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Availability of career opportunities in the technology domain, especially for roles in programming, coding, web development, and mobile app development, witnessed a drastic boost in the past few years. Our reliance on electronic devices, businesses’ inevitable requirement to have a well-developed website and mobile app, growth of e-commerce and globalization, and changing user preferences, are a few reasons why vacancies in the technology field are increasing.
While there are different technology roles you could work in, coding is an underlying skill for a majority of IT jobs. Coding is the process of writing codes. Codes convert human language inputs into binary or hexadecimal machine language, and vice versa. This helps the coder/programmer inputting minor to major commands like searching, opening or closing tabs, selecting or deleting, ordering food, booking flights, paying bills, and many more, so that the system can process and produce the relevant output.
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Opting for coding as a career
As stated above, coding is a prominent part of the IT sector and is a lucrative, in-demand, and extensively growing career opportunity. Coders are the most essential asset of new-age digitally equipped organizations as they help companies attract smart modern users, gain credibility, have cost-effective solutions, rank higher on search results, beat the competition, build better market presence, expand, and cater to a wider set of people.
Knowledge of coding helps you grab the software, web, and app development jobs of your pick. It highlights your technical soundness, makes your job application stand out, and makes you competent in securing freelancing jobs. With profound coding skills, you can work with internationally renowned organizations or can start your own business. You can build essential problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking, logic and collaboration, and interpersonal skills required for a successful career in almost every field.
As a coding expert, you can work in different industries and organizations from an intern or associate level to senior-level roles. You can work remotely, in-office, part-time or full-time, and on a contractual basis. A few roles that you can apply to include software engineer, data scientist, front-end, back-end, or full-stack developer, project manager, UI/UX designer, DevOps professional, mobile app developer, and database developer.
How are coding interviews different?
To work in your dream organization and get the coding role of your choice, a prerequisite is to have a combination of essential soft and hard skills including practical knowledge of coding. These skills can help you crack your first interview.
While non-technical interviews generally focus on understanding your past work experience, communication, and interpersonal skills, confidence, and ability to tackle different situations among other soft skills, technical interviews will have all this, plus an assessment of your expertise in coding and problem-solving skills. The recruiters will ask you about algorithmic concepts, you will have to produce (working) code within the given time, and explain your thought process behind it during the interview. The interview revolves around major computers science concepts such as the basics of coding language, algorithms, data structures, and design patterns. Furthermore, the complexity of questions differs based on the job profile and its level of seniority.
Preparing for coding interviews under the guidance of a professional
Preparing for your first coding interview could be a complicated affair as the availability of resources, tips, instructions, and real-life interview experience narratives are scarce. Within 45-60 minutes of a technical interview, you have to prove that you are the right fit for the role, fulfill the company’s expectations, and showcase both practical and soft skills.
As a coder or programmer, if you find it difficult to start your interview preparation, you can choose to learn from an expert through online training. There are dedicated training programs that help you ace your coding interviews, land multiple interviews, write a resume, solve complicated problems, and write optimized code. Through the training, you learn about Big-O Notation, arrays, strings, linked lists, stacks, and queues, hashtables, hash graphs, dynamic programming, and other necessary concepts to crack your interview.
The training generally features videos, text chapters, quizzes, code challenges, assignments, and learnings from the instructor’s personal interview experiences at top IT companies. You solve around 100 coding questions and attempt end-of-the-module tests and assignments, that help you practice all the concepts and make it easier for you to attend any of these questions if asked, during an interview.
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A Travel Sustainable badge, provides highly coveted information to travellers all over the world looking to make more sustainable travel choices. Booking.com has launched the Travel Sustainable Badge, a first of its kind in the industryNinety-eight per cent of Indian travellers say they want to stay in a sustainable accommodation in the coming year, and with more than 28 million listings on Booking.com, the company sees a huge opportunity to highlight more of the impactful efforts its partners are making to create more sustainable experiences, making it easier for travellers to find a sustainable way to stay.
Booking.com has launched the Travel Sustainable Badge, a first of its kind in the industry | Photo by yousef alfuhigi on Unsplash
With 88 percent of Indian travellers indicating that they would be more likely to choose a specific accommodation that implements sustainable practices, it rewards and encourages providers to take the next steps on their individual sustainability journeys. "Building a truly sustainable travel industry will take time, coordination, and concerted effort," said Marianne Gybels, Director of Sustainability at Booking.com. "However, progress is possible through continued innovation, partner support, and industry collaboration."
"We are recognising the sustainability efforts of a broader range of properties globally in a credible and transparent manner for consumers." Displaying the practices they have in place allows everyone to make a more informed and hopefully more sustainable decision for their next trip, no matter where they want to go. As a result, we've inspired even more of our partners to take the next step toward more sustainable operations."
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: travel, sustainable travel, india, travellers, innovation.
