Five Links: Skills Gap - by John Sumser - HRExaminer

Mexico Is Now A Top Producer Of Engineers But Where Are The Jobs?

Five Links: Skills Gap

  • Mexico Is Now A Top Producer Of Engineers But Where Are The Jobs?
    “President Felipe Calder on last month boasted that Mexico graduates 130,000 engineers and technicians a year from universities and specialized high schools, more than Canada, Germany or even Brazil, which has nearly twice the population of Mexico.” But, solving the skills gap doesn’t instantaneously produce employment for the upwardly skilled. Building a strong job creation engine is the key to holding on to the talent you have. The Mexico lessons are important for any city or region.
  • The Entrepreneur Subculture
    On average, entrepreneurs are not young and they don’t work in Silicon Valley. This is a quick attempt to put some meat on the stereotype of our primary job creators.
  • Is College Worth It?
    This question was never on the table before we all lost 40% of our net worth and media incomes dropped 20%. “Though degreed adults as a whole have lower unemployment, youth unemployment and probably more important underemployment remains high for college grads. A shocking 53% of recent graduates are jobless or underemployed. This has fed through into popular culture, with student loan debt relief being part of the grab bag of demands made by the various “Occupy” movements.  When you graduate from college with huge, non-dischargeable debts, and you can’t find a job, particularly in your chosen field, you no doubt complain loudly about this to your friends.”
  • High Skill Immigration, A Resource
    Bookmark it and its other half. (and see IT Pay Raises to Be Twice National Norm)
  • Startup Communities Building Regional Clusters
    Building a skilled workforce is long range thinking that can only be tackled regionally. Of course, all advantage is temporary and infrastructure has to keep looking forward.
  • How To Be Good At Anything
    There are only 4 steps. Solving the skills gap is all about the point in this cycle when investments are made.

    1. Do it
    2. Get feedback on how you suck
    3. Study how to improve at where you suck
    4. Repeat


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