by Lisa Thompson In the last 30 years, the U.S. economy has shifted dramatically from manufacturing to information services. Along with this shift came an equally dramatic change in employee skill sets. Yet, there is a growing disconnect between the skills new workers bring to the workforce and the skills employers require. Marketable Skills … Continue reading The 21st Century Skill Set
by Pedro J. Cordova Jr. Online college students begin the first day of classes with many different levels of preparation. Some have a little college experience. Others begin right after high school, and still others pursue a college degree after many years in the workforce. Whatever your age or number of credits under your belt, … Continue reading 10 Online Learning Tips: Going Back to Basics
by Lisa Thompson Low-income Minnesota students completing grades three to 11 in spring 2011 may be eligible to participate in a summer academic enrichment program at no or low cost thanks to a new program offered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The program will fund up to $1,000 to attend an approved program … Continue reading Summer Academic Enrichment Stipends Available for Low-income Students
by Sharon Boerbon Hanson You want to stand out as the “top dog” when you meet employers and recruiters at networking events and job fairs. Here are a few tips to help you do just that—before, during, AND after the event. BEFORE Set yourself apart by using the “YES!” Technique (You as their … Continue reading Avoid Being Just Another Spot on the Dalmatian
by Rachel Vilsack A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail request for an informational interview from an individual who found my name, website, and Twitter account online. This person was interested in the field of workforce and economic development and asked to set up a meeting with me to discuss my career. Now, as … Continue reading The Power of an Informational Interview
by Kathy Kirchoff More college students are becoming interested in clean energy careers largely due to concerns over the environment. Science and engineering are becoming hot topics on campuses. Many students have grown up hearing about our dependency on foreign oil, the war in Iraq, and rising gas prices, and want to be part of … Continue reading Why Me, Why Now? (A Career in Energy)
by Lisa Thompson In past several years, you might have hard the buzz around encouraging students to pursue STEM disciplines in college. “STEM” simply stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Within these four broad categories are a diverse range of fields in agricultural, biological science, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physical science, and technology. … Continue reading STEM-ing the Tide
by Rachel Vilsack A friend of mine recently received a telephone call from an employer, who wondered if my friend would be interested in interviewing for a job they had open. Ordinarily this would be a welcomed call. But in this case, my friend already has a job. After some discussion with the employer, my … Continue reading Who’s Got Your Resume?