A new paper, data tool from Harvard focus on college-workforce alignment

A white paper by researchers at Harvard University suggests that the programs colleges use to put students on paths to well-paying jobs—such as job shadowing or career mentorship programs—remain scattered, underinvested in and underresearched. The paper identifies 13 methods colleges and universities use to prepare students for careers and assesses how prevalent, well researched and easy to carry out each of them are.

The paper was released last week by the Project on Workforce, a research effort at Harvard focused on helping higher ed systems create smoother transitions from college to careers and produce better economic outcomes for students, as a part of the project’s College-to-Jobs Initiative . Alongside the white paper, the team of researchers also put out a new interactive map that shows workforce and college graduation trends by region to help higher-educated leaders, policy makers and employers identify and bridge disconnects between the training colleges that are providing and their local workforce. The map draws on seven public data sets and job posting data from Lightcast, a labor market analytics firm.

The paper argues that colleges aren’t offering the economic returns hoped for by students and families, contributing to a growing distrust in the value of a degree. It notes that in 2021, 40 percent of students who recently completed a bachelor’s degree found themselves in jobs that didn’t require one. Meanwhile, higher education and workforce data are generally “siloed,” with scant research that connects the two.

Kerry McKittrick, associate director at the Project on Workforce, said, for a long time, “rightfully and well-meaningly,” college leaders and policy makers were focused on college access. But now, amid rising student loan debt levels, “we’re seeing this kind of change in focus on the role that colleges are playing in economic mobility. But there’s really not a huge evidence base around what works as far as connecting students to good jobs.”

“We hope to kind of create this almost menu of options and provide a grounding for the field across stakeholders, whether it’s colleges, employers or policy makers, around the options that they have as they try to pull together to build a stronger college-to -workforce ecosystem,” she added.

Jeff Strohl, director of research at Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, also sees the research as part of a broader national “movement” to “better utilize labor market information as part of the enrollment decision-making and graduate decision-making process .”

“When it comes to system alignment between educational production and labor market demands, the systems have fallen woefully short,” he said. “Some of that is a longtime bias among higher education that we don’t do training, we prepare people to become better citizens … when 90 percent of students want to get a job. They have not been as conscious as they could be, and frankly they haven’t had the good tools.”

Career preparation methods evaluated by the paper include internships, job shadowing, career mentorship programs, industry-recognized credential programs, experiential learning coursework, apprenticeships

Read More

5 Reasons to Quit Your Job, According to a Career Expert

Ideally, you’d like to have a career that you enjoy for a long period of time — but that doesn’t always feel possible.

Many people end up frustrated with their jobs for one reason or another, whether it’s because of their workplace environment or the work itself. As the frustration builds, they may turn to their networks and job boards in search of new positions.

“When we look at careers, it used to be a straight line, now it’s a squiggly line,” LinkedIn career expert Catherine Fisher tells TODAY.com.

And while switching jobs makes some people uneasy (and, well, terrified), there are positives to branching out and trying something new.

Think of each job as a stepping stone to building the longer-term vision of your career, as Fisher explains. The things you learn from each one add value.

“In every job you have, you acquire new skills, you build new relationships, you extend your network, you learn about new industries,” he says. “If you’re looking to make a change, it’s thinking about a kind of bigger picture.”

But at what point do you know if you are in a temporary routine or if you should reassess your career path? Fisher breaks down the telltale signs it’s time to leave your current role.

You’re not feeling challenged

Feeling like you can do your job in your sleep isn’t always a good thing.

“If you feel like there aren’t enough opportunities at the company to learn, that may be a sign that it’s not setting you up for the long term,” Fisher says. “Maybe it’s comfortable, but if you’re still really looking to grow your career, I think that is a flag.”

Oftentimes, however, Fisher says there can be an opportunity to modify your job description by going to your manager with ideas on how to make your position more palatable. She advises taking on a “leader” role and suggesting to your manager that there are “some opportunities I see to make this job more effective.”

If you enjoy the company and people but you’re just not feeling challenged in your specific role, Fisher encourages looking for opportunities internally before searching elsewhere.

“It’s about the people you work with, it’s about the jobs you’re doing and the growth opportunities,” she says. “If those growth opportunities don’t exist in your current role, seek to understand if you could find something internally before choosing another company.”

You dread going to work most days

Sure, the “Sunday scaries” are a real thing, but Fisher warns that this feeling shouldn’t last more than one day a week.

She recommends asking yourself things like “Am I stressed out or burned out?” and “Is the workplace toxic?” to pinpoint why you might be feeling this way.

Keep in mind that your feelings may be situational, especially if your stress levels are higher due to a busy time of year (think: tax season for an accountant).

Start by taking some time off to recharge your batteries. Make sure you

Read More

National Healthcareer Association Launches New Career Center Featuring an Enhanced NHA Job Board

Powered by YM Careers

Leawood, KS, April 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RELEASE DATE: 04/24/23

Leawood, KS — The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) today announced the launch of The NHA Career Center, connecting industry professionals across all Allied Health professions and career stages with employers offering career opportunities.

“The National Healthcareer Association is a world-class organization whose members are an integral part of the country’s healthcare industry,” said Tristan Jordan, SVP and General Manager, YM Careers. “The NHA Career Center featuring an all-new and allied health-specific Job Board is an innovative gateway that matches the right employers with the right healthcare professional talent to help keep healthcare companies well-staffed and healthcare professionals’ careers moving along a professional path that met their goals.”

