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18
Mar

Develop In-Demand Skills for Today and the Future Workplace

It doesn’t matter whether you call them future skills, power skills, or foundational skills. Each of these labels has been applied to the most in-demand skills in today’s labor market. These in-demand skills include a range of talents and abilities, but it’s not enough for a person to be good at just communication, computers or creativity. Today, there is a need for employees to have skills from each the skill-sets those traits represent. The Burning Glass report The New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy categorizes important skills ...

11
Mar

Women in STEM Create Value for Business

The relatively low number of women in STEM careers is an issue that would seem to primarily affect women. In reality, not only does it impact women, it is an issue that impacts business and the whole economy. The Problem: Women are underrepresented in science and engineering jobs. Women make up 47 percent of the overall workforce but hold only 28 percent of the STEM jobs and 12 percent of engineering jobs. Many business leaders understand the effects this gender imbalance can create. The World Economic ...

04
Mar

Skills Gap, Automation and Globalization Require Worker Development

Discussions of the relationship between the skills gap, education, automation and globalization took place at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington last month. US governors looked to the future. Most governors believe the economy is doing well and the recession is behind them. But that doesn’t mean they are complacent. Many governors at the conference expressed concerns about future skills gaps and the effects on the economy. Governor Bullock of Montana said, “A witches’ brew of technology and automation, globalization and middle class stagnation ...

25
Feb

Easing Student Debt Burdens Benefits Employers and Employees

Student debt is something that touches almost everyone in some way. Even if you aren’t burdened by student debt, you participate in an economy that is affected by rising debt levels. Even you don’t owe student loan money, your tax dollars contribute to the federal student aid programs. Even if you aren’t struggling to finish your education due to student debt, you are part of an economy that requires educated and skilled workers to be able to compete globally. Student debt has risen much higher than student enrollment during recent ...

18
Feb

Find your Motivation for Success

It is important for adult learners to develop their own motivation for success. Motivation is the key to adult learner success. Today adults pursue higher education for a variety of reasons. Maybe technology has changed their job and they need new to skills to keep up. Perhaps they want to advance to a new level in their career. Or possibly they want to complete a degree they started many years ago. ReUp Education, an organization that focuses on helping higher education institutions serve students who have stopped out, says that 39 ...

11
Feb

Physical Exercise and Academic Success are Linked

Physical exercise and academic success are common topics for New Year's resolutions. However, this is the time of year when many New Year’s resolutions, especially those pertaining to physical fitness, are abandoned. With work, family and school responsibilities it already seems like there is too much to schedule into the short winter days. It’s important to get the most out of every minute. But that is exactly why it’s important to lace up the sneakers and head out for a walk or off to the gym. There is evidence of a strong ...

04
Feb

A Career Map Gives Clear Directions

Today, more than ever, it is important for people to have a clear career map as they embark on their education and careers. People have hundreds of occupations to choose from, to say nothing of the predictions that in a couple of decades people will work in jobs that haven’t even been created yet. Starting out without a career map is like heading into unknown territory without a GPS or road map. Career pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers from Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce points out that technology ...

28
Jan

TAP Meets Higher Education Costs

Paying higher education costs is no easy feat. High tuition, the cost of books and materials, fees and other charges often make it difficult for students to complete their education. This is especially true for nontraditional students who might find themselves locked out of scholarship and loan programs geared more toward traditional age students. One source of help for nontraditional students to address higher education costs is an employer tuition assistance program. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) outlines principles of good financial aid programs; it is easy to see how ...

21
Jan

Workers Need Both Hard and Soft Skills to Work with AI and Robots

What will it take to be ready to work with AI and robots in the future? The answers to this question are really important for today’s kindergartners. They will graduate from high school in 2030, the year when futurists estimate that up to 85 percent of the world’s work will be in jobs that haven’t been invented yet. We don’t even have to look that far ahead. Workers already face demands for new skills as they move towards 2030. Analysts and futurists have ideas about skills and education that today’s ...

14
Jan

Loan Repayment Builds Company and Employment Brand

Building a strong company brand requires a good product or service. It also requires qualified employees that can deliver. To attract qualified employees a business needs an employment brand that is as strong as its company brand; it develops this strong employment brand by meeting its employees’ needs. A strong company brand equals a strong share of the marketplace. However, companies often come up short when it comes to delivering on their brand promise, and this has a direct impact on client and customer engagement. Loyal customers are an asset ...