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Career Development: Hard Skills and Soft Skills

Career Development: Hard Skills and Soft Skills

Preference for hard skills versus soft skills is a key career development consideration.  Hard skills, where there is definite knowledge and expertise, is preferable to many people.  Soft skills, which includes such things as communications and ‘people skills’, may be your preference.  Ideally, anyone will have some combination of both – but there is an …

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Career Development: Highly or Loosely Structured Approach

Career Development: Highly or Loosely Structured Approach

You may prefer a more structured environment…or a more loosely structured environment.  It’s a personal preference, and in all likelihood any environment will necessarily have elements of both.  Your preference, and the jobs and environments that you desire will surely have a clear influence on how you develop your career – and your skills.  In …

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Digital Future:  Digital Government

Digital Future: Digital Government

As with businesses, there are opportunities – and necessities – for governments embracing the opportunities that digital technology provides.  Digital government most likely involves digitizing the interfaces of government – at least with other governments, with citizens, with businesses, and with other organizations.  So, it would seem that it is aimed largely at efficiency. However, …

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The Digital Future:  Fintech

The Digital Future: Fintech

The advancement of digital technology is enabling ‘fintech’, or a new breed of financial technology, which represents a major reorganization of the services offered in the financial services industry.  Banks and other financial institutions have long been entrenched as intermediaries between the financial system – financial services offered – and consumers. With fintech, the traditional …

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Employees Get Chipped: Embedding Microchips

Employees Get Chipped: Embedding Microchips

For medical reasons, implantable technologies such as a pacemaker, help to regulate someone’s heart.  Other implanted functions have been used to help the deaf hear and may one day be used for treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, and Tourette’s syndrome.  They might also in the near future be engineered to help control obsessive compulsive disorder …

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Senior Citizens: Going Back to College

Have you already logged your time in the workaday world? Maybe you just want to be intellectually stimulated. If you are digitally savvy or have lots of valuable life experience, you may just want to return to college to continue learning or even to accelerate a new career.

Why the Gig Economy Will Bring More Equality

Seldom, if ever, is the Industrial Revolution framed as a labor revolution. Yet that’s undeniably what it was. Is it any coincidence that the dawning industrial revolution — fed by the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and the like — is stealing the limelight from the spread of contingent work?

In-School Initiative Ideas for Businesses

What’s the most popular course at Yale University this year? It’s not English Composition, American Government, or any other foundational course; it’s Psychology and the Good Life. This semester, nearly a quarter of Yale’s undergraduates signed up to learn how to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.