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Learn More Spend Less:

Death_to_stock_photography_weekend_work (9 of 10)So you have your new job and so far it’s going well. However, as you get started you realize “Hey, I think I may be into learning how to code.” This is great! Coding is an in demand skill and you’re investing in yourself. You go! That being said you’re current position is as an administrative assistant and you have no idea how you’ll afford an entry level coding class. Before you hang up your coding hat and slink back to your job, check out some of the websites that we researched and found for you! Whether you want to learn graphic design or English composition, Not only will they teach you what you want to learn, they’re’ free! Here are our favorites:

  1. Cousera boasts over 1500 classes and 140 partners from colleges across the globe. All courses are offered for free, but there is an offer to pay a fee to sign up for the “Signature Track.” This option provides certificates when you complete the classes. The courses are approximately four to ten weeks long, with one to two hours of video lectures a week. Coursera offers a mobile app for iOS and Android operating systems.
  2. Code Academy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 9 different programming languages like Pytho, JavaPHPJavaScript (jQuery,AngularJS), and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. For people who want extra support, Codecademy also offers a subscription-based service called Codecademy Pro, which costs $20 a month and gives you an adviser and unit quizzes.
  3. EdX is made up of weekly learning experiences. Each exercise is composed of short videos broken up with interactive learning exercises. This allows for students to immediately practice the concepts from the videos. While EdX does offer certificates of successful completion, they do not offer course credit. Course credit is up to the sole discretion of the school. There are a variety of ways to take courses, including verified courses where students have the option to audit the course (no cost) or to work toward an edX Verified Certificate (fees vary by course).
  4. Digital Tutors, now Pluralsight states that it offers close to 4,000 courses in its catalog, has more than 750,000 individual subscribers and more than 6,000 corporate clients. The company has seen rapid growth in recent years, and has been named on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies, ranking the #9 Top Education Company.
  5. Skillshare’s courses focus more on interaction than lecturing, with the primary goal of learning by completing a project. The main categories of learning are creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and technology, with subtopics covering a myriad of skills. Skillshare offers a membership model, for $9.95 a month, as well as an open platform, where anyone can learn and anyone can teach. The Free Membership option gives learners the ability to watch a limited amount of class content each month at no cost.

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5 Reasons We Should Be Taking Culture Fit Seriously

culture imageAt 24 Seven we ensure our clients and candidates will have lasting partnerships. We’ve outlined the five key characteristics to look for in a company. Finding the right culture fit takes time, but it’s the greatest investment you’ll make.

  1. Low Turnover:

When it comes to your interview, don’t be afraid to ask how long the previous person worked in that role. Ideally, you want to learn and grow in a position for at least two years. Joining a company with happy co-workers who are passionate about what they do will make you want to work harder.

  1. Great Training:

It’s also important to ask what kind of training programs the company offers. Learning a new skill not only raises your worth in the eyes of corporate America, but can give you a personal boost of self-confidence. If your company doesn’t offer the training that you are interested in don’t be discouraged, a quick Google search will lead you to online classes that you can take on your own.

  1. No Egos:

Remember, you’re interviewing a company as much as they’re interviewing you. Come to that meeting with a plan of action on how you could grow the position by working with others. You want to be in a culture where employees get praised and rewarded on a job well done. Steer clear of environments where workers are pitted against each other. You’ll find the best work you do will come from the help of others.

  1. Feedback’s a must! 

Ask: does this company stage reviews regularly? Or, possibly even more importantly, do these reviews allow the employee to give their advice on the pros and cons of the process? Always make sure when you’re giving feedback to your boss, to start with what’s working first. As for what’s not working, come with a thoughtful solution for making things better. Never finger point or cast blame on co-workers.

  1. Work-Life Balance:

One of the key components to work-life balance is management. Great managers know how to delegate, train and hire the best talent. Work-life balance means 8-9 hour days with a lunch break, two weeks plus paid vacation and PTO days. The occasional late night or weekend work is okay, and should be expected. Come to work focused and stay on task. If you find yourself in the office late every night, never be afraid to ask for help, especially if it’s known you’re taking on a lot!

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5 Awesome Apps to Download This Week

Looking to download some great new apps for your smartphone? We’ve done our research, so look no further! If you’re doing some smartphone spring cleaning, be sure to make room for these awesome apps!

Soul Cycle

At last! SOUL CYCLE HAS AN APP!  As any avid Soul Cycle rider may know, the wait for an app was a long one. Tap and swipe to search for a nearby studio, favorite instructor, and reserve your favorite bike! Thank you Soul Cycle, we’ll be tappin’ it back with you soon!

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Inspiralized

With the growing popularity of gluten free menu options, and vegetable “pasta”, Ali Maffucci founded Inspiralized Blog. Her mission? To make creative, delicious and nutritious meals by transforming vegetables into “pasta” using a vegetable spiralizer.  Ms. Maffucci and Inspiralized.com are the definitive resource for cooking with a spiralizer. In addition to her blog and recently published cookbook, Inspiralized has an app! Perfect for anyone looking to make healthy meals at home, and great as a grocery shopping resource!  The app also includes featured recipes with gorgeous photos, and user friendly ingredient searches!

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HBO Now

It was only a matter of time until HBO joined the ranks of Hulu Plus and Netflix to offer a monthly subscription service. With more and more people cutting the cord and opting out of cable subscriptions, this is the perfect way to enjoy the excellent programming HBO has to offer.  Award winning shows like Game of Thrones, VEEP, and endless documentaries like The Jinx at our fingertips for only $14.99 a month? Yes please!

 

 

iExit

Ever been on a road trip and had to rely on billboards to find the next rest stop to walk your dog or grab a bite to eat — only to find that no pets are not allowed and the Starbucks has been turned into an oil change station? Frustrating. How awesome would it be to never rely on highway and billboard signs again? Look no further than iExit!  iExit uses a smartphone’s location to determine where a user is located on the interstate and then displays upcoming exits and businesses without the press of a button. Its powerful search engine allows users to filter upcoming exits by whatever they’re looking for, whether that’s for a business, an amenity, or a location. The Search experience has been completely rethought in it’s latest update and comes with 25 “preset searches” designed to quickly address common road trip needs.

 

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Sleep Cycle

Mornings can be a drag. Sometimes no matter how much sleep we get, waking up can feel just plain terrible! We’ve tried Sleep Cycle and we love the results! And you don’t have to take our word for it, it’s been featured in CNN, Wired, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, The New York Times and many more.  Place your smartphone under your pillow and the app actually monitors your movement during sleep using the extremely sensitive accelerometer in your phone.  Sleep Cycle then finds the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm time. Amazing! Waking up the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Two thumbs up!

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The Most Creative Your Home Can Get

Our interior series is back with some sparkling decor inspiration! Your home is your sanctuary and we’re set to give you some pretty ideas about how it could look.

Why settle for a regular at-home bar when you could create one from a vintage TV set?

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No matter what climate you’re located in plants make a difference in brightening up the room. This hanging herb garden is DIY and can be filled with any type of plant.

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If you’re in a rental with a typical white fridge or a breakfast bar, you can create a chalk board and fill it with your to-do list, messages, mantras and recipes.

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Imagine how unique your home would be with this DIY ladder bookshelf.

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A black and white photo wall is stunning.

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A new take on the lamp.

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How creative do you get with your home?

 

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Celebrate Design

Happiness is showcasing smart graphic artists whose work inspires us. Behold, some of our favorite art from designers on the rise. If you’d like your work shown, just let us know!

Societal statements.

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All of the Murray’s.

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Ever enjoy a moon rise?

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Vintage inspired.

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Art made and etched from paper.

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