How a single mom of four switched careers to land a six-figure salary

After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. H


After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. H
How a single mom of four switched careers to land a six-figure salary Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-07-10  Authors: chloe taylor
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, learning, switched, experience, program, single, work, salary, mom, coding, land, careers, job, didnt, career, lance, sixfigure


How a single mom of four switched careers to land a six-figure salary

After separating from her husband in June, single mom Shannon Lance found herself suddenly needing to earn enough to support four children. “I have a teaching degree but (teaching) won’t pay the bills for a family of five – it’s just not an option,” she told CNBC. “I thought about nursing, but the biggest drawback was that it required going back to school for two years to get another degree – I didn’t have two years, I have kids and bills to pay.” Despite being a self-confessed technophobe, Lance decided to learn computer coding after a suggestion from her brother-in-law, taking the plunge into an entirely new career path. Lance began her job search after completing an intensive 14-week program with Washington-based Coding Dojo. Just six days after beginning her job hunt, Lance secured a six-figure offer from travel expenses firm SAP Concur. In an interview with CNBC, she shared her tips on achieving success in a new career.

Value your ‘soft skills’

Although a career change can set you back in terms of direct industry experience, Lance urged others not to underestimate the value of basic core capabilities that appeal to employers — like strong communication or leadership skills. “I was (previously) a teacher and had a bunch of professional experience that gave me soft skills which helped land the job,” she said. “(That was) combined with having just coming out of a great program which gave me all the right tech skills.”

Be willing to learn

As well as considering how your skillset could be transferred to a new industry, Lance told CNBC that having the right attitude was a real asset when it came to landing a job with no direct experience. She said she was upfront about what she could and couldn’t do, taking the approach: “I don’t know a lot about it, but I do know a little bit – and I’m willing to learn more.” According to Lance, embracing those knowledge gaps and showcasing a desire for self-improvement could be just as valuable as experience to some employers. “For the job I got, the company was starting a new team that would be using new technology, so we’d all be learning whether they hired somebody with experience or not,” she said. “They wanted people who were capable of learning quickly and who could work and learn under pressure. Going through Coding Dojo proved I had those capabilities and that desire to keep learning.”

Work your own way

Although Lance didn’t feel intellectually limited while learning to code, she said comparing her own pace of work to others’ sometimes led to unnecessary frustration and could impact her confidence. “One challenge was the amount of time it took to get through everything. I don’t think I had trouble with the actual program, but I didn’t have any tech background, so every assignment would take me one and a half times as long as everyone else,” she told CNBC. “Some of the people in my group had played on computers since they were 12 — so the assignments only took 20 to 30 minutes for them to complete.” She said it was important to find your own way to get work done, rather than sticking to the chronological or seemingly “correct” method. Her coding program was organized into three sections, and when she initially attempted to do each assignment in order, Lance found herself falling behind. “I’d have to skip forward and go back again – that’s not a good strategy,” she said. Instead, she got through all of the reading and learning materials for each topic before attempting to complete an assignment. “Make sure you do the reading and homework way before you start struggling with (graded assignments and technical work),” she said. “And make sure you allow yourself enough time outside of class to get stuff done.” Lance also advised those considering a career change not to overestimate their own academic ability. “I was pretty good in school and didn’t have to study a lot,” she said. “I went into Coding Dojo thinking I could get it done quicker, underestimating how much time it would consume. (You have to let it) take as long as it takes.”

Seek support to switch career


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-07-10  Authors: chloe taylor
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, learning, switched, experience, program, single, work, salary, mom, coding, land, careers, job, didnt, career, lance, sixfigure


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

A growing number of Chinese consumers are switching from Apple’s iPhone, paper says

Customers look at products in an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. Huawei is winning over more and more Apple fans in China as the escalated trade tensions have stoked “nationalist sentiment,” according to the South China Morning Post. China’s consumers are increasingly favoring their domestic brands after the U.S. stepped up its action against Huawei, the paper said. The article cited a few anecdotes where people switched to Huawei smartphones from their beloved iPhones to show their


