Archive for the 'education' Category

Nov 17 2014

Hope For Tomorrow

Recently I attended a number of events populated mostly with people substantially younger than myself.  Among the many things I gleaned from these experiences is that there is hope for tomorrow.  The energy, exuberance and enthusiasm of today’s young people is intoxicating and I always find being around them a great learning experience.  They are [...]

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Sep 15 2014

Tech Chasm

One of the topics I think needs more coverage and more solutions, is the shortage of women and minorities in tech jobs.  If you look at a graph of people who hold tech jobs, women and minorities are represented in the valleys and white males represent the highest peaks, hence we have a tech chasm. [...]

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Jun 02 2014

Teachers!

Published byHank under collaboration, education, teach

Now that it’s the end of the school year, a lot of people will be experiencing major changes to their lives.  Congratulations to the graduating classes of 2014.  I wish you much luck and success!  Your lives are about to change!  Big time!  But at the moment, I’m more interested in the opposite side of [...]

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Feb 20 2012

Shifting Gears

Among the issues I get to frequently talk to job seekers about is how to transition from one career to another.  For many shifting gears and their career focus, there is an almost natural progression that might emanate from the development of new skills or successfully tackling a progression of more difficult responsibilities.  For others, [...]

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Oct 31 2011

Deliberately Insecure

In the previous blog entry I tried to illustrate the diversity of unseen and unsung talent required to put on a live production.  Many of the people who work in these positions are freelancers and independent contractors, as opposed to regular employees, who know a thing or two about looking for work and self promotion.  [...]

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Sep 05 2011

A New Look at OJT

Happy Labor Day to all!  Here it is September again, the year is ¾’s over and students are returning to their classrooms.  While colleges and universities struggle to maintain standards because of their rising costs, curricula continue to evolve.  Instruction of business and entrepreneurial coursework is on the rise, and many programs are focusing on [...]

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Aug 23 2010

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Published byHank under education, research

I’ve admitted in this space on multiple occasions that I don’t have a crystal ball and have no idea what the future will really hold.  Thinking about the economy, the ongoing high unemployment rate, wars, natural disasters, it is hard to stay optimistic.  But over the past few weeks, my outlook on things seemed to [...]

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Aug 09 2010

DO YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR?

Published byHank under education, research

Not if you’re getting your education from vocational schools, according to a new study recently released from the US Government Accounting Office.  Having received a number of complaints, the Feds investigated a number of private vocational schools, often referred to as “career colleges,” for making false claims and using deceptive recruiting practices.
Generally, the claims brought [...]

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Jun 28 2010

Emphasis on Ability

If think you’re having a hard time looking for work, imagine what its like for the many people with disabilities.  What was the first image you had after reading that sentence?  Was it of a person in a wheelchair or on crutches?  Was it of someone who is blind or hearing impaired?  Did you flash [...]

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Mar 22 2010

Insane Clowns and Vicious Cycles!

Published byHank under Community, education

There’s an amazing amount of injustice in the employment world these days, so please pardon my impatience and dissatisfaction with the government and employers that are making so many bad decisions, and the lives of so many so difficult!
The welfare and well being of our children are at stake when over 23,000 teachers were given [...]

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Sep 21 2009

Membership Has Its Privileges

Throughout the country, state-provided resources for job seekers are drying up.  Staff shortages, mandatory layoffs and furlough days that close facilities all impact the employment offices’ ability to provide comprehensive one-on-one services.  It wasn’t that long ago that if you were out of work, you could have gone to your local unemployment office, talked to [...]

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Dec 15 2008

Paralyzed By Choices

My conversation with a young cab driver the other day went something like this:
Hank: If you weren’t driving this cab, what you rather be doing?
Cabbie:  I’m not sure. I’ve thought about doing a lot of different things.  I only graduated high school last year and needed to find work, and this is what I got?
H:  [...]

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Sep 22 2008

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where will the jobs of tomorrow be?
What industries will be hot, and sustaining 5, 10, 15, 25, 50 years from now?
Most people doing a job search right now aren’t overly concerned with what will be the hot gigs of the next 20 to 50 years.  And employers are mostly concerned with finding and keeping the [...]

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