Workforce Development News – February 3, 2020

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Middle-skill Occupations

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The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate’s Degrees: What Students Need to Know Before They Go to College

“Certificate and Associate’s Degree Programs Are Linked Strongly to Careers.”
https://cew.georgetown.edu/cew-reports/subba/

Middle-skill Occupations in Missouri

“Middle-skill occupations are an essential part of Missouri’s workforce, accounting for four out of every ten jobs. Meeting the continued demand for middle-skill occupations will be an important factor in maintaining a strong economy in the state.”
https://meric.mo.gov/media/pdf/middle-skills

With Employees Still Scarce, Employers Look to Differentiate Themselves

“While some trends will continue, our working environment will be pushed in new directions by technology and companies trying to create competitive advantage.”
https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2020/01/30/commentary-with-employees-still-scarce-employers.html

Key Findings on Gains Made by Women Amid A Rising Demand for Skilled Workers

“Women are in the majority in jobs that draw most heavily on either social or fundamental skills, where employment and wages are rising higher and faster. Despite women’s advantages in skills and education, the gender wage gap persists and is ubiquitous.”
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/01/30/key-findings-on-gains-made-by-women-amid-a-rising-demand-for-skilled-workers/

Don’t Demonize Employees Who Raise Problems

“They’re identifying opportunities for growth and innovation.”
https://hbr.org/2020/01/dont-demonize-employees-who-raise-problems

What Do Employee Engagement Surveys Tell You About Employee Experience?

“Of highly engaged employees, fewer than one in four (21%) report having a high-quality experience. As such, high engagement scores can oftentimes be a false positive for a good experience.”
https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/what-do-employee-engagement-surveys-tell-you-about-employee-experience/

Business Survey Suggests U.S. Labor Market May Have Peaked

“The declines in employment were in the services, goods-producing and transportation, utilities, information, and communications industries. There were gains in employment in the finance, insurance, and real estate sectors. However, this may have been due to difficulty finding workers rather than a pullback in demand.”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-jobs/business-survey-suggests-u-s-labor-market-may-have-peaked-idUSKBN1ZQ0BM

Is That Stretch Job Right for You?

“Six things to consider when applying.”
https://hbr.org/2020/01/is-that-stretch-job-right-for-you

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser

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Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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