Level Up


Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

To remain competitive in a changing economy, workers are turning to universities and training programs to level up their skills. The Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (2017) pointed out that by 2020, the U.S. economy is projected to have 55 million job openings, 65 percent of which will require a postsecondary education. Of course, college degrees and other programs must be designed to meet the changing needs of our businesses, economy, and society.

These guides offer multiple academic and credentialing pathways to prepare for the in-demand careers of the future. They accommodate professionals of varying education levels, experience, and economic backgrounds, paying thought to online education and affordable, flexible alternatives.

Degree Programs

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Financial Engineering

As the name suggests, financial engineering makes use of mathematical techniques and principles to solve problems in the world of finance. It combines principles from different fields such as computer science, economics, statistics, and applied math, to develop financial products and also analyze financial problems.

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Financial Analysis

If money makes the world go round, then financial analysis keeps that money moving. Financial analysts examine the details of a business’s financial performance and assess investment opportunities that may improve it.

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence is the new electricity. Data is the new oil. You would be forgiven for thinking these statements were hyperbolic, but they’re not as far off as they might first appear. The applications of AI-powered analytics reach across practically every sector. Over a third of organizations have already deployed AI-based processes, and analysts forecast global spending on AI to more than double in the next three years, to $79 billion.

Skill-Building Guides

Leveling Up: How to Build Home Health Aide Skills

For people who want a rewarding, high-growth career in healthcare but don’t yet have the time or money for a nursing education, becoming a home health aide may be an excellent choice. Read on to learn how to level up and build home health aide skills.

Leveling Up: How to Build Operations Research Skills

Operations research analysts use advanced techniques to solve high-level operations and supply chain problems. They use optimization, statistical analysis, data mining, and mathematical modeling. In the business world, operations research analysts ensure that organizations and businesses operate as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. Capable operations research professionals devise advanced solutions to complex problems.

Leveling Up: How to Build Massage Therapy Skills

Since massage therapy skills are desired worldwide, massage therapists can choose to work in a diverse range of exciting domestic and international locations as employed professionals in day spa clinics, health and wellness centers, and more.

Work from home


Are you a current or aspiring telecommuter? Want to work without borders?

The internet has liberated many traditional careers from the confines of the cubicle. Global Workplace Analytics (2017) found that 40 percent more U.S. employers provide flexible working arrangements than they did five years ago, and the number of workers who regularly telecommute exploded 115 percent over the past decade. Drawing on research from over 4,000 reports, GWA concluded that having the option to work remotely can improve employee satisfaction, reduce attrition and unscheduled absences, enhance productivity, save employers and employees money, create fresh employment opportunities, strengthen worker autonomy, improve performance measurements, reduce workplace discrimination, decrease traffic, and benefit the environment.

These resources for “open-collar” professionals examine the best places to work remotely; the growing WFH careers; companies with options to telecommute; and how to secure more flexible working arrangements with existing employers.

Wfh Career Guides

Work From Home in Florida (FL): A Guide to Telecommuting in the Sunshine State

According to LinkedIn, there are over 25,000 current work-from-home job postings in Florida. So the question isn’t whether there are remote work opportunities in Florida, it’s which one to pursue.

Entertainment: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Entertainment jobs are already heavily computer-based and employers are becoming more flexible in transforming these roles into work from home positions. Talented professionals in video, writing, design, marketing, and sales can support the entertainment industry through content creation, sales, and strategy without ever having to set foot in an office. Working from home saves both employers and employees money and can contribute to a better sense of work life balance.

Affiliate Marketing: A Guide to a Work From Home Career

These days, many pursuing work-from-home (WFH) careers choose affiliate marketing, an online business model whose popularity has skyrocketed since Amazon invented the world’s first affiliate program in 1996. What’s driven affiliate marketing (AM) to such prominence in only 23 years has been the opportunity to earn passive income: regular earnings requiring little or no effort.