Customers look at products in an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. Huawei is winning over more and more Apple fans in China as the escalated trade tensions have stoked “nationalist sentiment,” according to the South China Morning Post. China’s consumers are increasingly favoring their domestic brands after the U.S. stepped up its action against Huawei, the paper said. The article cited a few anecdotes where people switched to Huawei smartphones from their beloved iPhones to show their
A growing number of Chinese consumers are switching from Apple’s iPhone, paper says Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-05-23  Authors: yun li
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, support, trade, tensions, chinese, store, brands, paper, consumers, number, switched, iphone, switching, winning, apples, growing, huawei, apple, china


A growing number of Chinese consumers are switching from Apple's iPhone, paper says

Customers look at products in an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018.

Huawei is winning over more and more Apple fans in China as the escalated trade tensions have stoked “nationalist sentiment,” according to the South China Morning Post.

China’s consumers are increasingly favoring their domestic brands after the U.S. stepped up its action against Huawei, the paper said. The article cited a few anecdotes where people switched to Huawei smartphones from their beloved iPhones to show their support for the country and Chinese brands.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-05-23  Authors: yun li
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, support, trade, tensions, chinese, store, brands, paper, consumers, number, switched, iphone, switching, winning, apples, growing, huawei, apple, china


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

Shell switches over 700,000 customers to renewable electricity

Shell has re-branded energy and broadband provider First Utility as Shell Energy and switched the firm’s residential customers in Britain to a 100 percent renewable electricity supply. In an announcement Monday, Shell said that customers of Shell Energy would be offered renewable electricity from sources such as biomass, solar and wind, as standard. Shell announced it had agreed to buy First Utility in December 2017, and the acquisition was completed in February 2018. “Shell recognizes the world


Shell has re-branded energy and broadband provider First Utility as Shell Energy and switched the firm’s residential customers in Britain to a 100 percent renewable electricity supply. In an announcement Monday, Shell said that customers of Shell Energy would be offered renewable electricity from sources such as biomass, solar and wind, as standard. Shell announced it had agreed to buy First Utility in December 2017, and the acquisition was completed in February 2018. “Shell recognizes the world
Shell switches over 700,000 customers to renewable electricity Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-03-25  Authors: anmar frangoul, daniel bockwoldt, picture alliance, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, electricity, renewable, switched, needs, 700000, energy, energies, shell, utility, customers, world, switches


Shell switches over 700,000 customers to renewable electricity

Shell has re-branded energy and broadband provider First Utility as Shell Energy and switched the firm’s residential customers in Britain to a 100 percent renewable electricity supply.

In an announcement Monday, Shell said that customers of Shell Energy would be offered renewable electricity from sources such as biomass, solar and wind, as standard. Over 700,000 homes were switched to renewables, Shell said.

Shell announced it had agreed to buy First Utility in December 2017, and the acquisition was completed in February 2018.

“This is a good example of our approach to building a significant electricity business, in line with customer needs,” Mark Gainsborough, executive vice president, Shell New Energies, said in a statement Monday.

“Shell recognizes the world needs more energy with lower emissions and this will give customers more flexibility, greater control and cleaner energy,” he added.

Shell New Energies was set up in 2016 and focuses on new fuels for transport, including advanced biofuels, and power.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-03-25  Authors: anmar frangoul, daniel bockwoldt, picture alliance, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, electricity, renewable, switched, needs, 700000, energy, energies, shell, utility, customers, world, switches


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

Trump’s tweets ‘seemingly’ switched Saudi Arabia’s production policy, RBC’s Helima Croft says

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia appears to have altered its approach to oil production in the wake of repeated Twitter attacks from President Donald Trump, RBC’s Helima Croft told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.” Trump, perhaps wary of the average U.S. gasoline price hovering near $3 a gallon, has sought to hold OPEC accountable for a recent upswing in oil prices. Meanwhile, OPEC — alongside Russia and several other allied exporters — is preparing to gather for a key meeting in Vienna on Friday. Then all o


OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia appears to have altered its approach to oil production in the wake of repeated Twitter attacks from President Donald Trump, RBC’s Helima Croft told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.” Trump, perhaps wary of the average U.S. gasoline price hovering near $3 a gallon, has sought to hold OPEC accountable for a recent upswing in oil prices. Meanwhile, OPEC — alongside Russia and several other allied exporters — is preparing to gather for a key meeting in Vienna on Friday. Then all o
Trump’s tweets ‘seemingly’ switched Saudi Arabia’s production policy, RBC’s Helima Croft says Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-06-19  Authors: sam meredith, heinz-peter bader
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, saudi, president, trump, oil, told, helima, production, tweets, croft, prices, trumps, policy, opec, seemingly, rbcs, vienna, switched


Trump's tweets 'seemingly' switched Saudi Arabia's production policy, RBC's Helima Croft says

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia appears to have altered its approach to oil production in the wake of repeated Twitter attacks from President Donald Trump, RBC’s Helima Croft told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

The U.S. president accused OPEC of being “at it again” last week, apparently accusing the oil cartel for the second time in as many months of “artificially” inflating crude prices through its current policy of curbing production.

Trump, perhaps wary of the average U.S. gasoline price hovering near $3 a gallon, has sought to hold OPEC accountable for a recent upswing in oil prices.

Meanwhile, OPEC — alongside Russia and several other allied exporters — is preparing to gather for a key meeting in Vienna on Friday.

When asked to what extent Trump’s criticism of the producer group mattered ahead of their Vienna summit, RBC’s global head of commodity strategy, Helima Croft, told CNBC: “I think it is very important because remember in April you had a joint ministerial committee meeting in Jeddah and it looked like there was going to be no change in policy. Then all of a sudden you get a Trump tweet blaming OPEC for high oil prices… and you have Al-Falih taking a different line in terms of production.”

“So the question is how much has U.S. anger over high prices — and the Trump administration blaming OPEC — cost certain key OPEC states to switch their tune? Now, the Russian oil corporates have long wanted to raise production but Saudi has seemingly switched in the last couple of months,” she added.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-06-19  Authors: sam meredith, heinz-peter bader
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, saudi, president, trump, oil, told, helima, production, tweets, croft, prices, trumps, policy, opec, seemingly, rbcs, vienna, switched


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

Gold inches up as dollar steadies after recent gains

Gold prices inched up early Monday as the U.S. dollar steadied after a recent run of gains, weighed down by a decline in the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield. Spot gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,323.20 per ounce at 0115 GMT. U.S. gold futures for June delivery were up 0.1 percent at $1,324.40 per ounce. The dollar index, which touched a three-and-a-half month high of 91.986 on Friday, was little changed at 91.565. Hedge funds and money managers trimmed their net long position in COMEX gold con


Gold prices inched up early Monday as the U.S. dollar steadied after a recent run of gains, weighed down by a decline in the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield. Spot gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,323.20 per ounce at 0115 GMT. U.S. gold futures for June delivery were up 0.1 percent at $1,324.40 per ounce. The dollar index, which touched a three-and-a-half month high of 91.986 on Friday, was little changed at 91.565. Hedge funds and money managers trimmed their net long position in COMEX gold con
Gold inches up as dollar steadies after recent gains Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-04-29
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, switched, prices, position, rates, recent, long, futures, net, gains, dollar, gold, steadies, week, inches, high


Gold inches up as dollar steadies after recent gains

Gold prices inched up early Monday as the U.S. dollar steadied after a recent run of gains, weighed down by a decline in the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield.

Spot gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,323.20 per ounce at 0115 GMT.

U.S. gold futures for June delivery were up 0.1 percent at $1,324.40 per ounce.

The dollar index, which touched a three-and-a-half month high of 91.986 on Friday, was little changed at 91.565.

The U.S. 10-year yield fell 3 basis points on Friday to 2.957 percent, pulling back from a four-year high of 3.035 percent hit on Wednesday.

The U.S. economy slowed in the first quarter as consumer spending grew at its weakest pace in nearly five years, but a surge in wages amid tightening labor market conditions and lower tax rates suggested the setback is likely temporary.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country shuts its nuclear test site in May, Seoul officials said, as U.S. President Trump pressed for total denuclearization ahead of his own unprecedented meeting with Kim.

