• Cautions in ‘Going Social’

    In A World Gone Social, Ted Coine and Mark Babbitt share a compelling case why businesses and persons must establish a social media presence – their future depends on it.[i] Here are some of the underlying themes in their book: Everyone – employees, customers, competitors, and candidates – is using social media; according to a… Continue Reading

  • Generation Z, Mobile Natives

    While I looked into the ‘monthly average users’ for the big four social media services, I realized there is a major new trend: users are using mobile devices on par with regular desktops. According to a recent publication, Facebook has reached 1 billion monthly active users using mobile devices compared to 1.28 billion overall. And… Continue Reading

  • Early Career Professional: A Time to Take on Career Risk

    Early career professionals should be willing and ready to take on ‘career risk’; this might include working in another country, joining a startup, choosing a job based on purpose (rather than salary), taking on a role in another discipline, starting a graduate program, etc.  Each of these choices might be considered risky because it: Lacks… Continue Reading

  • The Millenials

    Current early career professionals –the much hyped Millennial generation – are fundamentally different than previous generations. They have vast amounts of information at their fingertips and communicate instantly through social media. (In my mind, this is unprecedented!) And they represent a large chunk of the US workforce – 36 percent of it.[1] Millenials are building… Continue Reading

  • A Standardized Test To Identify Reasons For The Skills Gap

    One partial solution to address the skills gap – employers not filling jobs, while professionals are seeking employment – is the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which is a standardized test for college graduates and early career professionals.  It is designed to understand an aptitude with transferable skills (or “critical thinking skills”) for job preparedness, in a… Continue Reading

  • Why Get Certified

    A certification is an excellent way to validate your skill set. Obtaining a certification has become more common in most professions, particularly in information technology where there are rapid changes in the adoption of applications and technologies.The advantage of a certification is bringing in a third-party to validate an expertise with a skill, and in… Continue Reading