Construx Software is generously offering free training in software best practices to laid-off developers. There are a few requirements for qualification: You must have been laid off after July 1, 2008, and you must have been working as a software development professional before you were let go. The company has set aside 25% of its seminar seats for this program on topics which include Software Project Management, Software Design, and Software Testing. For more details, check out the Software Professional Educational Assistance and Re-entry (SPEAR) program's page.
(If you're not familiar with Construx, check out the great white paper they wrote about classic software development mistakes that we recently featured.)
It's great to see a company trying to help others out in this tough economy. I truly hope that none of the readers of this space get laid-off, but if you do, here are some TechRepublic resources that might help you get through this difficult situation.
- 10 things you should do if you get laid off
- Negotiating tips for the newly laid off
- Laid off: Fight the urge to vent
- From the trenches: 10 best tips for surviving a layoff
I'm curious to know if any of the readers of this space have been laid off within the past 12 months. Take this poll to let us know.
J.JaDisclosure of Justin's industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine. He also has a contract with Spiceworks to write product buying guides.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.