything— from helping us take bomb selfies to building empathetic websites. Peep this story on Architectural Digest

Pair programming on the job

Pair programming is an agile software development technique where 2 programmers write and review code together. It requires a mix of soft and technical skills and, if done well, it can facilitate growth for both engineers. This interview looks at how 3 different companies use pair programming to maximize productivity, ensure clean code, and onboard new candidates. Learn more at Built In

Tech Tip of the Week: How to stop doomscrolling 

How are you really doing this week? Anxious? Tired? Taking in too much information? Writer Brian X. Chen spoke with Dr. Vivek Murthy, former surgeon general, to learn some tips on dealing with the urge to seek out doom-and-gloom news, maintaining mental health, and fighting screen addiction. Read his advice on The New York Times

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Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at

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