Workforce Development News – Sept. 15, 2014

By on September 15, 2014
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STLCC’s Latest STEM Workforce Research Uncovers Perceptions on Talent, Employment Growth

St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group presented the State of St. Louis STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Workforce Report highlighting assessment, analysis and review of the latest STEM workforce research and intelligence. The findings were released to nearly 400 business and community leaders at STLCC’s Forest Park campus as part of a St. Louis Business Journal seminar series. A panel of distinguished corporate executives representing key employing industries also provided a robust discussion of key findings from the regional survey of more than 500 employers in STEM-related industries. Visit STLCC.edu/STLworkforce to download the full report and the four-page summary.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2014/stlcc-latest-stem-workforce-research-uncovers-perceptions-talent-employment-growth/

HEC-TV Presents: The 2014 State of St. Louis Workforce Focusing on STEM

St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group presents the annual State of St. Louis Workforce Report at the STLCC-Forest Park campus on September 10, 2014. The St. Louis Business Journal sponsored the event, which focused on the STEM industries. Panelists included: Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Patrick Sly, Executive Vice President, Emerson; Derek Bartlem, Head of Research, USA KWS Gateway Research Center; Ann Cuiellette Marr, Vice President of Human Resources, World Wide Technologies; Alan Spell, Research Manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center; and Roderick Nunn, Interim President, STLCC–Forest Park.
http://www.hectv.org/video/15517/state-of-the-st-louis-stem-workforce-summit/

Photo Gallery From 2014 State of St. Louis STEM Workforce Event

Enjoy our assortment of photos from this year’s event.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2014/photo-gallery-2014-state-st-louis-stem-workforce-event/

What New Team Leaders Should Do First

“Your actions in the first few weeks and months can have a major impact on whether your team ultimately delivers results.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/09/what-new-team-leaders-should-do-first/

Convincing Employees to Use New Technology

“Creating a digital organization is not just about implementing new technology. If you want to see true and lasting value from your technology investments, people need to change their mindsets and behaviors, and you need to lead that change.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/09/convincing-employees-to-use-new-technology/

In-Demand and Aging: A Look at Engineers and Engineering Technicians in the Workforce

“Hot engineering technician jobs tend to follow the patterns of their related engineering fields: Mechanical engineering technicians are growing just like mechanical engineers, and the same goes for civil engineering technicians and civil engineers. But the demand for all engineering occupations isn’t the same, some regions need these types of the workers more than others.”
http://www.economicmodeling.com/2014/09/12/in-demand-and-aging-a-look-at-engineers-and-engineering-technicians-in-the-workforce/

The Industries Plagued by the Most Uncertainty

“There are two primary types of uncertainty — demand uncertainty (will customers buy your product?) and technological uncertainty (can we make a desirable solution?) — and how much uncertainty your industry faces depends on the interaction of the two. Where does your industry sit?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/09/the-industries-plagued-by-the-most-uncertainty/

Experience Is Overrated

“Arguments for hiring talented individuals without perfect credentials.”
http://www.ere.net/2014/09/08/experience-is-overrated-arguments-for-hiring-talented-individuals-without-perfect-credentials/

Why You Should Hire for Core Skills Rather Than Experience

“Recruiting for specific attributes and skills, as opposed to just experience, is beneficial for several key reasons.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckcohn/2014/09/08/why-you-should-hire-for-core-skills-rather-than-experience/

10 Pop-Tech Threats to Talent Development

“The technology that supports pop culture is a double-edged sword, in its worst aspects, cutting away and into talent development by stifling, squandering, obstructing, discouraging, frittering and scattering it.”
Part 1: https://www.recruiter.com/i/10-pop-tech-threats-to-talent-development-part-i-2/
Part 2: https://www.recruiter.com/i/10-pop-tech-threats-to-talent-development-part-ii/

4 Ways to Guarantee a Killer Reference Check

“How to ensure your references will help you land the job.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/09/11/4-ways-to-guarantee-a-killer-reference-check

Infographic: How to Create Engaging Social Media Posts

“Here are blueprints for the most engaging posts on social media.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48715.aspx

9 Powerful Habits for Getting Important Things Done

“With a bit of effort, you can build the habits and the willpower to take care of your pressing tasks much more effectively.”
http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/9-powerful-habits-for-getting-important-things-done-and-building-your-willpower-.html

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

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