Because the U.S. labor market remains stuck in slow-growth mode, the job training sector continues to enjoy a surge -- not just for the legions of unemployed workers but also underemployed folks looking to make career changes that hold brighter long-term prospects. One major focal point of this trend: community colleges around the nation, which are struggling to keep pace with demand for job-training courses and expand training facilities. According to the Des Moines Register, nationwide community college enrollment has spiked 17 percent in the last year, a record high.
Recently I read through a discussion on the Chief Learning Officers Network that caught my eye: "Should L&D report to HR or operations?" As a learning professional, I have reported directly to both operations and HR, and I definitely have a strong opinion about where the learning department should report. However, when it comes right down to it, what matters most is the culture of the organization.
Have you ever wished for a way to navigate a Website, live inside your training presentation, without having to leave PowerPoint and open up a Web browser? Have you ever struggled to give your trainees a clear, detailed rendering of a large diagram or a form in PowerPoint -- only to resort to cropping the image and spreading it across multiple slides? How many times have you shown up to lead a training workshop only to discover that you left your thumbdrive at home and don't have the supporting files or exhibits you need?
With the economy still stuck in slow-growth mode, many job-seekers are scrambling to add new and improved skills to their resumes. In the tech sector, in fact, employers are dealing with a labor shortage that job hunters can target, if they know where to start. Here are some of the most in-demand tech skills -- and some details about the training required to attain them -- that top the list:
What's the most sure-fire way to ensure people do not learn anything from a training program? Easy. Send an email announcement with a "MANDATORY TRAINING Next Week" subject line.
Converting your Training Content for Online Delivery
Whenever I feel like my training efforts will never scratch the surface of the real problems, or that I'll never make headway with a project stakeholder, win over that difficult SME, or build trust with an audience full of skeptics, I find that a little perspective goes a long way in helping to renew my focus and energize my thinking.
The verifiability and practicality of IQ tests is hotly debated in academic and popular circles: Does it really measure intelligence? Is it racist, sexist, and/or ageist? What kinds of people benefit from them? What's a modern-day genius, anyway?
With debt levels soaring, tuition costs on the rise, and record unemployment rates for recent college graduates (4.4% -- the highest in since 1970), are college degrees becoming less relevant? Here's a surprising look at the state of higher learning: