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LJ Nicole Maske

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As an editor and writer at Career Karma, LJ Nicole uses her research skills to cover topics like financial advice, online bootcamps, and job training programs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at De La Salle University, Nicole was a market researcher for Euromonitor and the editor-in-chief for a scholarly publication in philosophy. She then worked as an editor for newspapers. Currently, Nicole is co-editing a biography while writing and editing for Career Karma. She joined the team in August 2020.

From Unemployment to Career Success With an Income Share Agreement
Kelly Moreira’s journey to a career started like a lot of others. She went to a university, took out a student loan, and earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources. In the process, Kelly gave up a living-wage job to focus on her studies and graduate in four years. Yet after receiving her degree, Kelly…
Level Effect: Training the Next Generation of Cyber Security Experts
According to intelligence firm Risk Based Security, data breaches in 2020 led to the exposure of 36 billion records, and that’s for the first semester alone. Indeed, cyberspace has seen an alarming rise in cybercrimes, most of which resulted in one goal: to expose, steal, and sell personal and private information. Iconic pop artist Andry…
A Deep Dive Into GetSmarter: Learning and Development Made Relevant
Careers used to be simple. Earn your bachelor’s degree, land a well-paying job, and work away until retirement. Over time, that simple model has gotten more complicated. Starting and maintaining a career is no longer a one-and-done deal but a game of upskilling and reskilling to remain relevant in the workplace. Enter GetSmarter, a 2U,…
Take a Seat In the Galvanize Software Engineering and Data Science Classrooms
Eleven years ago, Israeli conductor Itay Talgam delivered a speech about how different conducting styles represent the kind of leadership that a conductor commands. Among the examples he gave was a conductor who waves his arms with ease and only signals the direction of the music. “When he raises his arms, he’s saying that ‘this…
Inside the Kenzie Academy Classroom: Instructors’ Spotlight
“I came to work this morning and I had this posted on my desk,” said Randy Cox as he showed us an orange sticky note with a message that read, ‘Come see me - Fury.’  “And you know, I’ve only been working here at SHIELD for a couple of weeks,” he continued, “but Fury said…
The Algorithm Works, If You Fit the Culture: How App Academy Closes Tech’s Diversity Gap
In 2015, Google drew the ire of the public after its image-recognition app auto-tagged photos of Black people as “gorillas.” The following year, a tool used by US courts to measure a defendant’s re-offending rate was found to flag Black defendants as high risk far more than likely as white defendants. Amazon, in 2018, was…
An Income Share Agreement Helps A Flight Attendant Enter the Digital Cloud
After nearly five years of flying above the clouds, Evan Kolb found himself entering a different kind of cloud—the digital one.  Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures, Evan landed a job as a flight attendant aboard US-China passenger flights. “Because of my major, I learned how to speak Mandarin, so…
Is Flatiron School Worth It? A 2020 Job Outcomes Report Deep Dive
“I graduated in May of 2019 from a coding bootcamp [called] Flatiron School. I got my job a week before graduation and I started working in June [as a junior software engineer for biotech company Baylor Genetics]... So, here we are, full picture, a year and a couple of months later… I bought my dream…
Boost Your Earning Potential in 100 Days with Udacity’s Business Nanodegrees
In 2011, a New York Times article dubbed business degrees as the "default major," backed by its soaring popularity in the United States. A case in point: one in every five undergraduate students major in business. Its popularity was attributed to a purely instrumental line of thinking that has seeped into business education.  Put simply,…
Elevate Your Software Engineering Career with Hack Reactor’s Professional Development Courses
Picture this: You’re a hiring manager with two software engineers standing in front of you. The one on the left is a recent graduate. She has the know-how on the latest technologies and tools in the industry. However, she doesn’t have the depth of expertise that comes with being in the field for a long…
How an ISA Helped a Rock Musician Become a Software Engineer Amid Covid-19
For Daniel Michael, the realization that his life was about to seriously change hit almost as soon as Covid-19 entered the United States.  “I’m a musician. Or at least I was before Covid,” he told us.  The pandemic was spreading like wildfire, and restaurants, bars, clubs, and concert halls—which were all once filled with music—had…
Deep Dive: Launch Your Tech Career With $100 Through Kenzie Academy
What would you do if you only had $100 to reinvent your life? For students of Kenzie Academy, the answer is simple. Pay a $100 commitment fee, attend Kenzie Academy, and launch a tech career in less than a year. “Having a graduate degree, I was not looking to add more student debt,” said Ryan…
Deep Dive: Why Choose Udacity?
Earlier this year, Keith Sun, career services professional from the University of Cincinnati, saw the onset of the coronavirus pandemic as a sign to future-proof his career. His decision came amid “a summer where a furlough or employment termination was a real possibility.” So, he signed up for online courses in digital marketing and business…
Flatiron School’s Comprehensive Guide for Career Changers
When planning a career change, it’s only logical to opt for industries that show resilience and agility. Which industries hold the most promise? Which has remained afloat and thrived in the face of crisis? When it’s time to take a step outside of your current field, proceeding with caution is often a good way to…
