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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 Solar Energy & Installation

Solar energy has math on its side: the cost of solar energy drops by approximately 22 percent for every doubling of cumulative capacity. As a result, there’s been an increase in demand for solar energy and installation experts, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs in this field will more than double between 2016 and 2026.

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Information Security

According to a study sponsored by IBM Security, the average data breach costs a U.S. company $7.9 million and takes 196 days to detect. With numbers like that, it's clear why the jobs for information security analysts is expected to grow by 28 percent between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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.

Skill-Building Guides

Degrees Without Borders: Online Programs in Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling is a unique medical specialty that combines the disciplinary fields of clinical healthcare, education, and psychology. Genetic counselors provide support beyond the borders of traditional medicine to individuals and families facing the risk of genetic and inherited health conditions and diagnoses.

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.

Leveling Up: How to Build Math Skills

From discovering the theory of everything, to teaching first graders how to add and subtract, the career possibilities for those who love math are as expansive as the universe. And in the era of tech and remote work, math skills can also be the key to transitioning from nine-to-five work into more time- and location-flexible employment.

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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

Writing and Editing: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Check out five work-from-home careers in writing and editing, including technical writing, proofreading, and copy editing.

Finance: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Industries that were once office-locked boast a growing number of remote work opportunities in a wide array of occupations. The work from home revolution is changing what it means to work for yourself, at your own pace, and according to your skills.

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.

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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

Awesome Towns for Entrepreneurs: A Spotlight on Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids continues to grow its reputation as a city that supports and encourages business ventures with ideas and infrastructure, including a variety of incubators, networking groups, angel investors, and easy access to interstates and railroads.

Best Franchises for Environmentally Conscious Business Owners

Recently, entrepreneurs have extended the franchise model to a broad range of eco-friendly businesses such as those which appear in the following profiles. The trend that’s driven these business concepts has been growing demand for eco-friendly products and services.

Awesome Towns for Entrepreneurs: A Spotlight on Iowa City, IA

Investment from the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce and the Iowa Economic Development Authority have led to robust partnerships within the community that support and reward entrepreneurial innovation. As a result, recent startups in edtech, medtech, and agritech have won national acclaim, but still kept their roots and hearts in Iowa City.

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The Rise of Coworking Spaces

Coworking spaces are membership-based offices where groups of professionals work in a shared communal environment—and they have boomed over the last decade. There were nearly 15,000 coworking spaces around the world in 2017 and that number is expected to double by 2022.

Awesome Towns for Entrepreneurs: A Spotlight on Tulsa, OK

Today, the Tulsa area is considered to be strong economically as well as culturally. It houses the national headquarters for the Williams Company and the QuikTrip convenience store chain and is the home of the largest maintenance facility for American Airlines—the city’s largest employer.

Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs: Trust Wisdom, Verify Sources

If anybody could use a little inspiration to help them feel motivated, entrepreneurs could. The emotional roller coaster entrepreneurs hop on often feels like Ferrari World’s Formula Rossa—at a blazing 150 MPH, the world’s fastest thrill ride.

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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 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.

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.

A Telecommuter's Guide to the Galaxy: Ukraine

Politics may make the international headlines, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting they exist once entering Ukraine. Modern cafes, exotic restaurants, and a thriving expat culture could have you drawing comparisons to Krakow, Prague, and Berlin.

A Telecommuter's Guide to the Galaxy: Bali

Bali may well be the world capital for telecommuters now. It’s easy to understand why: when you can do your job from anywhere, why not pick an island paradise?

Work/Life: What Makes a Job Meaningful and Why It's Important

Welcome to our new series, Work/Life, which aims to shine a light on the psychology of work and its influence on the workplace and the future of work. Nine out of ten employees are willing to earn less for greater meaning at work—but what makes a job meaningful? And how can we create more meaningful jobs?

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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.