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Altria’s Investment in Career Development Pays Off

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For Dan Cornell, vice president and CIO of Altria Group, cultivating IT careers is key to retaining IT talent.

Through a combination of talent planning, employee investment, mentorship, and clear growth opportunities, Altria is committed to helping employees understand their own potential and how they fit into the organization, Cornell says.

Employees at Altria are given the opportunity to grow their skills through training, gain experience working in other departments, and utilize the company’s structured career planning process — all of which helped the Richmond, Va.-based tobacco corporation earn first place for career development on IDG’s Best Places to Work survey for 2021.

Widening horizons

Entry-level IT staff often do not have an exact plan for their future, as it can be difficult to know what you want to your career to be right out of college, Cornell says, making it important for IT first-timers to not feel pigeonholed into a specific track within the organization. Employees are given the chance to move throughout Altria to try out various roles and work on a variety of projects.

For example, an entry-level code developer is thrown into highly technical work right away, says Cornell. But for their first five or six years with the company, they’ll be moved to different projects to gain experience and to help them figure out what they enjoy working on. This approach also helps them develop new skills and learn new technologies that will benefit them down the line.

“In many cases, we’re trying to put them into a role that ultimately is going to make them sweat — it’s going to really challenge them,” Cornell says.

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Ford, ADT App to Signal Vehicle Owners of Break-ins

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DETROIT, Michigan: Ford Motor Co. and ADT, through a new joint venture called Canopy, are introducing two new vehicle security packages, with the first being for truck and van owners who use their vehicles for business, and the second for SUV and car owners.

The antitheft technology will first enter the market early next year as an accessory sold through Ford, Amazon.com, big box stores and other retailers. It

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Biden: Federal Reserve Should ‘Recalibrate’ Policy As Prices Rise

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WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it was appropriate for the Federal Reserve to recalibrate the support it provides to the U.S. economy, in light of fast-rising prices and the strength of recovery.

‘Given the strength of our economy and recent price increases, it’s appropriate, as … Fed Chairman [Jerome] Powell has indicated, to recalibrate the support that is now necessary,’ Biden told a

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Sinema, Manchin Prove There’s Still a Long Way to Go

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The Black community owes a debt of gratitude to United States Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin. The dynamic duo have managed, by supporting the filibuster and crippling two major voting rights bills, to remind any of us who had any doubts or historic contextual misunderstandings that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day …

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