October 2, 2015: Friday News Roundup

Can’t believe it’s October already! Hope your month is off to a good start. And now to the news…  

Why do employers expect more of entry-level employees than ever before?
Gone are the days of a gradual ramp-up when you start a new job. Even employees fresh out of school find themselves in the hot seat from day one, expected to “learn on the fly” and make meaningful contributions immediately. That’s a lot of stress for young adults who’ve barely acclimated to their post-grad lives, let alone the demands of a first job.

Is college worth the cost? Many recent graduates don’t think so.
The price tag keeps going up, yet the return on investment seems to be going down. That’s what most recent grads think anyway. A new Gallup poll found that “Just 38 percent of students who have graduated college in the past decade strongly agree that their higher education was worth the cost.” And it drops lower for those carrying student debt.

What’s holding women back in the workplace?
LeanIn.org and McKinsey partnered on a new survey that yielded some interesting results. While many blame the glass ceiling for the dearth of female executives in corporate leadership positions, it turns out most women aren’t even interested in those top jobs, nor do they feel like gender has prevented them from moving up.

Future millennial CEOs: Keep these career lessons in mind
If you’re looking for career advice, no one would blame you for seeking out the rockstars of the business world — Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg et al. But those stories, while impressive and inspiring, aren’t actually that relevant for typical workers early in their careers. This author has some advice more suited to those just starting on their journeys.

Meet Udemy, the online marketplace for education
We always like to end the week with some great media coverage of Udemy! Our CEO Dennis Yang talked about the state of online education on “Bloomberg West” and was part of a USA Today podcast that touched on a whole slew of business and tech topics.


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September 25, 2015: Friday News Roundup

Wow, what a week for news! We were inspired by the Pope’s stirring words to Congress urging Americans to work toward justice, economic equality, and lending aid to society’s most vulnerable. That’s a message anyone can get behind.  

Ernst & Young removes degree classification from entry criteria as there’s ‘no evidence’ university equals success
This headline certainly caught our attention. When a company as old-school as accounting giant E&Y dismisses the value of a university diploma, there’s a good chance others might start thinking of following suit. It’s great to see such a big employer looking for ways “to open opportunities for talented individuals regardless of their background.”

Top 10 courses for Brits looking for a better job
Udemy released our “What Britain’s Learning” report this week, and the Telegraph picked up our list of the top 10 courses UK job-seekers are taking in our marketplace. Like the U.S., the UK is feeling the effects of its own workforce skills gap, so it’s no surprise individuals are adopting online learning as a way to beef up their resumes and improve their job prospects.

Who’s responsible for erasing America’s shortage of skilled workers?
That’s not an easy question to answer. Or, rather, it’s not an easy topic on which to find consensus. The article urges businesses, policymakers, and educators to collaborate on finding solutions and thinking beyond the status quo.

The jocks of computer code do it for the job offers
A long but fascinating peek into the world of competitive coding, focusing on the Facebook Hacker Cup. Who knew? Let’s just say, it’s decidedly NOT a spectator sport.

Udemy CEO on international growth
Our own Dennis Yang took to the stage of Disrupt TV this week as part of TechCrunch’s annual gathering. Watch his interview and hear Dennis’s vision for Udemy’s growth around the world!

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September 18, 2015: Friday News Roundup

We made it to Friday! Whatcha got cookin’ for the weekend? Hopefully, it includes learning and discovery.

Five reasons to swipe right for a new job
There’s no longer a stigma to switching jobs every few years, but that doesn’t mean you should bail on your current employer without giving it some serious reflection. Here are five signals to heed when asking yourself, should I stay or should I go?

Americans agree computer science is important—but only one-quarter of US schools teach it
The skills gap is real, and its roots go all the way back to junior high, according to a revealing survey conducted by Gallup and Google. But it’s not necessarily the fault of the schools themselves. According to this author, “It’s clear this is a talent development ecosystem issue—one that is the collective fault of employers, politicians, parents and more.”

Six ways to tell if you work for a really great company
Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of GE, knows a few things about building great companies. So, it carries a lot of weight when he says the number one sign you’re working for one is that your employer demonstrates “a real commitment to continuous learning.”

Gaps in earnings stand out in release of college data
This recent data dump from our government contained brought some uncomfortable truths to light. While it isn’t surprising that graduates of elite colleges earn more, there’s a stark difference between salaries of men and women from those same schools. And once you dig beneath the elite, the income numbers plummet.

Why self-awareness separates the best from the rest in corporate training
Darren Shimkus, GM of Udemy for Business, explains how companies can become more attuned to their training needs and implement a solution that arms employees with the critical skills they (and your business) need to be productive and successful in their roles.

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September 11, 2015: Friday News Roundup

Welcome to this week’s roundup. Please take a moment (or more) today to remember those who gave their lives on that tragic day 14 years ago.  

“The surge in the number of job openings in recent months is now taking on epic proportions”
More evidence of the growing skills gap — the latest jobs report showed the highest number of open positions since December 2000, when the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) was first conducted. As one analyst remarked, this signals that “the labor market is unable to supply the people companies need.”

For students with a mission, a little capital goes a long way
Here’s a look at a program that helps student entrepreneurs get their business ideas off the ground. Not a unique concept but the twist here is that the Resolution Project specifically seeks out socially responsible businesses and charities, deliberately offers less money than similar initiatives so they can help more young entrepreneurs, and puts a heavy emphasis on mentorship.

How to take advantage of the gig-based economy
If you’re looking to join the ranks of the freelance economy, it would behoove you to develop a diverse skill set, according to this article. Gaining transferable skills can position you to win different types of projects — and more of them. It also helps to build a strong professional network and promote your personal brand.

Hiring for experience vs. hiring for skills
Which is better — the job candidate with the most versatility or the one who’s laser-focused on building a specific skill set? The answer — it depends. Richard Branson and Robert Herjavec (of TV’s “Shark Tank”) share their philosophies.

College calculus: What’s the real value of higher education?
It’s a question on a lot of minds these days, especially as the presidential election gains momentum and candidates promote their ideas for education reform. Costs keep rising yet enrollment numbers are rising too. The author explains why recent changes in the workplace have upended our long-held belief that higher ed leads to better jobs with higher salaries, aka the “college wage premium.”

8 things I learned in my first design internship
Wrapping things up on a fun note: Udemy UX designer Frances Tung collaborated with Alice Yan, one of our summer interns, on this article sharing what they learned from each other over the last couple of months. Read on for their tips on what makes for a successful internship for everyone involved. Good luck, Alice!