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Picking a Major Based on Which Industries Are Hiring Is a Bad Idea

Picking a Major Based on Which Industries Are Hiring Is a Bad Idea | Good Advice | Scoop.it
One reason some jobs are in high demand is because no one predicted that they would be.
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I've seen the sad and stupid trend for several years: "A few generations ago the employers used to look for smart or adaptable kids on college campuses with general skills. They would convert them to what they wanted inside the company and they would retrain them and they’d get different skills. They’re not doing that now. They're just expecting that the kids will show up with the skills that the employer needs when the employer needs them. That’s a pretty difficult thing to expect, because of these kinds of problems. So the employers now are always complaining that they can’t get the people they need, but it’s pretty obvious why that’s not happening.

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The 4 Job Skills Employers Want to See on Your Resume

The 4 Job Skills Employers Want to See on Your Resume | Good Advice | Scoop.it
What are the most popular job and career skills today's hiring managers want to see? Here are four of the top skills and how to improve them.
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Avoiding the Lure of Netflix: How to Apply to Jobs After a Long Day of Work

Avoiding the Lure of Netflix: How to Apply to Jobs After a Long Day of Work | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Get motivated, and get that brand new job.

 

1. Leave work [or school] but don't go home. Head to a quiet place for a few hours. Consider it your job search office.

2. Find a job-searching friend. Plan to meet up after work and craft your cover letters together.

3. Just do one little thing. Set one goal that feels small and doable.

4. Set weekly goals (and block your time). But don’t schedule something every night.

5. Only apply for the stuff you're really pumped about. Maybe your time would be better spent finding something that looks great or meeting up with a cool person who works in your industry.

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Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem | Good Advice | Scoop.it
In start-up land, the young barely talk to the old (and vice versa). That makes for a lot of cool apps. But great technology? Not so much.

 

But the churn feels more problematic now, in part because it deprives the new guard as well as the old — and by extension, it deprives us all. In pursuing the latest and the coolest, young engineers ignore opportunities in less-sexy areas of tech like semiconductors, data storage and networking, the products that form the foundation on which all of Web 2.0 rests. Without a good router to provide reliable Wi-Fi, your Dropbox file-sharing application is not going to sync; without Nvidia’s graphics processing unit, your BuzzFeed GIF is not going to make anyone laugh. The talent — and there’s a ton of it — flowing into Silicon Valley cares little about improving these infrastructural elements. What they care about is coming up with more web apps.

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What We’ll Be Doing in 2022

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In the decade from 2012 to 2022, the fastest growth in U.S. employment will take place in the health care, health care support, construction, and personal care fields. These four categories are expected to account for more than a third—about 6.6 million—of all new jobs.

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Still no Career Plan? Relax. You don’t need one to be successful and happy! Here’s why

Still no Career Plan? Relax. You don’t need one to be successful and happy! Here’s why | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Career plans. Still not sure what you want to be? Relax, focus on your strengths and what your passionate about and let success come to you. It will.
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What employers really want? Workers they don’t have to train

What employers really want? Workers they don’t have to train | Good Advice | Scoop.it
If everyone is hiring for the ability to do a job, rather than for the potential to do it well, how does anyone get that initial experience?
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I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't been trained by or at any of the companies I have worked for in the past. Today, I am pretty good at teaching myself things, getting ramped up, etc. and I have a PLN (Personal Learning Network). But this is not true for today's college students or recent graduates. This must change.

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Millennials Asked, Mike Volpe Answered: Career Advice From HubSpot's CMO [Video]

Millennials Asked, Mike Volpe Answered: Career Advice From HubSpot's CMO [Video] | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Watch this video to get Mike's advice on finding a job you're passionate about, the value of a liberal arts degree, and how to find a mentor.
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How to Identify Soft Skills in IT Job Candidates

How to Identify Soft Skills in IT Job Candidates | Good Advice | Scoop.it
As IT departments are called upon to play larger, more public roles in today's businesses, the skill set of the ideal IT employee has changed. How can companies identify whether a job candidate has the 'soft skills' to bridge the gap between IT and the rest of the business?
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Reflections on “Humans need not apply”

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From DSC:
I don’t know much about this video in terms of who created it or what their purpose was in developing it. Though it paints an overly bleak picture IMHO, at least in some ways, I post it here because I think it outlines some solid topics to think about and to plan for — NOW! Not later.

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The Great Leap Generation F Needs to Make

The Great Leap Generation F Needs to Make | Good Advice | Scoop.it
The economy is hopelessly broken. Can young people fix it?

 

Create the future. The one that we’re not being allowed to live. And to do that, we’re going to have to break a few rules—so that the rules don’t break us.

 

We’re going to have take great leaps. Not baby steps. We’re taking too many of the latter, and we’re barely learning to walk. We’re going to have to stop wasting our time on pleasant, meaningless trivialities like minigames, dating apps, tacocopters, reality TV, and asymmetrical haircuts (OK, I admit it. I have one too).

 

Great leaps. Over the rubble of failed societies and broken economies. Or else we will remain trapped in the ruins, massed against the cliffs; a generation going nowhere.

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Why Jeffrey Katzenberg Thinks You Should Stop Following Your Passion

Why Jeffrey Katzenberg Thinks You Should Stop Following Your Passion | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"...talk to kids today about follow your dreams, but I'm not actually sure that's such a great idea," he said. "How about follow your skill?...I believe every human being does something great. Follow that thing you're actually really good at and that may become your passion." JeffreyKatzenberg, CEO, Dreamworks Animation

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Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions

Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"What is your tennis ball?