Student Story: How One Student Relaunched Her Career During COVID-19
In May, Kay Chan graduated from General Assembly’s Software Engineering Immersive. Shortly after, she became a Junior Software Engineer for the renowned business publication Forbes. Her speed to employment is especially impressive considering the pandemic-induced economic downturn that has mired the country. Although the crisis is far from over, Kay’s not particularly worried about paying…
How Prehired Helps You Beat the Odds in a Down Economy
On a typical day, Edward Menendez leads a sales team at Zenefits to drive the company revenue. No one would have guessed that only two years ago, he was working at a dead-end job as a call center agent. There, he went with the flow, stuck at a job that didn’t give him room for…
Passion or Paycheck: Rewrite Your Career with Climb Credit
As the saying goes: nothing ventured, nothing gained. Christy was in a cult that discouraged higher education. She erred on the side of faith and pursued it anyway. Elliott had an office job and an MBA. He quit and went on to become a crane operator anyway. Jo was 55 and approaching retirement as a…
Deep Dive: Why You Should Consider Springboard as Your Online Bootcamp
“In 15 years, if not much sooner, half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist.”  In 2012, Nathaniel Harden charted a roadmap for education in an article titled “The End of University as We Know It.”  Reminiscent of the idea of ‘creative destruction,’ Harden…
Galvanize: Debugging the Diversity Gap in Tech
“I haven’t even started my first full-time job yet and I’m already so tired of feeling erased and mistreated by the tech industry... What more must students of color do to make it clear that we are qualified to be in this industry?” Four years ago, an essay titled “Invisible Talent” circulated online. It was…
Warm Up Your Tech Muscles with Flatiron School
Coding bootcamps first came on the scene in the early 2010s. Their goal was simple: to increase access to fast-tracked intensive learning for less than the costs of a bachelor’s degree. Initially, bootcamps struggled to gain broad acceptance among employers.  Their reluctance was embedded in the perceived lack of knowledge of bootcamp grads on the…
Setting the Record Straight on Income Share Agreements
One day in 2018, Annie Bellefleur sighed in disappointment after being turned down for a student loan. Annie, at the time, was working as a front office assistant for a healthcare company in Atlanta. It was her fourth company in an industry that she had worked in for over 10 years. After a decade of…
Investment or Expense: Calculate Your Education ROI with Climb Credit
There’s a promise deeply embedded within the higher education system. It’s a promise that has withstood the test of time. It persisted during the Great Recession of ‘08 and even as the country saw the alarming rise of the student debt crisis. That is, education is the great equalizer.  Year after year, high school students…
Best Graphic Design Courses of 2021: Learn Graphic Design Online
Graphic design is a fast growing industry and is currently one of the most in-demand career fields. Many people believe they need to be expert artists with years of practice to learn graphic design, but that isn't the case. Through graphic design courses, it's possible to learn this valuable skill and start working in the…
Project Management Courses to Be an Effective Leader
For any business endeavor to take off, proper project planning and execution are vital. However, competence in both is difficult to come by. As a result, many promising projects rarely deliver the expected returns. Enter project management courses.  There are two benefits to taking project management courses. Firstly, doing so improves your project management skills.…
Code Now, Pay Later: How an ISA Helped Launch Hamilton Young’s Tech Career
As 2018 came to a close, Hamilton Young decided that he wanted to learn how to code. Prior to this, he was working as a personal fitness trainer—something that he’d been doing for nearly two years. Hamilton enjoyed the job, but he still felt that something was missing in his career. As he put it:…
Upskill the Tech Community Through Galvanize
In 2018, a LinkedIn survey identified professional development as the main driver of workplace satisfaction. In other words, if employees feel stagnant in their careers, they’re more likely to find a job elsewhere. This was in step with being satisfied with the job itself and ahead of other reasons which you might think would have…
Bachelor of Architecture: Design Your Own Future
Seeing an idea come to life is an exhilarating experience enjoyed by few. Among them are the architects. Architects are frequently seen as artists with the ground as their canvas. This is why those who aspire to pursue a bachelor of architecture often worry about their drawing skills.  In truth, there’s more to architecture than…
I Signed up for Prehired: Is It Worth It?
Although financial security is not the end-all-be-all when choosing a career, it inevitably becomes a concern down the road. For Hannah Burgess, this became evident when she became a mother. At age 21, Hannah was already working long hours as a nanny, with a second child on the way. While on the job, she saw…
Decoding the Financial Landscape with Climb Credit
As any student knows, simply relying on hard work, passion and penny-pinching thrift is no longer a tenable formula in attaining a post-secondary education. For those who come from low- to middle-class families, such an aspiration means greater financial sacrifices. In the academic year 2019-20, the cost of attending four-year institutions in the United States…
Building a Data Science Career at Galvanize
In 2012, the Harvard Business Review dubbed the role of a data scientist as the “sexiest job of the 21st Century”. In the years that followed, the clamor for data scientists has grown at a tremendous scale. So loud is the demand, in fact, that working as a data scientist remains to be one of…

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