STEM & vocational skills gaps: The importance of early education

techwomanThe availability of workers with expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or what we commonly refer to as STEM skills, is in decline. The demand, on the other hand, is increasing rapidly. In fact, according to this Business Insider article, a little over 9 million baby-boomers have retired over the past six years, and one-fifth of baby-boomers will retire in the coming years, making this quite an alarming trend.

The jobs exist, but often they cannot be filled because of a lack of STEM or other vocational skills in the emerging workforce. These skills gaps can have very harmful effects on the job market and global economy. All is not lost though, and the future seems rather optimistic.

How can we help fill those gaps and get the next generation of workers involved and interested in STEM-related careers?
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Staffing a Tech-Savvy Team for Tax Season

When it comes to tax season, compliance and technology are two of the hottest buzz words. Government mandates such as the Hiring temp labor during tax season can save you moneyDodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 have shortened the financial reporting timelines while increasing scrutiny of reports. Originally 60 days long, reporting timelines have been cut down to just 45 days – which means more stress on your tax professionals and more room for errors.

Now more than ever, companies are investing in experienced tax experts and efficient, user-friendly technology to stay compliant with growing regulations. But that’s just the beginning. Companies are no longer relying on their IT departments to install these technologies – they want tech-savvy tax experts who can offer insight into what’s happening on both sides of the tax desk.
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Advantages of outsourcing & consulting for project management

Special projects can solve big problems and be very rewarding, but often lead to unforeseen costs and big headaches. The key to avoiding complications is to ensure that you’re starting off every project with the best possible chance of not only succeeding, but also moving forward smoothly and on time. If your team’s workflow is too overburdened to tackle the planning phase, or really any phase, consider working with an outside vendor with the time and resources to do the project correctly.

Best practices for project management outsourcing and consulting

Projects often start off with a vague goal and a fuzzy plan of action – a problem that can grow into a monster over the course of its deployment.  Make sure to check the following tasks off your list before moving forward:
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STEM skills essential to driving innovation

An analysis of each state was recently conducted by Bloomberg Rankings on the focus of several innovation factors, including: the number of STEM workers, research-and-development spending, the percentage of public tech companies, and patent approvals. Based on those and other factors, Washington was named the most innovative state in America.

Check out this infographic and learn why Washington is currently ranked as the most innovative state in America!
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Top Reasons IT Projects Fail

STEM skills worker in the fieldManaging an IT project and seeing it through to completion usually requires more than simply monitoring a team and motivating employees. After all, Project Manager is a very broad job title. Even though the shortage of resources is one of the many reasons IT projects fail, it goes deeper than that.

According to Virginia Tech, most IT projects will go through five stages:

  1. initiation
  2. planning
  3. executing
  4. monitoring
  5. closing

This is often referred to as the project’s life cycle. But why exactly do IT projects fail? And what can project managers do to reduce the failure rate?
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IT skills training: Tips and tricks

Mortgage and banking jobsWith technology changing at an unprecedented pace, IT jobs are hot these days.

Yet for job seekers pursuing in-demand roles such as those highlighted in this infographic from K Alliance, the challenge is often acquiring the skills necessary to do the job, as well as keeping those skills up-to-date.

There’s been considerable focus on the IT skills gap in recent weeks, particularly in the wake of President Obama’s State of the Union speech during which he called for an across-the-board review of federal employment and training programs to help ensure people ready to work have the skills for high-demand jobs.

While the President laid out an ambitious agenda, the reality is that those seeking to develop and enhance marketable IT skills need to devise and execute their own training program. Here are three ways to make it happen:
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