Workforce training is more popular than ever, but too often, companies do it without the proper forethought. Businesses spend $70 billion per year (and rising) on training, but much of it goes towards programs that set out to achieve vague or unmeasurable goals, if they aspire to particular outcomes at all. This expenditure is largely wasted, as 90% of the material learned in training is lost within a year. The desire to improve a team’s skills is admirable, but without determining the specific goals that a training program is supposed to achieve in a specific company, the exercise will be ineffective.
You’re probably a pretty charming person in real life. Hundreds of Facebook friends can’t be wrong, right? Unfortunately, your online projection of your professional life is likely not as compelling to potential hirers as you might like. “For a hiring manager to make a decision about you, they need to have three things answered,” says personal branding expert Joshua Waldman in Grovo’s learning track, “The Ultimate Guide to Personal Branding.” “Do I like you; are you motivated; and can you do the job?
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Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in two states received some good news last week. The accountancy licensing boards of Maryland and Ohio became the first two in the U.S. to allow their CPAs to meet continuing education credentials through microlearning. The Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy (MACPA) and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) both approved changes to their continuing professional education credit hours regulations, paving the way for accountants to enjoy the benefits of on-demand learning for the first time.
The need for digital skills has brought the United Kingdom to a “tipping point,” according to a new report by a House of Lords committee in London. According to the report, entitled “Make or Break: the UK’s Digital Future,” the UK’s status as a global economic leader depends on the incoming government, to be elected in May, prioritizing digital literacy as a national imperative. Their ultimate suggestion was to regard Internet access as a public utility: to close the “digital divide” in order to increase digital literacy.
Last week, Rasmussen College in Minnesota released a fascinating infographic on the changing and conflicting habits of digital users. “Digital Literacy in 2015: America’s Complicated Relationship with the Internet” challenges some long-held assumptions about the way we use the Internet — young people especially. Here are five takeaways from the survey.
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Scattered around Grovo HQ on the 30th Floor of 3 Park Avenue are six tokens of the culture and people that make us exceptional. Here are the six objects that explain Grovo and its people.
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When President Obama launched his TechHire program last week, he took a moment to praise a few private-sector companies for launching community initiatives of their own. The president characterized one of them, a project that Grovo is helping create and deliver, as being in the best interest of businesses. “Companies like Capital One are going to help recruit, train, and employ more new tech workers, not out of charity but because it’s a smart business decision.”
He might be right in a totally different way than intended. Not only does the digital skills gap impair companies’ abilities to hire qualified employees, but in the unique aftermath of the Great Recession, it also has the potential to chill financial markets. Here’s how.
On Monday, President Obama announced the White House’s new TechHire initiative to tackle the digital literacy gap in the United States. Speaking to the National League of Cities, Obama outlined a program to spread digital skills and connect qualified job seekers with hirers.
The President touched on a number of topics close to our Grovo Sapien hearts. We’ve spoken highly before of the potential for community college and alternative credentialing in general to provide the digital skills that job seekers need. Obama endorsed them both.
In 2016, for the first time, the Internet will transfer a Zettabyte of data annually. That’s 1.1 trillion gigabytes, 1 sextillion bytes, or 2 billion years’ worth of MP3 music playback that we will send to one another every year. It’s more data than you could ever wrap your head around.
And yet, this astronomical amount of data may underwhelm you. You probably already assumed that we were sending this much information on the web. What is the Internet, after all, if not an unthinkable amount of data?
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You can’t believe in something you can’t see, and you can’t trust something you can’t quantify. Those two assumptions form basic precepts of how we talk about sociology: impressions may be floating around in the ether, but until they’re quantified and demonstrated, they’re legend.
Grovo is thrilled to announce that beginning this summer, we will join Capital One’s $150 million campaign to empower Americans to succeed in the modern economy. Sponsored by Capital One’s Investing for Good program, the Future Edge initiative will use Grovo’s expertise in digital learning to educate over 5,000 low-to-middle income individuals in the skills integral to the digitally-driven workplace.
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Conventional wisdom since the dawn of the digital age has held that coding is an essential skill that far too few people have. For a long time, there wasn’t an executive or thought leader in tech who didn’t take the chance to bemoan the lack of coding in the labor force. “Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find,” Mark Zuckerberg famously said in 2013. “There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.” He put his money where his mouth was, joining Bill Gates to back the nonprofit Code.org. As much as a platform for learning to code, that website is a gathering place for public figures to extol its benefits. Few positions in the political and social spheres enjoy such broad support as the necessity of large-scale coding education.
This week, Google announced that it plans to initiate a training program in Europe that will teach “crucial digital skills” to one million people by 2016. They wrote that post with 310 days left in the year, so that means that Google will train about 3,226 Europeans per day during 2015. Since the time they posted the announcement on Tuesday, nearly 9,700 Europeans have been trained in digital skills by Google. Congratulations everybody! Or, as they say in the common language of Europe: Congratulations everybody!
In his op-ed this Monday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman made the case for why the U.S. skills gap was not only not real, but an artifice constructed by political/social/economic elites to obscure the real causes of economic inequality: themselves. In a meandering argument, Krugman touched on a few points nominally relating to the skills gap, but which have much more to do with inequality stemming from seismic technological change. In doing so, he mistook for an elitist boogeyman what we at Grovo believe is a real problem, and a symptom itself of the inequality that Krugman would like to fix.
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Do you have startup fever? Are you bursting with a million-dollar idea that you would expend your dying breath—or more importantly, your last cent—to see make it to market? Even if you’re already running a business that’s ready to expand with an infusion of cash, you may need to acquaint yourself with the realities of attracting capital from a VC.
Some of the knowledge it takes to go from inspiration to exit is hard won; the rest of it is obtainable by watching Grovo’s learning track, “Create Value and Attract Capital.” In our sit-down with Mike Edelhart (CEO of the Tomorrow Project, original editor of PC Magazine, and author of 22 books) the Silicon Valley legend shares insights on everything from creating excitement to managing financing terms.
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