Most Americans say it doesn’t matter if their co-workers are men or women. But for those with a preference, men say they would rather work with men—and so do women, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
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LinkedIn has released its list of the most-used adjectives on its profiles in 2013, with “responsible” beating out 2011 and 2012’s winning word, “creative.” It’s an analytical (10th on the list) study which, while not particularly innovative (9th)—how many end-of-year listicles does it take before the concept ceases to be effective (4th)? Be honest if you’re being driven (8th) mad by them.
Nearly one-third of Google searches for jobs come from mobile devices making the smartphone the engine of choice for job seekers and recruiters alike.
NCEE has released What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?, a study of the English Literacy and Mathematics required for success in the first year of community college.
theatlantic depresses you with:
Whether they were college grads or just out of high school, wages for entry-level American workers fell between 2000 and 2011, according to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute.
The left-leaning think tank has dubbed the aughts a “lost decade” for young workers, and it’s a fairly apt description. College-educated men and women entering the workforce saw their inflation-adjusted earnings fall 5.2 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively. Wages slumped 8 percent for high school-educated men, and 3.1 percent for women.
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Educational upstarts across the Web are adopting systems of “badges” to certify skills and abilities. If scouting focuses on outdoorsy skills like tying knots, these badges denote areas employers might look for, like mentorship or digital video editing. Many of the new digital badges are easy to attain—intentionally so—to keep students motivated, while others signal mastery of fine-grained skills that are not formally recognized in a traditional classroom.
Recent college graduates are still doing a lot better than their less-educated counterparts. Unemployment for new graduates is around 8.9 percent; the rate for workers with only a high school degree is nearly three times as high, at 22.9 percent.
That’s according to a new report from Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The report also had some fascinating statistics on earnings and jobless rates by college major.
Key skills needed in the future workforce and what drives them.
- Content is not everything.
- Think critically, evaluate information, communicate it effectively (and in teams).
- Problem solve.
Yes, But Not as Much as You Think.
On some level, of course, pay does matter. Wages should be competitive. But pay is not the driving reason good teachers leave the classroom; it’s merely the icing on the cake. Policymakers and stakeholders need to tackle the deeper reasons why promising teachers leave the classroom year after year. Otherwise, districts will simply continue to supplant their teaching force summer after summer.
As job prospects across the state and nation remain bleak for new and laid-off teachers — more than 8,800 Illinois teachers received pink slips in 2010, according to officials — many are finding welcome work as nannies and baby sitters.
Nannies increasingly say they have found that parents jump at the chance to leave their children with someone with a teaching background, offering generous incentives such as signing bonuses and extra time off. The popularity has inspired the creation of one local website — sitterworks.com, which plans to launch soon — specifically for unemployed teachers and nurses hoping to find work in child care.
Many companies extol the value of work-life balance for their employees, but the reality for senior executives? There isn’t any. Frequently, stressed and harried managers look up the organization hierarchy and assume that they’ll have greater control of their time when they advance to the C-suite. What they don’t understand is that modern-day telecommunications, the hair-trigger requirements of financial markets, and the pace of global organizations create 24 x 7 work lives for most executives. So, forget work-life balance and think personal organization and finding ways to relax.
Personally here’s a big area for improvement for me. For greater focus I’m scrutinizing 2 cultural forces to overcome: decisions-by-committee and meeting start times.
Thanks to Time Management Ninja I have 5 quick points to think about before I schedule that 1-hour mondo-meeting. These will also help me focus on my challenges while empowering myself to be more mindful of answering that question: is this worth my time?
- Schedule meetings for less time
- Invite fewer people
- Make decisions BEFORE the meeting
- Start and end on time
- Right to decline