Jobs and careers are constantly on the minds of millions of Americans. We may be hungry for success, but do we have the right training and skills to actually achieve success? Today’s infographic discusses the growing “Skills Gap” in the American workforce.
A skills gap is defined (by The American Society for Training and Development) as “a significant gap between an organization’s current capabilities and the skills it needs to achieve its goals.” This means that employers and employees are not exactly on the same page when work needs to be done efficiently.
Why does this gap exist, you ask? The top reasons for the skills gap, according to today’s infographic, includes “skills of the workforce that don’t match company strategy, goals, markets, or business models; a lack of bench strength in the company’s leadership ranks; and less of an investment in training/a lack of support for employee learning and development in training/lack of support for employee learning and development.”
We spend thousands of dollars on college educations, yet we still aren’t given the right tools to be successful at our jobs? As a recent college graduate, this idea is quite terrifying. And this statement is equally unsettling: “Worldwide, young people are three times more likely than their parents to be out of work.”
How exactly we go about closing this skills gap, I can’t be sure of. But, I can say that mutual respect for employers and employees goes a long way when doing a job. Employers have to want to invest time and energy into helping their employees, and employees have to be willing to listen, be open to their employer’s wishes, and work hard. Caring about the work you do, who you work for, and who you work with, makes a huge difference in the quality of work that ends up being achieved at the end of the day. [Via]Share This Infographic
Until reading this infographic put together by UglyChristmasSweater.com, I was not aware of just how popular the ugly Christmas sweater is. I, like Canada, wanted to believe that my friends and I had thrown the first ugly Christmas sweater party in history. In other words, I was certain that I was the first ever to wrap myself in itchy wool and ironic jingle bells while drinking warm cider in the dead of winter with my friends.
This year I think I will be the first to wear them genuinely. No ulterior motive, just a celebration of all things merry and bright written all over my sweater. When people ask me why I wear them all the time, I will respond by saying, “Because I love Christmas.” Then I will wink in the direction of the North Pole. Or is that already a thing too?
I will also be buying each and every one of my siblings one. What better way to ring in the holiday cheer than with all four siblings wearing red “Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal” sweaters while Home Alone (as per Christmas usual) plays in the background? The answer is, nothing. There is nothing that would make my siblings and I happier than that! So do what you must, but know, that no good Christmas without ugly Christmas sweaters goes unpunished. Let UglyChistmasSweater.com take care of you. [via]Share This Infographic
Dogs are one of America’s top pets; they are man’s best friend, after all. America has a huge amount of dog owners, with one in three households being home to a furry friend, and two thirds of that number consider their dog a family member. Which states in the U.S. tend to own more dogs than others, though? On the other hand, which states have the fewest percentage of dog owners?
Today’s infographic from the Huffington Post gives us a look at some statistics for dog ownership across America. Most people getting a new dog are going to do so at a shelter, which is usually always good for the dog and shelter alike. Thankfully, very few people obtain their dog as a gift, since giving a pet as a gift can often be a bad idea.
For more info on dog ownership in America have a look at the graphic below. [Via]Share This Infographic
Personality and self assessment tests are always a good exercise to run through when needing a personal boost. Though not the end all be all of you and what you are good at, only you can really know that. These tests are always helpful when one is unsure of a direction to go in or how to best pursue their goals.
Being into pop-culture is something that has always excited me. Being able to relate to current times and the people that are in it makes me feel grounded. Not unfortunately, when I took this test I was tied between two personality styles. A person with more than just one personality type (this doesn’t make you a crazy person) gives you different viewpoints that show you can exhibit more than one way of thinking.
Just for some moral support, I can look at the following infographic and see for myself some of the most iconic people. I don’t believe that I will ever be the president or sing a hit song that brings tears to people’s eyes.
What is great about this infographic is that you can study these real life successful people. You can recall a specific scene the actor was in, or a famous speech that was given in history to derive a little energy out of your results. As the saying goes, if they can do it, so can you. [via]Share This Infographic
Imagine a world where every night whenever a family goes to bed, they press a button and 2 ton steel walls close down over their entire house; where everyone has their own personal police officer living in their basement to be sure everything is always alright; and where people are equal, thus, having nothing that others could covet. This world sounds safe, but at a very high and controlling cost.
Now imagine a world where all there is to protect a family is a small steel bar in a wooden door, or a glass window, where the police take at least 15 minutes to respond to a call, and where there are millions of men and women who do not have anything and feel the need to rob for drugs, money or sheer thrill. This world sounds more easy going, but also potentially scary.
It would be agreed that the second scenario is the world today, and everything goes alright, until something goes wrong. Luckily, with home security systems people are able to feel as if they are that much closer to existing in the top scenario. As soon as anything goes wrong in a residence the security alarm goes off, an office is called to immediately phone the police, and the criminal breaking in will generally leave from fear. Any individual who is hoping for steel doors, and in-house policemen should consider this option, because it is one of the safest and most realistic ones available.