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With the remarkable growth and adoption of free and open source software (FOSS) in recent years, many organizations have had to adjust their approach to open source software and establish guidelines around its use and development.  And, according to the recent 2024 Open Source Professionals Job Survey Report from Open Source JobHub (OSJH) and Linux Professional Institute (LPI), guidelines around the use of open source software are...
As organizations increasingly adopt open source software, open source skills are critical, but finding experienced professionals can be challenging , thus it’s important to understand the perspective of those working with free and open source software (FOSS).  The Importance of Upskilling According to the recent 2024 Open Source Professionals Job Survey Report from Open Source JobHub (OSJH) and Linux Professional Institute...
April is internship month, and if you’re looking for a practical way to build your open source career skills, internships provide unique opportunities to get started. In a previous article , we looked at various summer of code-style programs that provide opportunities to learn and engage with open source projects and communities, including:  GirlScript: Summer of Code Google Summer of Code Google Season of...
If you're looking for an open source internship, there’s still time to apply for Google Summer of Code 2023. The application period is open until April 4th (18:00 UTC).  Google Summer of Code (or GSoC), in case you’re not familiar with it, is “a global, online program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development.” Through participation in the GSoC, contributors work on a...
The role of engineering management requires a range of skills that go beyond coding and systems design, says Joe Fay in a recent LeadDev article, but "finding the right person for the job is anything but straightforward." “An engineering manager’s responsibilities will include people, projects, and budgets… and the role clearly assumes a broad range of technical and operational knowledge,” Fay notes. “The...
As the use of open source increases, organizations say a lack of skilled staff poses a significant problem. The 2023 State of Open Source Report shows that “four out of five companies surveyed rely on open source software (OSS) for a wide range of uses, including containers and container orchestration, DevOps, and database management,” according to a recent article on FOSSlife. Additionally, 80 percent of organizations...
For many IT professionals, career development and improving job skills were a high priority in 2022. This trend was  reflected in articles and surveys throughout the year, and there’s no sign it will change in 2023, says a recent article on FOSSlife . Growth Opportunities Employees want to “know how their careers are going to grow,” says Jess Elmquist in the article. “They want to learn and expand their...
By OSJH Team We previously announced that Linux Professional Institute (LPI) , the global non-profit organization offering certifications and career support for open source professionals, is now a sustaining partner of Open Source JobHub (OSJH). Through this partnership, LPI helps provide ongoing support for OSJH in its goal of helping developers, engineers, managers, marketers, and others within today's open source tech industry...
Mentorship can play a key role in career development, by expanding your professional network and providing new opportunities in which to grow your skills and your confidence. In this  Careers  article, we’ll explore the value of mentorships and list resources to help you get started. Diversity and Sustainability Mentoring and internship programs, besides being important to career growth, are also crucial to open source...
By VM Brasseur Welcome to open source! We have thousands upon thousands of projects available for you to use and contribute to. This might seem a bit overwhelming, but it's going to be OK. Open source needs you, and we're here to help get you started. What Is an Open Source Project? So what  is  an open source project anyway? It seems like the answer should be easy. “It's openly available code,” right?...
A comprehensive open source strategy is crucial for maximizing the benefits of open source software (OSS), says a  recent Forrester study .  Those benefits, the study says, include: Accelerating application development and deployment  Empowering innovation  Increasing flexibility Lowering operational costs However, only 37 percent of survey respondents have a company-wide policy in place to...
In today’s competitive tech industry, both employers and job seekers understand the importance of IT certification. In fact, according to a  CompTIA study , “91 percent of employers believe IT certifications play a key role in the hiring process and are a reliable predictor of a successful employee.” Additionally, certification can help tech professionals earn higher salaries or move into new career roles....