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Employers warn of widening skills shortage

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“An increasing number of UK employers are worried that they will not be able recruit enough high-skilled employees, according to an annual CBI survey. The survey of 500 employers found 69% were concerned about not being able to find enough highly-skilled staff, compared with 55% last year. The report showed that demand for low-skilled workers would continue to fall. Tackling this skills gap has become a “top business priority”, said CBI deputy director general Josh Hardie. The survey says this could become even more difficult after the decision to leave the European Union. “Not only will we have our existing UK skills shortages to address, but potentially reduced access to migrant skills will also impact businesses,” says the CBI’s report on the survey results.”(more)

Learning Languages Boosted My Career Opportunities

The Huffington Post – Steve Kaufmann

“As someone who speaks 16 languages and has had a successful business career, language learners often ask me: if I learn another language, what can I do with it? What is the relationship between languages and work or a career? The biggest benefit of speaking languages I’ve seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields…It increases your opportunity to connect with people and understand them better. You never know which languages are going to come in handy and when.”(more)

Top 10: STEM Job Approved Employers 2016

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“…what role do the companies play in developing and receiving the students who are eager to orchestrate the next rocket launch? STEM Jobs Approved (SJA) performs a yearly study across multiple industries to discover the corporations most worth aspiring to…When it comes to contributing to diversity in STEM fields, fostering partnerships between classrooms and careers, aiding STEM career development, and ensuring opportunities for STEM students, 10 CTEq member companies rank amongst STEM Jobs Magazine’s elite employers. Read further to find out their specialties and which career fields match best with their opportunities.”(more)

Why America’s Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education

The Atlantic – Yoni Appelbaum

“American undergraduates are flocking to business programs, and finding plenty of entry-level opportunities. But when businesses go hunting for CEOs or managers, “they will say, a couple of decades out, that I’m looking for a liberal arts grad,” said Judy Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. That presents a growing challenge to colleges and universities. Students are clamoring for degrees that will help them secure jobs in a shifting economy, but to succeed in the long term, they’ll require an education that allows them to grow, adapt, and contribute as citizens—and to build successful careers. And it’s why many schools are shaking up their curricula to ensure that undergraduate business majors receive something they may not even know they need—a rigorous liberal-arts education…business majors seem to be graduating with some of the technical skills they’ll need to secure jobs, but without having made the gains in writing or critical-thinking skills they’ll require to succeed over the course of their careers…”(more)

Career Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language

The HR Digest – Jane Harper

“We stay in a fast-paced, hyper-connected world, and things are not going to change anytime soon. So, you need to be different or have some special skills to survive. In this competitive and continuously connected world, learning a foreign language may help you stand out in the crowd. The way companies are operating today across the globe, spreading their business in different countries, the speed at which global expansion is happening is faster than ever before. In such situation, learning a second language will be really important – no, mandatory for people to add an edge to their resume and have a competitive advantage during their job search. No doubt, most of the businesses are conducted in English, but with changing landscape, the career benefits of learning a foreign language are really extensive. It not only allows you to communicate with different people, it will also make you aware of different cultures.”(more)

Reasons For Learning Foreign Languages

The Sequitur – Staff Writer

“Studying and learning foreign languages is no longer about having a better travelling experience. Before it pays to learn to speak the local or native language of a country you will be visiting to avoid any embarrassing and even sometimes insulting situations. Learning foreign languages is not just about getting the right directions, it is about making connections with people that have different languages, culture and history. Some people think that learning how to speak English would be enough, but actually the CIA World Fact Book cited that only 5.6 % of the global population speak English. The rest of the world speaks differently. Speaking English can no longer suffice the increasing demand for global communications and understanding.”(more)