May 25, 2017

The reality to be confronted is that educators -- and I include myself here -- are not yet developing the workforce needed to fill our country's STEM needs today or in the future. As a result, our graduates are not prepared to grasp the many STEM opportunities available to them.

May 24, 2017

“Most good middle-class jobs today -- the ones that cannot be outsourced, automated, roboticized, or digitized -- are likely to be what I would call stempathy jobs,” writes Thomas L. Friedman in his book Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in a World of Accelerations. “These are jobs that require and reward the ability to leverage technical and interpersonal skills...

May 23, 2017

How can CIOs and businesses help pitch in to train tomorrow's tech leaders? Are today's hiring managers simply too selective, chasing unicorn candidates that don’t exist? How can companies brand themselves as great places to work?

May 18, 2017

Trying to land a new job or angling for a promotion? Recruiters and hiring managers are always on the hunt for ideal candidates with just the right mix of tech savvy, experience and soft skills to give their organizations a competitive advantage. But all technology skills are not created equal.

May 18, 2017

The task before Washington STEM Teacher of the Month and CenturyLink grant recipient Doug Ferguson isn’t just challenging - it’s a bit vague, too. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Integration Specialist recognizes that “by some estimates, more than half of the jobs our Kindergarteners will have don’t exist yet.” Still, Ferguson and his colleagues are rising to the challenge before them.

May 16, 2017

If you've ever wondered how much a particular college major -- such as nursing, computer science or art history -- defines your destiny, check out this new interactive data tool from the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project. The key message: every major, including the technical cluster, brings more career flexibility than we realize.

May 15, 2017

The internet of things (IoT) is in the midst of an explosion, as more connected devices proliferate. But there's a problem: There's not enough talent with the right skills to manage and execute on IoT projects. In fact, insufficient staffing and lack of expertise is the most-cited barrier for organizations currently looking to implement and benefit from IoT, according to research from Gartner.

May 15, 2017

Today’s tight market for data science and analytics (DSA) skills involves data scientists, but it extends much further to existing job classifications from the C-suite to frontlines -- all of which are increasingly enabled by analytics. And when we look at the talent pool coming out of American colleges and universities, too few are likely have the skills employers are looking for.

May 10, 2017

“There are simply not enough adequately trained people to fill the current need for information security analysts, hardware engineers, software developers, computer programmers, data scientists and other STEM professionals. States must both inspire and prepare a far greater number of students to pursue CS education and related careers.”

May 09, 2017

The implementation of robotic process automation (RPA) is enabling enterprises to execute business processes 5-10 times faster with an average of 37 percent fewer resources, according to a report released this week by Information Services Group (ISG). However, the productivity gains are not necessarily leading to mass layoffs, but rather the redeployment of employees to handle higher-value tasks and a greater volume of work, according to ISG.