Grads of Life Blog

Category: Skills Gap

Employers Are Overlooking Non-Traditional Candidates And It’s Costing Them

Employers – how many times have you turned down a young candidate due to their lack of “traditional” qualifications? If your answer is frequently, you’re probably missing out on your next top performer. The job market has shifted. Twenty years ago someone’s GPA, the university they matriculated from, and the number of years they worked […]

Why We Must Work Together To Close The Great Cyber Divide

“I work to feed my family, I volunteer to feed my soul” ~ author unknown Our 2nd Annual National Conference of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) came to its climatic finish last Thursday night with a ceremony awarding scholarships and certification vouchers totaling over $100K (a big thanks again to the generosity of […] Read More

The Looming Cybersecurity Crisis And Why Opportunity Youth Are The Solution

Cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure and the theft of millions of records containing personally identifiable information have indicated that there are serious vulnerabilities in United States’ national cybersecurity approach.  Cybersecurity encompasses the actions taken to protect against criminal access or unauthorized use of electronic data, as well as the measures taken to thwart cyber exploits.  […] Read More

5 Ways To Increase Employee Engagement With Youth Mentoring

According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, employee engagement continues to be a challenge for businesses. In fact, 85% of executives surveyed rated engagement as an important or very important priority for their business.  Corporate leadership understands that an increasingly diverse, multi-generational and virtual workforce requires flexible, creative and purpose-driven employee engagement strategies. […] Read More

How Out-of-School Enrichment Can Close The STEM Talent Gap

I founded Aspera with the vision of revolutionizing the way companies move data. Now, twelve years later, Aspera is part of IBM and is a leader finding new ways to move high volumes of data at maximum speeds. That may not sound like the most glamourous of work, but it is actually quite exhilarating. I […] Read More