 

This question, derived from a terrific commencement speech given at MIT last year by Dropbox founder Drew Houston, is a good place to start because it cuts to the chase. As Houston explained, “The most successful people are obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball.” To increase your chances of happiness and success, Houston said, you must “find your tennis ball--the thing that pulls you.”


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What am I doing when I feel the most beautiful/handsome?

Where do I feel the most alive?

What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?

What are your superpowers?

What are you willing to try now?

In 20-30 years from now, what do you want to say you've accomplished?

What is your sentence?

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 16, 2014 5:34 PM

Questions to consider: 


  1. What do I find myself doing?
  2. What am I doing when I feel most beautiful?
  3. What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?
  4. What are your superpowers?
  5. What did you enjoy doing at age 10?
  6. What are you willing to try now?
  7. Looking back on your career, 20 or 30 years from now, what do you want to say you’ve accomplished?
  8. What is your sentence?



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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: 50 Jobs for Kids Ages 12-17

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: 50 Jobs for Kids Ages 12-17 | Good Advice | Scoop.it

This is an updated list (12 more added from last year) of jobs for kids between the ages of 12-17. With a little creativity (and a bit of that entrepreneurial spirit) there are many things your students can do to earn extra money.

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Great ideas for anyone to do a side-hustle or while in-between jobs.

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Artificial Intelligence Will Put Us Out Of Work - InformationWeek

Artificial Intelligence Will Put Us Out Of Work - InformationWeek | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Forget killer robots. Widespread unemployment is the worst case scenario for humans in the AI future.
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Does How You Dress and Look Impact Your Career? Sadly, Yes

Does How You Dress and Look Impact Your Career? Sadly, Yes | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"Years ago I worked on the shop floor of a manufacturing plant. I had worked my way through school at another plant so I definitely identified more with the hourly workers than the "suits." (Even though most of the guys referred to me as "college boy.")

 

One day the department manager stopped by. He asked about my background. He asked about my education. He asked about my career aspirations.

 

"I'd like to be a supervisor," I answered, "and then someday I'd like your job."

 

He smiled and said, "Good for you. I like a guy with dreams." Then he paused.

 

"But if that's what you really want," he said, looking me in the eyes, "first you need to start looking the part."

 

I knew what he was saying but decided to play dumb. "What do you mean?" I asked.

 

"Look around," he said. "How do supervisors dress? How does their hair look? How do they act? No one will think of you as supervisor material until they can actually see you as a supervisor -- and right now you look nothing like a supervisor."

 

He was right. I was wearing ratty jeans with a couple of holes. (Why wouldn't I? I worked around oil and grease all day.) I was wearing a cut-off t-shirt. (Why wouldn't I? It was the middle of the summer and the air wheezing through the overhead vents was far from conditioned.) And my hair was pretty long, even for the day. (No excuse for that one, as is obvious from the photo above.)

 

"But shouldn't how well I do my job matter more than how I look?" I asked.

 

"In a perfect world your performance is all that would matter," he said. "But we don't live in a perfect world. Take my advice: if you want to be promoted into a certain position... make sure you look like the people in that position."


I've thought about that conversation a lot over the years."

 

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3 Ways My about.me Page Got Me a Job | The about.me Blog

3 Ways My about.me Page Got Me a Job | The about.me Blog | Good Advice | Scoop.it

When I began my job search, I knew that I wanted to share all of my unique experiences with a potential employer. However, I just didn’t know how. The one thing I did know was that I had to make it easy, appropriate, and creative in order to get their attention.

 

1. A Place To Celebrate Non-Traditional Experiences

2. A Place To Click Through Your Work

3. A Place To Nail First Impressions

 

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FACT SHEET: Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants | The White House

FACT SHEET: Vice President Biden Announces Recipients of $450 Million of Job-Driven Training Grants | The White House | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Today, as part of this effort, Vice President Biden, Secretary Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary Arne Duncan are announcing the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants going to nearly 270 community colleges across the country. The funding is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program, which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.

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Starting a New Career? Consider Good Work

Starting a New Career? Consider Good Work | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Howard Gardner and his colleague define good work as a combination of the three Es: excellence, ethics, and engagement. When what we do becomes good work, we love what we do at every level: we feel competent, happy, and that our efforts have meaning.

 

1. Decide what you really would like to spend your life doing.

2. Think about people whom you admire and respect.

3. Consider where you want to work.

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7 Ways to Lay the Groundwork for Your Next Job (Even if You Don't Know What it Is)

7 Ways to Lay the Groundwork for Your Next Job (Even if You Don't Know What it Is) | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Even if your goals are fuzzy, there’s plenty you can do to position yourself for future opportunities.

 

...if you don’t have a set goal—if you don’t know exactly what lies in your professional future—there’s not much you can do to prepare for your next step, right?

 

Wrong. In fact, even if your goals are a little fuzzy, there’s plenty you can do to position yourself for (and even stumble upon!) future opportunities, whatever they may be. Here are a few ideas.

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10 Things You're Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care"

10 Things You're Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care" | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Do your actions scream: "I'm over it!" Or are you that stressed out? If you're doing these things at work you're sending the wrong message.
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Are you Ready? Here are the Top 10 Skills for the Future

Are you Ready?  Here are the Top 10 Skills for the Future | Good Advice | Scoop.it
As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind.   If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% [...]
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Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'

Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native' | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Professors at Northwestern University are training students to build online identities that can advance their academic and professional careers.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 22, 2014 12:02 PM

"Because a 2-year-old can swipe their finger on an iPad, suddenly every young person, every child, is just universally knowledgeable about digital media," she says. "But there is so much more to using digital media than turning it on or starting an app."

Inma Contreras's curator insight, April 22, 2014 5:25 PM

Siempre he dicho que lo de los nativos digitales era un cuento chino,ahora,documentado.