Category Archives: Critical Thinking

Can Business and Education Close the Skills Gap Together?

Closing the Gap Together

Despite U.S. high school graduation rates reaching all-time highs, many employers are finding that recent graduates are unprepared to succeed in the workforce because they lack foundational “soft skills.” While technical skills are often industry-specific, soft skills such as professional communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and time management are valued by employers across sectors.” -U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently published a report on why the business and education sector must work together to close the soft skills gap. These two sectors working together seems like one of those solutions that is almost so obvious we could have almost missed it. iMar is working daily to seek out partners so that we can bring our soft skills training to the people that need it most. We focus on the “Big 6” of critical thinking: Leadership, Creative Problem Solving, Analytical Thinking, Collaboration, Social & Emotional Intelligence, and Communication, because as the report mentions these are the skills that employers want that are rare to find.

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Does Your Work Follow You Wherever You Go?

The Future is Here

People are using technology like voice-activated apps and smartphone calendars to enhance their everyday lives and that is also translating to their work,” Cotton says. “As employers, we have to embrace that — how do we give people the opportunity to work from anywhere while still being productive?” writes Pooneh Ghana for WIRED magazine.
Our jobs are no longer constrained to just the brick and mortar office of yesterday. Our office is now online, we meet in chat rooms for meetings, we share project duties through resources like ASANA, and the ability to manage all of this can become a nightmare. Preparation and updating your skills will be the key to success for the future of the workplace, and iMar is here with you every step of the way.

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Alanna Cotton (right), senior vice president and general manager at Samsung Electronics America, speaks about the future of work with Jason Tanz(left), Wired magazine site director, at the SXSW Conference in Austin, TX. (Credit: Pooneh Ghana)

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Traditional College or Career Training…or Combine the Two?

How Do We Reskill America?

Katherine Newman, author of Reskilling America: How Technical Education Can Transform Our Society, said, “Students from working-class and poor communities need options that traditional forms of higher education may not provide, and they need them now, not thirty or forty years hence, when their working lives are in the rearview mirror.

I completely agree with Katherine, and something has to be done to help those students gain the skills they need to be successful in and after high school. Yes, the jobs that your father and grandfather had in the manufacturing warehouse may not be available anymore, but new opportunities are becoming available every day.

The Impact of Technology

Technology and automation are changing the skills that are needed to do certain jobs. Adult workers today have to make sure they are monitoring how their job might change due to updated technology and adapt their skills so they are not left behind. iMar Learning Solutions provides the soft-skills that will help you grow and be successful on the job, but you still need the hard skills that schools like Essex Technical Skills High School provide to its students.

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Start With Why, Then Find Your How

Simon Sinek, is the author of the 2009 bestseller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (View Simon’s TedTalk Here). Sinek’s lessons have been more than inspiring for me, they have been life changing. Sinek does an excellent job of explaining the importance of starting with “why.” I have learned that finding your reasons for doing something is just as important as what you do. Many of us have big dreams to accomplish certain goals. Some of us are motivated because we want to make life better for our children, to help others that are in need, or to help make our planet healthy again. We all have different whys or motivators, but a vast amount of us stop there. I am going to share 3 tips on how you can start with why then find your how, so you can turn your vision into action.

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Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?

The Future is Now

Attention teachers, parents, professors, and anyone that cares about helping our society achieve its maximum potential. If you fit any of these categories then continue reading because this message is for you. If not, you need to keep reading anyway because this is a message that ALL citizens of planet earth should hear because our future success depends on what you do after reading it. I am an educator; I did not know when I graduated college that the journey we call “life” would lead me to a classroom. I did not know that I would find my passion in writing, blogging, training, and helping others achieve their goals by creating IMar Learning Solutions. But, I am here and I am happy that at the end of the day I am able to bring awareness to the need for soft skill training and critical thinking. These are the skills that will help you advance in your career. Continue reading Are We Preparing the Next Generation for Success?

3 Reasons to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills Today

Critical Thinking and Your Future

Here at IMar Learning Solutions, we are always focused on the future and how we can help you improve in your career and self-development. Many writers and bloggers talk about the upcoming changes due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a time of doom and gloom. There are numerous articles about the IOT (Internet of Things), 3D printing, automation, and robotics and how all of these technologies will disrupt organizations and cause economic failure. Where others see doom and gloom, IMar Learning sees opportunity. Yes, many will lose their job, but many will grab hold to the famous Latin saying of “carpe diem” and “seize the day!” IMar Learning Solutions’, Critical Thinking Academy‘s purpose is to provide you with the skills and tools needed to improve your soft skills because these are the skills that employers desperately need. Continue reading 3 Reasons to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills Today

Join the Education Revolution

Wake Up…

In 2001 the No Child Left Behind Act bill was signed and passed through Congress. Different aspects of the bill have been highly debated and criticized. The education systems dislike of the bill has not gone unnoticed. I do not agree with all aspects, if any, of the No Child Left Behind Act, but I do agree that students are being left behind, and something needs to be done. Unfortunately, many adults are about to face a similar situation and it is time to join the Education Revolution. If something does not change many Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s will be left behind when it comes to the skills needed to perform their job due to the disruptions that are here (not coming, already HERE) because of the advancement in artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. Baby Boomers and Generation X, this message is for you. IMar Learning Solutions is extending its Millennial hand to help you through the changes that are disrupting your life and career. Continue reading Join the Education Revolution

3 Tips on How to Listen Like a Boss

Be Quick to Listen & Slow to Speak

Ok, let’s be honest, most of us today are not quick to listen or slow to speak. Many of us listen to what we want to hear and we tailor our response based on the key points that relate to the direction we want to take the conversation in. Today, we will all take IMar Learning Solutions Official Listening Oath, “I (Insert your name) do solemnly swear to listen more attentively, give feedback based on what was actually said (not what I was thinking about while the other person was speaking), and I will work on being quick to listen and slow to speak.” Imagine how your relationship with your husband or wife would grow if you listened more attentively, imagine how society could improve if more citizens listened to hear and not just respond, or how world leaders could end wars by first stopping to listen to understand the other sides point of view. Continue reading 3 Tips on How to Listen Like a Boss

3 Quotes that Made Me a Better Leader

Are You a Leader?

Whether you like it or not, you are a leader. Sorry to be the one to break the news to you. Someone is always watching and following the example that you are setting. The type of leader you are is up to you and the choices that you make. Being a leader does not mean that you cannot make a mistake; plenty of leaders have stumbled and fell. What defines a true leader is how you bounce back from your mistakes and setbacks. Leadership is a skill you can develop and the following quotes have impacted my life and helped to improve my leadership abilities.

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