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WSJ: Should Businesses Value Free MBA Classes Taken By Workers?

Burning Glass Technologies insights into real-time market data can guide workers on exactly what skills they should build upon to improve their demand in the workforce. In this article, the Wall Street Journal looks at the payoff of these free MBA classes.

An explosion of online business courses is prompting some students to ask: What’s the ROI for free MBA classes? That being said, so many workers today are taking advantage of free MBA classes available online.Yet, businesses don’t seem to value this self-initiated work.  If the free MBA classes are offered by credible institutions like Wharton Business School, Harvard University and Stanford, shouldn’t the work count for something?

“It used to be the case that an M.B.A. from a top school was a golden passport to professional success, and a few universities had a monopoly on the credential,” said Bill Aulet, who teaches entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, which offers a suite of classes online for free.Those credentials matter less now that online learning and non-university training have widened access to skills that once came only with an M.B.A., he said.

A study of more than 17 million online job listings found that of 2,500 certifications requested by employers, the most commonly sought were ones like certified public accountant, which are awarded by industry associations, not universities. “The fact that employers almost never ask for most certificates raises questions about whether people are pursuing a credential that actually has currency in the market,” said Matt Sigelman, chief executive of Burning Glass Technologies, a labor-market data firm that conducted the analysis. Read more >> 

AP: In US, factory jobs are high-tech, but the workers are not

Many of these are not the same jobs that for decades sustained the working class. More and more factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or specialized skills.,, Last year, software developer was the second-most-common job advertised by manufacturing companies, behind only sales, according to data provided by Burning Glass Technologies, a company that analyzes labor market data. Read more >> 

GovTech Works: New Framework Defines Cyber Security Workforce Needs

Both the federal government and its contractors are locked in a battle, vying for the best personnel in cybersecurity and shortage of available talent… According to Cyberseek.org, a joint project with Burning Glass Technologies, NICE, and CompTIA, there are more than 299,000 cybersecurity job vacancies in the United States today. Read more >> 

 

Deccan Chronicle: Health care in trouble as cyber security threat grows

Meadows, in charge of managing IT and cybersecurity for over 7000 employees at more than 50 locations in Texas, says that there is a lot of improvement needed after evaluating hospital cybersecurity across the US… According to Burning Glass Technologies, the average pays for health care cybersecurity positions is 25 per cent lower than in finance. Read more >> 

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