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Eight Ways to Communicate Your Strategy More Effectively
How do you effectively reach your employees and encourage behaviors that advance your strategy and improve your results?
Infographic: How Do We Get More Students Interested in Math, Science & Tech Careers?
“In the next seven years, more than a million jobs will open up that require specialized technology skills. But there won’t be enough qualified college graduates to fill them. Are we doing enough to get kids interested in math and science?”
Top Ten High-Paid Jobs of the Future
“If you decided on a new career path today, wouldn’t you like to know which jobs will be in high demand and pay the most once you were out of school? Here’s a list of the best-paying jobs of the future. These jobs will grow the most in the next decade and have median incomes well above the national average. Almost without exception, these occupations will be in highest demand because of changes in the nation’s population and in the way the country’s businesses operate.”
The Full Scope of America’s Jobs Crisis in 17 Charts
“When we think about unemployment, we think about a number. It’s 9.1 percent. That’s the official jobless rate as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But ‘9.1 percent’ doesn’t begin to tell us how deep and widespread the jobs crisis truly is, why the president wants to spend $450 billion to combat it, or why some economists think it won’t be enough. It doesn’t tell us that young black men face unemployment way above 20 percent. It doesn’t tell us about the last 40 years, when productivity raced away from wage growth and we made up the difference with debt that’s come due.”
Infographic: How to Graduate From College With No Debt
“Half of students who graduate with no debt graduated from a community college.”
When Businesses Use Social Media: How Much Is Too Much?
“The best approach depends on your business, customers, brands and overall media strategy.”
5 Quick Ways to Organize a Presentation
“Too many people structure their presentations by pulling together slides and then assembling them like a deck of cards, in what seems like an OK order. That usually means that no one except the presenter can divine where the speech is headed. That’s a bad idea. At the heart of a successful presentation is a clear structure. Which one should you use? The best structure for what you’re trying to do depends on the nature of your talk.” Here are five possible situations with their corresponding presentation structures:
5 Surefire Ways to Not Get the Job You Want
“Sometimes being overly eager in your job hunt works against you. Being too aggressive about the job you want and rushing through critical points in the process could make you the last person on the hiring manager’s list. Here are some mistakes to avoid:”
8 High-Paying Jobs That Require 2-Year Degrees
“Some two-year programs (associates degrees) can definitely lead to high paying jobs; at times even higher paying than some four-year programs. Some employers in particularly high-demand industries may even offer incentives to those that complete educational programs that enable them to work in the field. Do your homework before you head back to school and know what the prospects are in the industries you’re considering.”
Can America’s Jobless Fill American Jobs?
“With the U.S. unemployment rate stuck around 9 percent, economics correspondent Paul Solman explores whether widespread joblessness is simply the result of a weak economy or if a broader shift toward higher-skill work is occurring that could leave many Americans behind even when the economy recovers.” (9:43 video, PBS Newshour).
What is a College Degree Worth?
“According to a report released by the US Census Bureau, there is a correlation between higher education and work-life earnings. The Education and Synthetic Work-Life Earnings report showed that education had more effect on work-life earnings than other demographic factors. For two people who are alike in all ways but education, the estimated annual difference in life earnings between a professional degree and an eighth grade education was about $72,000.”
St. Louis Community College Hosts Panel Discussion on STEM Workforce Issues
St. Louis Community College will host a panel discussion on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce initiatives in the St. Louis region on Monday, Sept. 19, at the college’s new Center for Workforce Innovation, 3344 Pershall Road near the Florissant Valley campus.
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