Kenzie News Roundup 9/11/20

Kenzie News Roundup 9/11/20

Before diving into today’s news, we wanted to take a moment to remember the 9/11 tragedy. May we never forget. 

“Remember the hours after Sept. 11 when we came together as one! It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” —Secretary of State John Kerry

Experts share tips for job hunting during COVID, B2B sales professionals discuss their UX needs, and analog tools increase productivity. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Climbing the career ladder

Where do you want to be in 5 years? This question can be difficult to answer for some Software Engineers (or anyone, really). The tips in this article can help you map out your career journey and get a better grasp of how you can move up the Software Engineering career ladder. Read this one on Built In

No experience? No problem. 

One UX Designer shares his experience job hunting during the pandemic and what he did to land a role despite lacking experience. His account is both relatable and inspiring, especially if you’ve ever been frustrated by the “desired experience” requirements on job listings. Find this one on UX Collective

Using analog tools for a digital life

Automation has the ability to make our lives easier both in and out of the office. But, there’s a solid argument for keeping analog tools in your productivity toolbox. This piece explores the many benefits of using pen and paper in your workflow. Learn more on Fast Company

I got new rules, I count ‘em 

The Wall Street Journal spoke to executives, career coaches, and the newly re-employed to learn the new rules of landing a job in the COVID era. Unlike a particular Dua Lipa song, these new rules include picking up the phone when your exes former acquaintances, coworkers, and others in your professional network call. Read the rules and score a job with these tips on The Wall Street Journal

Collaboration over competition 

While the titles of Web Developer and Software Developer often seem interchangeable, they’re not the same. But, these professionals can learn a lot from each other. Cross-professional collaboration between Web Dev and Software Dev can help increase productivity and close communication gaps. Check out what “professional cross-pollination” can do on Interesting Engineers

UX cashes in 

Stefan Backlund, a venture partner and investor, divulges his tips for bringing good UX practices into B2B sales experiences. According to Stefan, there’s a lot of work to be done in making B2B sales more customer-friendly. His primary piece of advice to improve this particular user journey is to mimic the quality UX found in consumer sales. Read more on The Paypers.

TLDR: “Chess (yes, chess) is now a streaming obsession”

Did you have “chess live-streams blowing up” on your 2020 Bingo card? It’s true — Twitch live-streamed chess tournaments are gaining popularity. Read more about how this classic cerebral game has made it into digital spaces in this long-form piece 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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