South Korean game developer has introduced a new initiative for Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) which will enable a new level of parental control via time limitations and OTP confirmation. The 'Game Responsibly' initiative will also show warning messages along with break reminders, game limits and more. "Every player, below the age of 18, needs to register a parent or a guardian before they start playing for the first time. An OTP will be sent to the registered person's number, post which the minor is allowed to play the game," the company said in a statement.
Some games can get intense and make players lose track of time. However, with timely break-time reminders, the developer has made sure players get the required downtime. These reminders will help them look up from their game and get back to real life, maintaining a healthy game-life balance. In addition, with a strict gameplay limit in place players below 18 years must not indulge in gaming for more than 3 hours per day. This automatically helps them treat gaming as an activity performed in moderation.
The brand has also set an in-game daily spend limit of Rs 7,000 that automatically stops them from overspending and overgaming. Krafton recently announced that it has removed 25 lakh accounts in just over a month to eradicate cheating on Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI). Since the last announcement, between October 1 and November 10, Krafton banned 25,19,692 accounts permanently and 7,06,319 temporarily. "The company has cleaned out most of the cheaters in the game, making BGMI a much more fun experience, and will continue to take whatever step is necessary to keep BGMI fair and fun," it claimed. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: BGMI, parental control, Battlegrounds Mobile India, Krafton, South Korea
By Vinoda Kumary
The rise in air pollution, coupled with lousy lifestyle habits, is causing a spike in respiratory diseases. According to a Lancet report, the contribution of chronic respiratory diseases in India increased from 4.5 per cent in 1990 to 6.4 per cent in 2016. With respiratory issues on the rise, there is an increased demand for natural solutions to treat such issues. Instead of conventional medicine, people are turning to alternative medical therapies to find cures for ailments.
Common Lung Disorders
Bronchitis is a health condition that causes inflammation in the airways of the lungs. This leads to narrowing of the air pathways and excess mucus causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. It is a chronic condition that interferes seriously with daily life.
Bronchitis is a health condition that causes inflammation in the airways of the lungs. | Wikimedia Commons
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
It is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that obstructs the airflow to the lungs. Symptoms of COPD include breathing difficulty, mucus (sputum) production, coughing, and wheezing. It can result from long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke. Those affected by COPD are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, and a variety of other conditions.
Symptoms of COPD include breathing difficulty, mucus (sputum) production, coughing, and wheezing. | Pixabay
This is another variation of COPD. Bronchitis causes a similar build-up of mucus that can cause inflammation and coughing. The lungs' airways are constantly inflamed as chronic bronchitis often lasts for months on end. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include incessant coughing, whistling sounds while breathing, wheezing and a tightening of the chest. It is said that the cure for all ailments is available the natural way. Here are some of the alternative medicine approaches to treat respiratory disorders.
This is another variation of COPD. Bronchitis causes a similar build-up of mucus that can cause inflammation and coughing. | Needpix
Alternative Medicinal Approaches to Treat Respiratory Disorders
Asthma is one of the most common lung diseases. One of the primary causes of asthma is allergies, which often result from the food consumed. It is crucial, therefore, to first prepare a diet that is suitable for an individual. Often, dairy products, meats, and certain nuts can increase the production of mucus. Foods like these must be avoided. Also, antioxidants can prevent damage resulting from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Diet is important in this regard, as fruits and vegetables high in Vitamins A, C, and E can improve the condition of COPD patients.
Diet is important in this regard, as fruits and vegetables high in Vitamins A, C, and E can improve the condition of COPD patients. | Photo by Bruna Branco on Unsplash
Yoga and Exercise
Treatment of lung disorders often involves the use of the lungs to promote healthy breathing habits. Exercises like cycling, swimming, yoga etc. that create a need for full capacity breathing are of great importance. Exercising the diaphragm is important and simple activities can go a long way in the treatment of the same. Pranayama, the practice of controlled breathing, is an integral part of alternative treatment for people suffering from respiratory issues. This extensive breathing practice helps to expand the lungs and improve the capacity of the lungs, which helps an individual breathe more freely.
Treatment of lung disorders often involves the use of the lungs to promote healthy breathing habits. | Photo by kike vega on Unsplash
Nasal irrigation systems like JalNeti using a Neti pot can help to rinse the sinuses, which may provide some relief from symptoms of respiratory allergies.
Nasal irrigation systems like JalNeti using a Neti pot can help to rinse the sinuses, which may provide some relief from symptoms of respiratory allergies. | Photo by CDC on Unsplash
The traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into the skin to stimulate certain parts of the body. According to a study published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, people with allergic rhinitis who were given acupuncture treatments twice a week for eight weeks had fewer symptoms than those administered placebo.
People with allergic rhinitis who were given acupuncture treatments twice a week for eight weeks had fewer symptoms than those administered placebo. | Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash
It is important to remember that no one complementary or alternative therapy works well for everyone with respiratory issues. Therefore, a proper assessment is done before deciding on the approach to the treatment plan. For those considering alternative medicine for their respiratory problems, it is recommended to speak to an expert first and discuss the approach that may work best.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Yoga, exercise, Nasal Irrigation, Diet, Chronic Bronchitis, Respiratory Issues