The NHA Job Board is powered by YM Careers, the leading provider of job websites and career centers for organizations that serve specialized members. “Providing our members with opportunities for professional development and career growth is core to our mission to help fill the allied health skills gap currently happening in the healthcare industry,” said Steve Foxhall, Sr. Director of Product Management, NHA. “Our members are highly appealing to employers because they’ve demonstrated a commitment to the highest levels of integrity and training by earning an NHA certification. The goal of the NHA Career Center is to ensure our website serves members by providing a clear connection with healthcare organizations that value and seek the skills, expertise, certifications and training they have to offer.” In addition to serving as a robust source of up to thousands of healthcare job opportunities, the NHA Job Board will be set apart by a number of benefits it offers to healthcare professionals and employers, including:

  • The ability for healthcare professionals to post anonymous resumes, allowing them to be recruited while remaining in complete control over which employers view their complete information.

  • The ability for job seekers and employers to gain exposure throughout YM Careers’ network of nearly 2,500 niche Career Centers.

  • The ability for healthcare professionals to be alerted every time a new job becomes available that matches their personal goals and interests.

  • A variety of options for employers to expose jobs to passive job-seeking healthcare professionals who do not visit job boards, including Job Flash emails to NHA’s registered job seekers.

  • Integration of career resources, training and other benefits offered by the National Healthcareer Association to members.

  • Integration of job content into social media channels to engage healthcare professionals and provide valuable job exposure to NHA’s audiences and relevant users of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social channels.
    Extensive employment brand advertising opportunities for employers.

For more information, please visit the NHA Job Board: https://jobs.nhanow.com/

About the National Healthcareer Association

The NHA is building the next generation of allied health professionals. Since 1989, we have helped over 1 million people access a better future in healthcare. From learning solutions to certification and career development, we partner with individuals, educators and employers to elevate the learning experience, ensure practice and

Read More

How to Land a Cleared Job

The job market today for cleared candidates is hot. But that doesn’t mean new positions are falling out of trees. The path to a cleared job isn’t always as straightforward as simply clicking apply and then finding the perfect career fit. Even in a candidate’s market, a bit of effort into your cleared career can go a long way in ensuring your career path stays competitive, and you don’t just coast.

1. Create a free profile on ClearanceJobs.

If you build it, they will come. Truly. There is much to be said for the passive job market, and while many recruiters are aggressively pursuing candidates based on public facing social media profiles, I still think there is something to be said for having an up-to-date resume and a current career profile. Even if you’re like most candidates and not actively searching for an opportunity, it’s always good to be open to options. The benefit of ClearanceJobs is that it’s also easier than ever to indicate interest – a new feature on ClearanceJobs called Expressed Interest allows you to give a company or opportunity a wave with a simple click.

Register for this week’s in-person career networking event!

2. Actively Network.

Many events shifted to virtual formats during the pandemic. But the pendulum is shifting back toward in-person opportunities, which remain a great way to practice your interviewing and networking skills. Even if you’re not looking to launch into a new cleared job, in-person events, associations, and professional networking engagements allow you to grow your network – which will always help with your career growth.

The job market is always shifting. Even when an era when we find there are more openings than candidates to fill them, that doesn’t mean there isn’t effort in keeping your career on track, growing, and advancing into the right opportunity. A bit of proactive career management – ​​both virtual and in-person – is a good investment to make.

Read More

Free Online Certificate Courses to Advance Your Career | On Careers

It’s always prudent to boost key professional skills that can make you more employable in the current job market. Finding free ways to obtain training and certifications should be at the top of your list.

You’ll find training below that will prepare you for what today’s employers are looking for according to LinkedIn’s 2023 Most In-Demand Skills List, as well as some basic professional competencies that will make you a stronger candidate for any job.

  • Group Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership (Alison).
  • Business Analytics Specialization (Coursera).
  • Essentials of Research Methodology (Alison)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Marketing (Google).
  • Financial Markets (Coursera).
  • Machine Learning Specialization (Coursera).
  • Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History (Coursera).
  • Develop Your Emotional Intelligence (Alison).
  • Learn What Content Marketing Is and How to Do It (HubSpot).
  • Customer Services Course (Oxford Home Study Centre).
  • Brand Management: Aligning Business, Brand and Behavior (Coursera).

Group Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership (Alison)

Alison offers a free online certification course that covers three of LinkedIn’s 2023 Most In-Demand Skills in a single training. The three-module course – called Group Communication, Teamwork, and Leadership – takes students through 13 topics over three to four hours. After completing the course, learners will have a much clearer sense of how to prepare for business meetings and successfully facilitate them, while gaining insight into teamwork and leadership styles.

Learned Skills: Understanding group communication, leadership styles and team problem-solving in the workplace.

Business Analytics Specialization (Coursera)

Even if you have no prior analytics experience, this free certification course called Business Analytics Specialization from Coursera will help you understand big data analytics and how data analysts “describe, predict, and inform business decisions in the specific areas of marketing, human resources, finance , and operations.” Like all of Coursera’s specialization courses, you must complete a hands-on project to earn your certificate.

Learned Skills: Understanding business analytics and how to make data-driven business decisions.

Essentials of Research Methodology (Alison)

Research skills are essential in today’s job market, and this free online certification course from Alison, Essentials of Research Methodology, covers all the basics in 1.5 to 3 hours of learning. By the end of the course, you’ll know how to formulate a research problem, design proper research methods, select samples and write a research proposal that will meet the standards for publication.

Learned Skills: Understand best practices to conduct and compile research.

Fundamentals of Digital Marketing (Google)

Google Digital Garage offers a number of free online career courses, and its course on Fundamentals of Digital Marketing includes a certification. You’ll find 26 modules of self-paced video tutorials in this training program – all created by Google trainers – that will take you an estimated 40 hours to complete. By the end of the course, you’ll have a basic understanding of digital marketing principals to help boost your own business or amplify your career. The program is accredited by the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe and The Open University.

Learned Skills: Understanding digital marketing skills.

Financial Markets (Coursera)

Offered by Yale and available as

Read More