Job markets are changing, as is the landscape of formal education. Today, some employers are looking for different skills and experience levels than they were ten years ago. As we consider various approaches for closing the skills gap and preparing today’s job seekers for the workforce, many are asking the question:”What matters more: a degree or experience?” This brief article by Deanna Hartley offers some perspective on the changing needs of employers and the options available to potential employees for developing their skills according to those demands.
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The other morning I pulled out a pen and paper and began a To-Do List for the day. I had barely written the “To” when a friend balked and asked why on earth I would rely on this arcane, analog protocol for staying on task when modern technology offers endless digital options for list-keeping and other forms of keeping track. I didn’t have a god answer except that it’s just a personal preference – I like the feeling of pen on paper and somehow this simple practice seems to be the most effective method for prioritizing tasks. Then I read this article by Belle Beth Cooper and discovered that I’m not alone! I also discovered a few things I didn’t know about the history of the list and it’s place in culture, psychology and, of course, productivity.
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In 2012 author Susan Cain published a book of non-fiction titled “Quiet: The Power of Introverts”, offering a historical account of how Western culture changed from a culture of character to a culture of personality in which an “extrovert ideal” dominates and introversion is viewed as inferior. There is a great deal of debate on this matter, but one conclusion of the book that perhaps we can all agree on: many of our workplaces are designed for the natural extrovert. So how can an someone with an introverted personality get recognized at work, especially when competing with all of those extroverts? This article by Stephanie Peterson explains how the introvert can get noticed.
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Two things are incontrovertibly true about “millenials” (or, in other words, people born between 1981 and 2000): they will soon become the largest workforce in this country’s history and everyone has an opinion about them. Some say this younger generation of workers are lazy, uncooperative and lacking in work ethic. Others say the millenials are tech-savvy, passionate and highly communicative. In tis article, Bentley University president Gloria Larson and Payscale CEO Mike Metzger aim to clear up the confusion by examining statistics gleaned from interviews with CEOs, senior executives, and public sector officials at Bloomberg’s recent The Year Ahead: 2014 conference.
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Red says power. Blue says teamwork. Gray says free thinker. What do the colors in your closet say about you? And, which hue do you choose for your next face-to-face job interview? When it comes to landing your next professional role, first impressions are key and what you wear is your first opportunity to communicate who you are. This article by Vivian Giang examines what each color says about you and how you see yourself.
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It can he hard to find a truly productive or creative space amidtst a constant pinballing between tasks, emails, schedules and other distractions. While all of this fodder can be necesarry for facilitating communication with our colleagues, it can also take us out of the mental conditions that allow us to do “deep work”; in other words, a state in which you are immersed in cognitively complex work that challenges you and ultimately produces the most favorable results. This article argues that spending five hours a day immersed deeply in your work can produce unexpected success.
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When you think of professional mentorship, perhaps it conjures an image of an older, more experienced, more diginified professional superior who guides the younger novice through the development of new skills and relationships. But, according to this article by Nacie Carson,that model is outdated. Among an increasing number of entrepreneurial and growth-oriented companies, mentorship is taking on a more flexible interpretation as companies embrace intergenerational mentorship, support and wisdom that flows from the bottom up, as well as the top down.
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