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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 Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has found repeatedly that a growing share of future U.S. professions will require a postsecondary degree. 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 Intelligence Analysis & Studies

While intelligence analysts can enter this career from many different paths, most complete a program in intelligence analysis and studies. Many of these programs are offered in online formats, allowing busy professionals the chance to balance their careers, family, and education without having to relocate or even attend classes at a set time.

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Entrepreneurship

Online degree programs in entrepreneurship allow professionals to complete their studies while still working, raising a family, or starting their own business. There are several different degrees students can earn, including a bachelor’s or a master’s. For students who do not have the time to dedicate to a degree program, there are certificate programs or online boot camps that can provide targeted education in a shortened format.

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Small Business Management

One exciting aspect of small business management is that anyone at any level of education can gain the training they need to successfully start and manage a small business. There are programs for those who never graduated high school up through those who are seeking academic degrees in the upper echelons of academic attainment.

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

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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 (2021) found that allowing people to work from home provides compelling benefits for both employees and employers. A typical employer can save $11,000 annually if they allow an employee to work remotely two to three days per week. And 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

Protecting the Environment: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Telecommuters can save more than just time and money. They can have a positive impact on the Earth, too. Read on to discover three ways remote workers can reduce their carbon footprint as well as ten remote jobs that can help protect the environment.

Work From Home in Texas (TX): A Guide to Telecommuting in the Lone Star State

Telecommuters looking to cash in on everything that Texas has to offer will find that there are many industries in which to find employment. Learn about the industries and examples of companies offering remote working opportunities in the Lone Star State.

Immediate Hire Work From Home Jobs - A Guide to Telecommuting Openings

These jobs aren’t just for filling the employment gap during the pandemic. They can also be used as work-from-home starter jobs, where one can gain experience working from home while also building skills for higher-paying gigs down the road.

Resources

How to Make Cannabis Oil - Interview with an Entrepreneur & Chef

In 440 BC, the Greeks wrote about the delight they experienced when cannabis flowers were thrown on hot stones; today, more and more Americans are able to experience the same. Now legal for either medicinal or recreational use in a majority of states, cannabis has graduated from the dorm room and moved into the suburban kitchen.

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.

Become The boss

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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 still predominently white and male, demographics that 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.

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.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP GUIDES

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.

Resources

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

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“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.

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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.

Tips for Working From Home With Kids: A Parents' Guide

Working from home can seem like a dream come true. Standard work attire can include pajamas, there is no more commuting, and lunch and snacks are only as far away as the kitchen. However, this dream can quickly become a nightmare for working parents who have to juggle kids at home.

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.

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.

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.

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

What Will Remain of the Pandemic Work-From-Home Culture?

As the pandemic recedes, working from home won’t be seen as a contingency plan, nor as a mandate, but instead as one of several options. The concept of work itself won’t be tethered to any specific place.

The Work-Life Balance of Other Cultures: What Americans Can Learn

Americans who wish to transform work into a place that exists in harmony with life can learn a lot from five cultures who are staying small, honoring life over work, providing flexibility around time, taking care of new mothers, and shortening the workweek.

The Telecommunity: Interview with Job van der Voort on the Future of Remote Work

Job van der Voort is the CEO and co-founder of Remote, which helps companies of all sizes hire workers from anywhere. His journey into the remote workspace began when he served as the VP of Product for GitLab, one of the largest fully-remote companies in the world.

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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.