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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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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–D. Wesley-IMar Learning Solutions–
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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?
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
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
“Eventually the existing skills will become outmoded.”
-Jeff Bezos Amazon Ceo
The Bigger They Are the Harder They Fall
I did not think that I would live to see the day retail giants like Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s could not weather the storm that is the result of Hurricane Amazon. These juggernauts have been the cornerstone of retail shopping for decades and now they have met their match. The retail leaders of the past must either adapt to the technological disruptions that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing about or get rolled over. Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon has planned this take over for a long time and he is finally seeing the fruit of his labor. In his 1997 letter to his investors, Bezos wrote “We believe that a fundamental measure of our success will be the shareholder value we create over the long term. This value will be a direct result of our ability to extend and solidify our current leadership position. The stronger our market leadership, the more powerful our economic model.” A lot of jobs will be lost but with some guidance, many will create opportunities to actually advance their career and prosper from the vast economic changes that many are not focusing on yet, including some government officials. Continue reading #1 Tip to Prosper from the Fall of the Retail Giants
The X-Factor=Soft Skills
If you have been following the wave of changes due to the technological disruptions caused by Industry 4.0 then you know that developing your soft skills is the x-factor for current and future career success. If you have not been paying attention, then you really need to thank God that you stumbled upon this article. But what exactly are soft skills? Lei Han, the founder of Be My Career Coach, defines soft skills as, “skills we use to interact with others at work” and “these are the skills to help us manage self-perception and our reactions to adverse situations.” Don’t let the name fool you because having the right balance of soft skills and technical skills can be what lands you your big promotion. For example, if an employer is debating between hiring you and the candidate that has more technical skill experience, your ability to showcase and highlight your soft skills could possibly be what gives you the competitive edge over your competition.
What Are the Must Have Skills?
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What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Understanding history can reveal possible bumps in the road that can hinder or slow your success and since knowledge is power, knowing the history of things can help you make better choices for your future. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already begun and I want to do my part to help others to survive and prosper, and that only takes a little preparation, and training to bridge any learning gaps.
Continue reading Is Your Resume Ready? The Fourth Industrial Revolution
What is a Digital Badge and Do I Need It?
You have the right to remain silent! Sorry, the digital badge does not give you the right to become an online police officer, although we do need more of those. But, it does give you a competitive edge over your job seeking competition. But, what the heck is a digital badge? Hastac.org defines the digital badge as, “a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments. Open digital badging makes it easy for anyone to issue, earn, and display badges across the web—through an infrastructure that uses shared and open technical standards.”
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Finding the Job Skills Sweet Spot
In Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon’s job study, The Bloomberg Job Skills Report: What Recruiters Want, Bloomberg.com asked 1,251 job recruiters at 547 companies about the skills they want that are either rare or they cannot find in employees. Cannon and Levy call these skills the “Sweet Spot Skills” and they are creative problem solving, leadership skills, strategic thinking and communication skills. Continue reading Are You a Victim of the Skills Gap?