The leaders of Germany, France and Britain urged the U.S. government on Sunday to steer clear of imposing unilateral trade measures against the European Union.

More than 100 countries are on holiday on May 1 for May Day.

Hedge funds and money managers trimmed their net long position in COMEX gold contracts and switched to a net long position in silver contracts in the week to April 24, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data showed on Friday.

Physical gold demand lacked vigor in most Asian hubs last week amid a slight dip in prices, while the yellow metal switched to a premium in India for the first time in over 1-1/2 months due to a correction in local rates.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-04-29
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, switched, prices, position, rates, recent, long, futures, net, gains, dollar, gold, steadies, week, inches, high


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

4 things to do before opening a new credit card

About 49 million Americans have never changed their main credit card, according to a recent survey from CreditCards.com. Nearly 20 million people haven’t switched cards in 10 years. While sticking with your favorite card can reflect positively on your credit score, switching cards or opening a new one, in some cases, can have certain perks, too. For example, you could rack up travel rewards miles or pay a lower interest rate. If you’re in the market for a new card, here are a few helpful tips:


About 49 million Americans have never changed their main credit card, according to a recent survey from CreditCards.com. Nearly 20 million people haven’t switched cards in 10 years. While sticking with your favorite card can reflect positively on your credit score, switching cards or opening a new one, in some cases, can have certain perks, too. For example, you could rack up travel rewards miles or pay a lower interest rate. If you’re in the market for a new card, here are a few helpful tips:
4 things to do before opening a new credit card Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-04-05  Authors: shawn m carter
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, cards, youre, switching, tips, switched, card, yearswhile, things, travel, credit, million, opening


4 things to do before opening a new credit card

About 49 million Americans have never changed their main credit card, according to a recent survey from CreditCards.com. Nearly 20 million people haven’t switched cards in 10 years.

While sticking with your favorite card can reflect positively on your credit score, switching cards or opening a new one, in some cases, can have certain perks, too. For example, you could rack up travel rewards miles or pay a lower interest rate.

If you’re in the market for a new card, here are a few helpful tips:


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-04-05  Authors: shawn m carter
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, cards, youre, switching, tips, switched, card, yearswhile, things, travel, credit, million, opening


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

Apple is planning to launch a larger 6.3-inch iPhone with same screen as iPhone X: Report

A new report from Nikkei suggests Apple will manufacture three new iPhones next year, including a new larger 6.3-inch iPhone with an OLED screen. Apple’s $999 iPhone X switched from a traditional LCD panel to a more premium OLED screen, which is more colorful, brighter and energy efficient. Nikkei said Apple will launch 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch iPhone variants with OLED technology, in addition to a 6.1-inch model with a traditional LCD display. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen, so the 6.3-inch mo


A new report from Nikkei suggests Apple will manufacture three new iPhones next year, including a new larger 6.3-inch iPhone with an OLED screen. Apple’s $999 iPhone X switched from a traditional LCD panel to a more premium OLED screen, which is more colorful, brighter and energy efficient. Nikkei said Apple will launch 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch iPhone variants with OLED technology, in addition to a 6.1-inch model with a traditional LCD display. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen, so the 6.3-inch mo
Apple is planning to launch a larger 6.3-inch iPhone with same screen as iPhone X: Report Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2017-12-07  Authors: todd haselton, brendan mcdermid
Keywords: news, games, cnbc, companies, traditional, iphone, launch, switched, suggests, larger, model, planning, 63inch, apple, screen, oled, lcd, report


Apple is planning to launch a larger 6.3-inch iPhone with same screen as iPhone X: Report

A new report from Nikkei suggests Apple will manufacture three new iPhones next year, including a new larger 6.3-inch iPhone with an OLED screen.

Apple’s $999 iPhone X switched from a traditional LCD panel to a more premium OLED screen, which is more colorful, brighter and energy efficient. Apple continued to use LCD panels on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Nikkei said Apple will launch 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch iPhone variants with OLED technology, in addition to a 6.1-inch model with a traditional LCD display. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen, so the 6.3-inch model would be a good deal larger.