How to Start a Telecommuting Group in Your Community

In the evolving nature of work, remote work tribes can be seen as a necessary disruption: a loose collectivization of workers who are connected by the context in which they perform their duties, as opposed to by what duties they perform.

Best Apps and Tools for Digital Nomads

While other people might debate that third pair of shoes or a hardcover book, digital nomads are more likely to spend those final moments before takeoff optimizing their tech suite—calibrating it for the most power, least clutter, and lightest load.

The Environmental Impact of Telecommuters

Americans are increasingly interested in sustainability. The Arctic ice shelf is melting faster than expected—with some scientists predicting it could be gone by 2040—and unusual rain, heat, and temperature patterns are clear and present signs of the changing environment. Many of us can lessen our carbon footprint by working from home.

Become The boss


Are you a budding entrepreneur?

Business owners are integral to the growth of the U.S. economy, and ventures in some industries are more likely to succeed than others. The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that healthcare and social assistance establishments have the highest survival rates, while construction companies don’t fare as well. Additionally, the Kauffman Foundation detailed three major trends shaping new business creation: 1) Entrepreneurs are 80.2 percent white and 64.5 percent male, demographics which are not reflective of the population; 2) It’s becoming more of an urban phenomenon, transcending traditional hubs such as the Silicon Valley; and 3) High earnings do not necessarily translate into more jobs, as emergent technologies allow companies to scale revenue without hiring more people. Despite these trends, fifty-seven percent of Americans believe there are great opportunities around them to become an entrepreneur.

Check out these resources for prospective business owners, including guides on MBA alternatives; how to pitch companies to investors; the hottest American towns for new companies; and degree programs for entrepreneurs.


Awesome Towns for Entrepreneurs: A Spotlight on Bozeman, MT

Bozeman appeared on the business map in a big way in 2011, when RightNow Technologies, a local company with 1,100 employees, was acquired by Oracle for $1.5 billion. What followed was a new class of Bozeman entrepreneurs, bolstered by a new startup incubator and national recognition.

Awesome Towns for Entrepreneurs: A Spotlight on Athens, GA

With a small-town feel and plenty of heart, “the Classic City” is rooted in history while providing a thrilling place for new businesses to flourish. Ranked sixth in the nation for most jobs added (USA Today), Athens saw an increase of 4,632 jobs in 2017 alone.

Awesome U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on Boise, ID

In spite of its fame in tech circles, Idaho still has a national perception among some as nothing but a collection of remote, isolated frontier towns. But recent demographic information, especially Boise’s explosive growth, may tell a different story.


Negotiating For a Raise: Tips & Scripts From a Pro

For some, the thought of asking for a raise can produce levels of fear usually reserved for public speaking. Women, minorities, and younger professionals who have just earned their degrees may feel reticent to broach the subject, given the unconscious and conscious biases they are likely to face at the negotiation table.

One-Stop-Shop Guide to the Gig Economy

The side hustle. The odd job. The gig. However you choose to identify it, freelance work has been a cornerstone of content-generating industries like entertainment, design, and copywriting for decades. A gig is a temporary position with a predetermined window of activity and expectations for which a freelance worker is paid. In some cases, it’s project-based work that continues until the client’s need is met, in either a full-time or part-time capacity.

A DIY Syllabus for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

In 2017, Worth Magazine named Steve Blank to the publication’s list of “The 25 Most Important Entrepreneurs of the Past 25 Years.” After dropping out of the University of Michigan and serving in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam, Blank went on to manage eight successful Silicon Valley startups as a senior executive or founder.

Be Outdoors


“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” (John Muir, Our National Parks)

Are you an outdoors enthusiast seeking liberation from your cubicle walls?

The health benefits of being out in nature are well-documented. New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation summarized the advantages of spending time in forests, which included boosting one’s immune system; lowering blood pressure; decreasing stress; enhancing mood; increasing one’s focus; heightening one’s energy level; improving sleep; and even augmenting creativity.

