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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
Unemployment rates and median earnings for 2010. Does not account for student loan payments.
It is super unprofessional to send an email that ends with the tag “Sent from my iPhone.”
Gotta disagree here…I see the context of your situation. While it would be a perfect world that I could devote attention at my desk to carefully craft a response to every email I get I can’t. Here’s how I assess email I get on my phone:
- Does this require my immediate attention?
- If yes, does it require a phone call?
If it’s requiring an immediate response and doesn’t require a call I’ll answer that email from my phone. And to let that person know I’m not at my desk, along with my grammer/auto-spelling being less than stellar, I make sure that email has my patented “proudly thumb-typed from my mobile device” signature. It succinctly conveys important facts and a courtesy:
- I am not at my desk.
- I determined your email is important and I’m responding as best I can now.
- Despite my best efforts there will be typos, please excuse my thumbs.
- If I’m asking for a response back quickly, please don’t make it really long.
How is that unprofessional?
Under the slogan ‘Wake up and Smell the Future,’ Microsoft fed walkers-up while, presumably, pitching them on the idea of coming to work for the Kinect team. According to the Seattle Times, who first discovered Microsoft’s hijinks, the very best potential candidates had the chance to receive a free bacon-scented air freshener. Yes, they make those.
The Census Bureau posted some information about the economic payoff of a college degree on their blog, Random Samplings. A recent report indicated that educational level had a bigger impact than any other demographic factor on lifetime earnings. More education leads to both higher incomes not just because those with more education receive higher salaries, but also because they are more likely to be in full-time jobs.
Not surprisingly, the gap in earnings widens over time, especially for those with a bachelor’s or higher degree compared to those with less…