STEM skills gap: Now is the time to act

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The demand for professionals with STEM backgrounds – meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is steadily rising. Currently, there are 1.4 vacant STEM jobs for every qualified STEM job-seeker. If this rate persists, by 2018 there will be a projected 1.7 million STEM jobs without qualified applicants to fill them.

Filling this skills gap presents an education challenge for the American job market. A recent article cites that “In 2013, there were 5.7 million total postings in STEM fields. Of those, 76%, or 4.4 million, require at least a bachelor’s degree, and 41%, or 2.3 million, are entry-level jobs requiring less than 2 years of experience.” To that point, only 28% of undergraduate students presently partake in STEM courses in college – even with an abundance of available jobs on the rise in these areas.

Yet, the STEM gap doesn’t begin in college; the fact remains that by the time job-seekers are in college or post-college, it’s too late to develop the necessary background to support open STEM job functions. As such, another route must be taken to fill the growing STEM gap – and it must begin early in the academic journey. To truly impact the STEM gap, students and educators alike must begin looking at earlier education for the foundation of a solid STEM background.

So, we have a solution. But does the majority of the American public know that this serious issue even exists? Does the public know that American children’s proficiencies in math and science are shrinking? And that only 18% percent of all college engineering majors are female?

If the answer to these questions is no, then how do we get the American public on board with early STEM education? The short answer is to educate our public on the STEM skills gap issue and what the crisis means for our future.
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Five rockstars of the job market

151329130test2014 has shown signs of particular growth – all of which results of key factors, including shifts in the economy and significant current events.

The job market continues to hold strong in a few key industries: healthcare, finance, computer systems and information, and employment services. Although this list isn’t exhaustive, these industries will continue to play a big role in the 2014 job market and the future of the job market altogether. Many positions in these industries require new support roles or other professions that are attainable through a certification process; job seekers should approach large industries with an open mind and consider breaking into new industries through a surplus of emerging support roles.
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Announcing the winner of our 2014 Future Engineers Scholarship

Future Engineer Scholarship Winner_Chandler BurkeAs part of our dedication to closing the STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) skills gap by promoting and supporting STEM education, we at Adecco Engineering & Technology award our Future Engineers Scholarship to a promising engineering student each year. We are happy to announce that our 2014 winner has been selected.

Chandler Burke is a rising sophomore and engineering student at Rice University where he also plays trumpet in the MOB, the Rice Owl Marching Band. He plans to specialize in electrical or biomedical engineering and currently holds an impressive 4.0 GPA. An Eagle Scout, Burke is also a member of the Rice Owls Photonics Society, Engineering Leadership and Robotics Team.

This summer, he plans to participate in a Quantitative and Physical Sciences Research Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern. One of his many achievements includes earning the 2013 President’s Environmental Youth Award.

After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, Burke plans to pursue his Masters and Ph.D. with an emphasis in Neuro-Engineering, the emerging discipline that uses electrical engineering techniques to study the human brain. His ultimate career goal is to become a research scientist. As of now, he plans to use engineering techniques to study the human brain to both learn more and, potentially, help alleviate those with neuro-degenerative diseases.
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The basics of SEO & how to apply it to your marketing strategy

ipad handSearch engine optimization, or SEO for short, is the science of optimizing websites and pages to improve their visibility in search engines and receive what is called in the industry as organic traffic. Whether it’s Google, Yahoo, Bing, or any other search engine, the same basic principles, concepts, and rules apply.

SEO is a complex and sometimes confusing topic, especially when you consider that search engines change and improve their search algorithms rather frequently. Keep in mind that great search engine optimization does not necessarily equal a more profitable or successful business. In fact, it is not uncommon to see companies invest time and money in a stronger presence on social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest rather than search engines. Nonetheless, SEO should be an integral part of your marketing plan.

So, what are the SEO basics?

If you are on the other side of the spectrum and are instead looking for a position as a SEO specialist, we have you covered.

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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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