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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 Behavioral Finance

A blend of psychology and business, behavioral finance has major applications in marketing, management, and policy. It also has an important intersection with sustainability: why do consumers choose one product over another, and how can they be best motivated to choose the more sustainable option?

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Design Engineering

Design engineering is almost as broad as engineering itself, with applications in aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, environmental engineering, and more. Their work has never been more important: increasingly, design engineers are being called upon to introduce ideas of sustainability and product lifecycle into engineering processes.

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.

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 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.

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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

Writing and Editing: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Careers in writing and editing have historically been ones you could do from home, but with the need for social media marketing, proofreading, and copywriting constantly growing in our tech-centric world, the demand for capable self-starters with writing and editing experience is on the rise.

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.

Resources

Best International Cities for Telecommuters: How to Work Remotely From Abroad (2022)

Working remotely from abroad is an enlivening and mind-widening experience. It can often be a financially beneficial one, too. But it’s not easy. You will find your biases challenged, your patience tested, and your ego reduced. The first move is the most difficult: how do you pick a foreign city to work from, and how do you prepare yourself?

Top 25 Ethical Companies Hiring Remote Workers Now (2021-2022)

The companies listed here are adapting to the desire for digital flexibility by hiring remote workers. Notably, they’re also trying to build a just, meaningful, and ecologically regenerative world that works for everyone. For those coming out of the pandemic wishing to work for ethical companies, the following list of 50 companies is hiring distance-based workers.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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 Programming

For some programmers, the inevitability of automation can be worrisome—and perhaps not unjustifiably. Machine learning is rapidly improving to the point where machines outperform humans on routine, repetitive tasks such as coding.

Fair Trade Month - The Ethics of Global Production Systems

One of the main ways that the Fair Trade Federation advocates for fair trade is through its membership program. Businesses that become members have essentially pledged their commitment to fair trade practices in word and deed.

Employee Ownership Month: An Advocacy Guide on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

ESOPs result in motivated and engaged employees who are driven to work hard because they are rewarded if the stock rises and they lose out when the stock falls. This type of incentive can encourage employees to problem-solve and work on efficiencies in order to push the company’s success and profits forward.

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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.