Grads of Life Blog

Category: Skills Gap

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.  […]

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

How Employers Can Help Bridge The Youth Access Gap

If you ask a hiring manager for job search tips, one word is sure to be at the top of the list: networking. More than 75 percent of jobs are filled through networking, which should come as no surprise. If you have a relationship to an employer, even if it’s second- or third-hand, that employer […] Read More

Work-based Learning: A Talent Solution For Employers And Young Adults

Eric was a 17-year old kid with adult problems. He was about to be a father for the first time, wasn’t working, didn’t have a high school diploma, and had no idea how to afford the child support payments that would soon be rolling in. This was also Eric’s first time looking for work. My […] Read More