Explore career and education guides for high-growth careers in nature.

working parents


Are you a working parent overwhelmed with your career and family responsibilities?

With the rising costs of healthcare, education, and other basic needs, having a dual-income household is mandatory for most modern families. The Pew Research Center found that in 1970, only 31 percent of families with children had both parents working full-time. These days, nearly half of U.S. families are headed by two full-time workers. Fifty-six percent of working parents reported that striking a balance between their professional and family lives was difficult. Furthermore, the United States is the only industrialized nation without paid parental leave for new mothers and fathers, and the cost of child-care for two children exceeds the median rent in all 50 states. As PhD graduate Jen King described being a working parent in her UC Berkeley commencement speech: “It’s not just about leaning in, and leaning in, and leaning in, until you fall on your face...It requires restructuring the entire workplace, to allow for a range of opportunities for participation, for women and men, for birth parents and co-parents.”

Learn about various family-friendly careers; ways to advocate for more flexible work arrangements; and how to overcome the self-doubt, stress, guilt, and fatigue of being a working parent.

Five Companies with Cutting-Edge Support for Working Parents

The Department of Labor reports that 63 percent of families have both parents in the workforce. Not surprisingly, striking a balance between work and family life can be hard. However, there are some employers who are making it a priority to support their parent employees.

Guide to Affordable Summer Camps During COVID-19

For most American children, summer marks a reprieve from books and tests. However, for many working parents, it epitomizes the widespread shortage of affordable childcare. There are a lot of local, private, and donor-funded programs designed to help families send their kids to day schools and summer camps at little to no cost.

Online Education Syllabus & Resources for Kids During COVID-19

Through the uncertainty of school closures in the COVID-19 era, many parents like myself are struggling with their new role as teacher. With school closures likely to continue through the summer, parents and teachers worry that children will fall behind academically.

Guide to Affordable Summer Daycare

As our work-life balance continues to evolve and parents opt for careers that embrace family life and flexibility, childcare options are becoming more and more focused and specific, keeping kids busy with activities they love that are geared towards summer play.

Guide to Awesome Careers for Parents

The era of single-earner families is waning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two-thirds of married-couple families with children under 18 are dual-income homes, and if numbers over the last decade are any indication, the trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon.

How France and Other Countries Support Parents Who Work

The U.S. lags behind other countries in supporting parents who work. This is true not just in terms of equitable pay for women, but also for paid maternity and paternity leave, family benefits (e.g., flexible scheduling, on-site daycare), and other assistance for workers raising families.



BustedCubicle.com explores the disruption of traditional work environments through interviews, cross-cultural studies, and in-depth features.

The Telecommunity: Interview with Nora Dunn on the Next Wave of Remote Workers

In 2006, Nora Dunn was a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) working in Toronto, helping people engineer their finances to attain the life that they wanted. But in doing so, she’d put her own lifelong dream on the backburner: a dream to travel the world not just as a vacation, but in a way that would allow her to truly crack the code of the places she visited.

The Telecommunity: Interview with Nomad Summit Founder on Building Community

Johnny FD, born Johnny Jen, is a location-independent entrepreneur who’s been traveling the world since 2008 when the term digital nomad hardly existed. But through persistence, self-documentation, and community-building, Johnny blazed a trail for countless others who would eventually call themselves digital nomads.

Stretching From Home: 12 Yoga Poses for Office Workers With Back Pain

While people first come to yoga for a variety of reasons, the results speak for themselves: yoga is an effective practice to manage chronic pain, increase strength and flexibility, promote inner calm, and reduce anxiety all of which can lead to enhanced productivity. Here are twelve yoga postures to practice at home for office workers with back pain.



Want to get involved in causes beyond your cubicle?

These informative pamphlets and petitions can help you shape beneficial policies regarding family leave, worker training, achieving a better work-life balance, engaging communities, and enacting other measures to promote a healthy labor force and society.