Nikkei added that the LCD model will have a metal back, which suggests it might not pack newer technologies such as wireless charging. Apple switched to glass panels on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X this year to support that feature.

Apple was not immediately available for comment.

Read the full report from Nikkei.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2017-12-07  Authors: todd haselton, brendan mcdermid
Keywords: news, games, cnbc, companies, traditional, iphone, launch, switched, suggests, larger, model, planning, 63inch, apple, screen, oled, lcd, report


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

Manafort just switched to a law firm that specializes in financial crimes

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has dropped the law firm that was representing him in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni says in a statement that Manafort is no longer represented by Washington law firm WilmerHale. Maloni says Manafort will be represented by Miller & Chevalier. Politico reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that the new firm specializes in complicated financial crimes among other


President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has dropped the law firm that was representing him in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni says in a statement that Manafort is no longer represented by Washington law firm WilmerHale. Maloni says Manafort will be represented by Miller & Chevalier. Politico reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that the new firm specializes in complicated financial crimes among other
Manafort just switched to a law firm that specializes in financial crimes Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2017-08-10
Keywords: news, games, cnbc, companies, manafort, financial, tax, brown, washington, firm, specializes, crimes, switched, law, represented, maloni, warrant, wilmerhale


Manafort just switched to a law firm that specializes in financial crimes

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has dropped the law firm that was representing him in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni says in a statement that Manafort is no longer represented by Washington law firm WilmerHale. Maloni says Manafort will be represented by Miller & Chevalier. The firm has specific expertise in international tax cases.

Politico reported, citing sources familiar with the matter, that the new firm specializes in complicated financial crimes among other issues.

One of Manafort’s homes was recently raided by FBI agents carrying a warrant that sought tax documents and records related to foreign bank accounts.

Manafort had been represented by Reginald Brown of WilmerHale. Brown declined to comment in a text message to The Associated Press.

—CNBC contributed to this report.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2017-08-10
Keywords: news, games, cnbc, companies, manafort, financial, tax, brown, washington, firm, specializes, crimes, switched, law, represented, maloni, warrant, wilmerhale


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post

British Airways IT outage caused by contractor who switched off power: Times

A contractor doing maintenance work at a British Airways data center inadvertently switched off the power supply, knocking out the airline’s computer systems and leaving 75,000 people stranded last weekend, the Times newspaper reported on Friday. Quoting a BA source, the newspaper said the power supply unit that sparked the I.T. failure was working perfectly but was accidentally shut down by a worker. An investigation into the power outage is likely to focus on human error rather than any equipm


A contractor doing maintenance work at a British Airways data center inadvertently switched off the power supply, knocking out the airline’s computer systems and leaving 75,000 people stranded last weekend, the Times newspaper reported on Friday. Quoting a BA source, the newspaper said the power supply unit that sparked the I.T. failure was working perfectly but was accidentally shut down by a worker. An investigation into the power outage is likely to focus on human error rather than any equipm
British Airways IT outage caused by contractor who switched off power: Times Cached Page below :
Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2017-06-02  Authors: jack taylor
Keywords: news, games, cnbc, companies, contractor, power, british, work, weekend, newspaper, caused, website, airways, failure, computer, switched, times, outage, worker, supply, working


British Airways IT outage caused by contractor who switched off power: Times

A contractor doing maintenance work at a British Airways data center inadvertently switched off the power supply, knocking out the airline’s computer systems and leaving 75,000 people stranded last weekend, the Times newspaper reported on Friday.

Quoting a BA source, the newspaper said the power supply unit that sparked the I.T. failure was working perfectly but was accidentally shut down by a worker. An investigation into the power outage is likely to focus on human error rather than any equipment failure, it said.

BA had to cancel all flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports last Saturday. It blamed a power surge that knocked out its computer system, disrupting flight operations, call centers and its website.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2017-06-02  Authors: jack taylor
Keywords: news, games, cnbc, companies, contractor, power, british, work, weekend, newspaper, caused, website, airways, failure, computer, switched, times, outage, worker, supply, working


Home Forums

    • Forum
    • Topics
    • Posts
    • Last Post