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Skills Gap

4 Ways to Drive Youth Economic Opportunities in Indonesia

Bill Reese | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Bill Reese

For me, getting the numbers right--particularly when they are measuring young people's wellbeing--is critically important to how we shape meaningful y...

Who Are You Calling Soft? The Value Of Soft Skills In A Tech-Obsessed Economy

Dennis Yang | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Dennis Yang

For a while, the tech skills gap has dominated the conversation around the needs of the 21st century workplace. As globalization and labor automation ...

Auto Industry Transformations, Then and Now

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 05.09.2016 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

For many in America, the sound of a revving engine is like the sound of sweet nothings in your ear. The mere glimpse of shiny chrome can't help but sp...

A Fresh Look at Digital Transformation

Tom Lounibos | Posted 04.27.2016 | Technology
Tom Lounibos

In our digital era, with all aspects of modern life being transformed, the only constant is change. From my front-row seat in the technology auditorium the future is clear. Digital is changing everything -- and we must think differently about everything as a result.

Skills Gap

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.05.2016 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I do not know Mr. Selingo but he's singing my song, one my faithful readers have heard many times before. He makes the valid point that 40 percent of American workers hold a bachelor's degree, and that college graduates are found in virtually every profession.

What's the Last Thing You Learned - and When?

Jeff Ray | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Jeff Ray

If you haven't heard this question in a job interview yet, you will soon. What you learned, how recently, and how often you seek out chances to learn ...

Can Social Entrepreneurship Tap India's Demographic Dividend?

Bipul Saha | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Bipul Saha

India is a young country. At present, 66 percent of India's population is under the national average age of 26 years. In the next decade and a half, more than 13 million Indians annually will enter the workforce for the first time.

Courageous Career Change

Shaun_Johnson | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business

The decision to change your career path is not a choice to take lightly. Venturing into the unknown is uncomfortable, and it is scary. The easy choice is inaction--accepting your career circumstances with complacency. Resolving against complacency in search of something more inspiring requires courage.

Why High College Costs Are a Sign of the Skills Gap Apocalypse

Aaron Michel | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Aaron Michel

There are only so many hours in the day, and when a full-time employee tries to enroll in classes, one of two things happen: they have to cut back on their hours at work, or they have to find a way to add a course load on top of a roughly 40-hour work week.

Measuring the 'Gap' in the Skills Gap

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Dr. Bill R. Path

The skills gap is the popular term used to describe the perceived disparity between those who are unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees. More specifically, it is the mismatch between the needs of employers for skilled talent and the unavailability of those specific skills within the workforce.

In 2016, Bridging the Skills Gap Is Everyone's Opportunity

Dennis Yang | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business
Dennis Yang

Looking ahead to 2016, one of the greatest challenges I see affecting companies and workers alike is the continued expansion of the skills gap -- the disconnect between the needs and expectations of today's employers and the current skills of our nation's workers.

How Can Cities Help Youth With the School-to-Work Transition?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The skills gap is a widespread problem, but the solutions to it will likely be local, diverse, and community-driven.

Rubio's Insight About Skills

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

As a college graduate, Rubio should have known to say "fewer" philosophers, not "less," but his point is valid.

3 Reasons to Skill Up this National Apprenticeship Week

Nicholas Wyman | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Nicholas Wyman

President Obama has used the launch of the first National Apprenticeship week to shine the spotlight on the value and opportunity that exists with the...

True Education Reform: Addressing America's Growing Skills Gap

Dennis Yang | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
Dennis Yang

What about the learning needs of working adults? Careers span decades, so it stands to reason that you can't front-load everything you'll need to know just in your youth.

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine - The Close It Summit

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"As global engagement inevitably continues to increase, schools of the future will be leaders in reaching across borders and oceans through these tech...

Closing Africa's Skills Gap and Fostering Innovation Through Technology

Amini Kajunju | Posted 09.25.2015 | Technology
Amini Kajunju

Technology is fueling innovation and growth helping to bolster the global market competitiveness, create jobs and increase productivity in African nations.

Are You Investing in the Workforce of the Future? Or the Workforce of Yesterday?

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Seventy-five percent of businesses will be digital businesses by 2020, according to analysts, but only 30 percent of these ventures will succeed. Why? The growing deficit of multi-skilled talent is a major contributing factor.

The Flaw in Malcom Gladwell's 'Ten Thousand Hour' Rule

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 08.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
R.F. Hemphill

Not everything works that you try, in business, in love, in sports. Here's an example: Malcolm Gladwell, in his excellent book called Outliers, expou...

Training a New Generation of Skilled Workers

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Our schools today are focused almost entirely on youngsters who are college bound and that is absurd. Many of them are simply not academically inclined and many who do acquire sheepskins find little opportunity in the workplace.

Apprenticeships Can Help Close the Skills Gap

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

For years I have listened to manufacturing executives lament the shortage of people with the requisite skills to work in modern manufacturing. For many it is the number one issue -- more important than taxes, regulation, health care or trade.

Finding More Than Yourself in College

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 07.24.2016 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Young people need extracurricular activities to help them develop into well-rounded adults. However, if students want to get the most out of college, they need to engage in these activities but not allow them to become a distraction from their academic endeavors.

Prepare for a Job: Not an Interview

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.22.2016 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Preparing for a job interview can be hectic under any circumstance but especially for a young college graduate trying out for his or her first real job.

Fostering a Culture of Creativity in the Workplace

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 06.18.2016 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

While there's no recipe for creating the ideal innovative environment, we can all take proactive steps to ensure that ideas are welcome, personal risk-taking is encouraged, and creativity is valued in our employees and throughout the workplace.

Six Degrees to Skilled Labor

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

The idea that we can be separated into categories by our career paths into white collar and blue collar; professional and vocational; lofty and lowly; is almost absurd. In order for our economy and our communities to function and thrive, we need everyone.