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Black College Graduates Face Job Market Challenges
By: CareerCast.com
College graduates have survived both the recession and ho-hum recovery far better than those without a degree, but black graduates who finished four years of college are suffering from unemployment rates that are painfully high compared with their white counterparts. Among recent graduates ages 22 to 27, the jobless rate for black graduates last year was 12.4 percent versus 4.9 percent for white graduates, said John Schmitt, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. While there has always been a gap between black and white college grads, this 7.5 percentage-point difference was far greater than before ... more
Rethinking Workplace Diversity By Rethinking Educational Diversity
By: CareerCast.com
Search for images of a "professor" on Google and this is what you'll find: a cornucopia of older white men standing authoritatively in front of a chalkboard. This tired cliché has become the target of #ILookLikeaProfessor, a hashtag inviting professors who don't fit the stereotype to show the public that academics are a diverse bunch. The callout has been a hit, particularly among women and people of color who say that they've been mistaken for students, custodians and even takeout delivery drivers. "These are real posts from real people — real professors in diverse fields across the United States — ... more
Bridging The Workplace Generational Gap
By: CareerCast.com
There's a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children — or grandchildren. Put people of widely different ages together and there are bound to be differences. Baby boomers, for example, may be workaholics, while younger workers may demand more of a work-life balance. The solution for a growing number of companies: generational awareness training to help foster understanding and more effective communication among its workers. Employees are taught about the characteristics that define each generation, from their core values to their childhood ... more
What Is The Biggest Barrier For Women's Success?
By: CareerCast.com
Why are so few women in senior management? According to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, it’s because women haven’t taken enough responsibility in advocating their own success—and it’s about time they stepped up and got themselves out of this “stalled revolution.” In her newly released book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Succeed, Sandberg argues that when it comes to climbing the ladder in corporate America, women are their own worst enemies. “We’ve ceased making progress at the top in any industry anywhere in the world,” Sandberg writes. “In the United States, women have had 14 percent of the ... more
Career Development For Others Can Help You Get Ahead
By: CareerCast.com
Did you know that developing other people can also positively impact your career? According to a 2012 study led by nonprofit organization Catalyst, paying it forward by being a career mentor to others has positive benefits. "It benefits not only proteges but leads to career advancement and compensation growth for those providing the assistance -- $25,075 in additional compensation between 2008 and 2010," the study says. If others have helped you develop during your career, you're more likely to give back by developing others. About three in five employees who received developmental support (59 percent) did so for others. Sponsorship ... more
Survey Finds Challenges For Women Of Color In STEM Careers
By: CareerCast.com
Being a woman in STEM research is tough, but it's significantly worse for women of color. According to a recent report conducted by the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, a whopping 100% of women of color interviewed in the study said they've experienced gender bias, compared to 93% of white women. Conducted by Professor Joan C. Williams, 557 women overall were surveyed (white women and women of color), and 60 women of color participated in more in-depth interviews. Aside from common sexist issues, women of color were clearly subject to unwarranted stereotypes. For example: Black and Latina ... more
Leaning In On Diversity Hiring
By: CareerCast.com
The time has come for men to “lean in” and become full partners for increasing diversity in leadership in our corporations. This requires moving beyond creating initiatives that become window dressing to proactive leadership actions that drive real culture change. While we would probably all agree we’ve made progress relative to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the facts stand as a reminder that we still have a long way to go. Today women earn more college degrees than men, and within the next decade, Caucasians will become a minority in the United States. White men are promoted at significantly ... more
Finding the Right Employment for You
By: CareerCast.com
Unfortunately, most people do not put forth enough thought into their employment until they are already on the job. When the economy is less than perfect, job seekers feel an additional stressor that makes them believe they need to quickly accept any position offered to them, as they are afraid they will not receive another offer. Some people take a job because they need it while others will seek out a position until they have it and then discover they do not like it. These reasons are common in our society. Many people feel trapped within a job they do ... more
Diversity Hiring Fueling Tech Innovation
By: CareerCast.com
Around the world, women and people of color rely on tech gadgets that have sprung primarily from the minds of white men—but that’s about to change. As the Cherokee Nation works to preserve its vibrant culture, one of its goals is to save its language. Like most Native American tongues, the Cherokee language is at risk of extinction as fluent speakers enter old age and the younger generation learns mainly English. A unique partnership with Microsoft may very well turn the tide. “Our Native American Employee Network Group here at Microsoft and a Cherokee Nation team worked for over two ... more
Tips For Women Working In Tech
By: CareerCast.com
The tech industry has a gender problem. Let’s consider this: Women comprise only about a quarter of all employees at tech behemoths Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle and Microsoft. When it comes to launching tech ventures, the situation only gets worse: Just 10% of high-growth tech company founders are women. Women make up a significant portion of the tech-consumer market — so it makes little sense that there is such disconnect in the professional spectrum. The benefits of a diversified workforce are numerous, especially considering that many American women are highly active on the Internet and social networking sites. Looking at ... more