Grads of Life Blog

Category: Skills Gap

How JPMorgan Chase Supports Young Men Of Color On Path To College

Navigating the path to college can be overwhelming for youth and their families.  Between researching and narrowing down a list of colleges to apply to, preparing applications, and piecing together financial aid materials, youth can benefit from the support and guidance of mentors throughout the college and career planning process. This is evidenced by the […]

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 […] Read More

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

Three Ways To Close The Gap For Youth In The Middle East And North Africa

In a region that seems constantly in flux, one aspect of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) remains distressingly stable: dramatically high levels of youth unemployment and non-participation in the workforce. Youth unemployment rates are projected to rise globally in 2017, and nowhere are elevated levels of youth unemployment as persistent as in the […] Read More

Advancing Impact Hiring: Getting Further, Faster With Employer-led Pilots

In today’s globally connected economy, the fundamental ability to find the right person for the job remains a key indicator of business success. In September 2016, there were 5.5 million job openings in the United States; however, more than 3 million of those vacancies could not be filled due to a lack of qualified applicants. […] Read More

The Truth About Opportunity In Rural America

As we usher in a new year and a new administration, we must all be mindful that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, regardless of race, gender, income, language, disability, or zip code.  Unfortunately for far too many of this nation’s young people living in rural communities, circumstances of birth remain a barrier to […] Read More