Don’t even think about starting Memorial Day weekend without reading these top five stories from for the week of May 19.

1. Five Ways GE’s Design Principles Can Create Better Learning: General Electric Software’s chief experience officer outlines five ways to design better learning experiences. Editor Kate Everson has the story.

2. How to Keep Mid-Managers on Track: Midlevel managers who fail to live up to expectations may need to let go of some of the traits that made them rock stars in their previous positions. Cori Hill and Joy Hazucha have more.

3. Four Levels of Measurement Creator Don Kirkpatrick Dies: Industry pioneer’s work reshaped how learning and development is evaluated. Editor Mike Prokopeak has the story.

4. Accenture: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Accenture’s focus on emerging learning strategies enables the professional services firm to equip employees with the latest skills regardless of market or business segment. Editor Frank Kalman has more on this year’s top LearningElite organization.

5. Millennials Aren’t Tapping Untouched Markets: Today’s youngest workers haven’t been keen to enter manufacturing and other trades, largely because of the stigma jobs in these industries have carried in recent generations. Editor Ladan Nikravan has more in this week’s Ask A Gen Y blog.

On Another Note …

Is there a bigger emerging trade than computer programming?

As the tech space proliferates and corporations aim to hire more people with computer science and programming backgrounds, coding has become one of the most popular professions to aspire to. This is especially the case for many unemployed or underemployed 20-somethings, many of whom have decided to fork up cash for a quick coding boot camp in the hope of launching a fulfilling career.

But, according to an article in this week’s Wall Street Journal, many of the coding boot camps may be misleading these prospective students with promises that a quick 12-week course is all that’s needed to land a lucrative programming job. This isn’t the case.

As The Journal points out, many longtime coding professionals say the market for programmers has gotten so competitive that often the fundamentals taught in a 12-week coding course are insufficient — even for new hires. As a result, boot camps have been forced to tone down their job prospect pitches.

Read more here.

Also, five books can that help you make a career change, via Business Insider. Read here.


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