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Job Seeker News and Events – Feb. 29, 2016

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News and events related to job search and the workforce in DuPage County: Downers Grove company named “Best and Brightest,” the rise of the data scientist, automation in both IT and truck driving, and more!

Upcoming Events

Ace the Interview Through Storytelling – Need a boost for your job search? Come to our Job Club on Friday, March 11, 2016. The featured speaker will be Jim Wasiak (Career Coach, Success Enhancements) and his presentation will be “Ace the Interview Through Storytelling.” Learn more about our upcoming Job Club meetings »

Job Search and Workforce News

DuPage Manufacturer Named “Best and Brightest to Work For”– Flexco, a manufacturer based in Dowers Grove, has been recognized by NABR (National Association for Business Resources) as one the nation’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.” Criteria for winning this award include: compensation, benefits, employee education and development, employee achievement and recognition, diversity and inclusion, and work-life balance. Read more at the Flexco website.

Chicago Emerging as a Data Science Hub – If you have the skills and the talent for data science, now is the time to get into it. According to this Crain’s article, Chicago can boast that it is home to a number of data and analytics startups, and “data scientist” is currently a very hot (and lucrative) job. Now is a great time to be a data scientist. In fact, it might be the best time for data science. A number of articles, including this at Fortune, indicate that data science functions will likely to become automated.

Delivery Driver Jobs to Become Automated? – Google seems to think so. On February 9, the company was awarded a patent for an “Autonomous Delivery Platform.” The patent application includes “methods, computer program products, and systems for autonomous delivery of packages.” Read more at Fleetowner.com.

Female Truck Driver Talks About Why She Loves Her Job – Leah Evans, a driver for Saia LTL Freight, started as a team OTR driver in 1996 and has worked with the company for more than 16 years. In this article at Fleetowner.com, she talks about why she loves trucking.

Gender Bias in the Open Source Community – A new study has delved into the profiles of programmers on Github, and preliminary findings suggest that women may be better coders, but also face gender discrimination on the Git hub platform. Read more at Science Technology Gist.

How IT Professionals Can Prepare for Automation – According this article at Network World, 70% of corporate executives say they are making significantly more investments in artificial intelligence. Automation is expected to impact those working in IT. In that article a tech CEO offers his perspectives on how to prepare for the coming of intelligent machines.