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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 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 Medical Assisting

Online learning platforms, distance-learning opportunities at universities, and do-it-yourself professional development sessions are all available to aspiring medical assistants. Geography and time are hardly the barriers they once were.

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Software Development

The job market for software developers is expected to grow 31 percent between 2016 and 2026, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation. It’s also one of the highest paying. Most software developers begin work with just a simple bachelor's degree. And, conveniently, there are a wealth of resources for prospective software developers—boot camps, certificate programs, and collegiate and graduate-level degrees—many of which are offered online, and some even available for free.

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Applied Statistics

Within the statistician field, several career and educational paths have evolved that focus especially on working with Big Data. Some are in the area of data science, which generally deals with making sense of available information; and others focus on statistical analysis, which can involve creating the frameworks and parameters for effective qualitative and quantitative research, a field generally referred to as applied statistics.

Skill-Building Guides

Leveling Up: How to Build Bicycle Repair Skills

America’s love of bicycles keeps wheeling forward. We spend more than six billion dollars on bicycles every year, and the number of Americans riding bicycles has risen to 47.5 million.

Leveling Up: How to Build Artificial Intelligence Skills

Artificial intelligence is not just sci-fi anymore. It is big business—one with billions of dollars in global funding. And despite what dystopian fiction might have you believe, AI is expected to create more jobs than it eliminates.

Leveling Up: How to Build Business Leadership Skills

True leadership includes employees of all levels who support the growth of their colleagues and company, from department heads who oversee teams to project managers who are ensuring the success of a project. Business leaders tend to be those who know the people, the processes, and the overall culture of a company best, which is why many companies invest in and value them.

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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 (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

Creativity and the Arts: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Whether at home in pajamas or basking in the sun beachside, professionals around the world are leveraging the power of the internet and communication technology to complete work outside of the office. According to Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), open-collar work—work where the person telecommuting is not self-employed—has more than doubled since 2005.

Nonprofits and Philanthropy: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

How can you take advantage of the telecommuting trend, yet still have a real and meaningful impact on the world? Here are five careers in philanthropy ripe for home-based workers.

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.

Resources

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.

Ikigai: Finding Your Purpose While Working Remotely

Your ikigai is your motivation, your aspiration, your production, and your passion all in one. It is the reason you get out of bed in the morning and the reason you keep going year after year. To find your ikigai, you have to shift between looking abroad and looking within. Consider these four fundamental questions: What do I love? What am I good at? What can I get paid for? What does the world need?

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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 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.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP GUIDES

Which New Businesses Are Most Likely to Succeed?

Starting a new business has always been a risky venture, but what are the common points of failure, and what are the common traits of success? Read on to learn how to set your business up to succeed.

A DIY Guide to Business Fundamentals

Entrepreneurs and the one-third of U.S. adults who work in online marketplaces may find that a slightly different interpretation of "business fundamentals" can help them much more than the traditional presentation taught in the core curriculum at business schools.

Awesome Cities for Entrepreneurs: A Spotlight on St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, FL remains a place where good ideas are encouraged to flourish thanks to a variety of business organizations that take great effort to stimulate growth, invite creativity, and connect different pieces of the business equation to encourage success.

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An Entrepreneur’s Primer on Business Jargon

Entrepreneurship is an exciting way to take control of one’s destiny and bring novel products or processes to customers in need. Just like any professional arena, the world of entrepreneurship comes with its unique language.

On-campus and Online Degrees For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have always been known for their innovation and gumption, but a good idea and a dollop of confidence isn’t the recipe for success it once was. The business world today is so ingrained in technology, finance, and marketing that one needs to be well-educated in several vital areas to carry a concept into a product and business.

Learn to Speak VC: How to Sell a Company to Investors

Startups are by definition untested, which makes them risky investments. To be successful, you have to show potential investors—venture capitalists, angel investors, and any other source of funding--that your idea is worth the risk.

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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.

Summer Camps for Low-Income Families

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.

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.

What Working Parents Really Want

Historically, most American families could subsist on a single income. Those days are long gone as modern parents are forced to juggle their professional and familial responsibilities. According to The Washington Post, decades of falling or stagnant earnings and rising costs make two-paycheck homes a necessity.

Features

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

Industry Disrupted: The Impact of Automation on Journalism

Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing how we do everything, from manufacturing cars to diagnosing disease. While it is relatively easy to envision robots in a factory, do they have a role in more creative fields, like journalism? Yes—to a certain extent. Here’s how.

View From Beyond the Cubicle: Matt Zbrog in Eastern Europe

Situated between Russia, Iran, and Turkey, the Western-leaning country of Georgia could be called the hip part of a rough neighborhood. Beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, wine, and a temperate climate—this was once known as the California of the USSR.

Industry Disrupted: The Impact of Automation on Education

Thanks to advancements in learning technology, institutional collaboration, and smart devices, AI in the classroom is expected to grow by 47.5 percent between 2017 and 2021. It is difficult to predict to what extent AI will affect students’ day-to-day experiences, but based on the technology already at work, experts suggest it could notably improve educational accessibility, equity, and outcomes.

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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.