In a recent survey, 83 percent of employers reported having difficulty finding qualified candidates to hire, and about 75 percent tied it to a skills shortage. Current trends point to a widening skills gap and fewer companies requiring formal degrees, accepting nontraditional credentials instead. Why?

In a skills-based economy employers place the highest value on the specific needs of a job, and they aren’t waiting around for traditional institutions to catch up. Companies like Google and Amazon are building in-house certifications and last-mile trainings to meet their own demands for skills that colleges and universities can’t supply.

Institutions of higher…


Before we get to our list of the 15 best jobs for introverts, it’s essential to understand what an introvert is.

According to WebMD, introverts feel more comfortable focusing on their inner thoughts and ideas instead of what’s going on externally. Introverts also enjoy spending time in small groups of one or two people rather than in large crowds.

So, what are the best jobs for introverts that highlight their strengths and interests? We ran an analysis on CrowdSegment to find out.

Systems Engineer

Average salary: $85,216

Gender breakdown: 78% male and 22% female

Systems engineers handle all the systems that make…


Why do students go to college? To get a better job.

In fact, 85% of incoming freshmen surveyed by the Higher Education Research Institute in 2015 said getting a better job was a top reason to enroll in college, more important even than making money. The first step collegebound students must take in their career journey is choosing a major or degree program — and career exploration doesn’t end there.

We took a look at our own user activity to find the most searched majors and fields of study so far in 2021. …


Georgia State University is on the forefront of data-driven Student Success in 2021.

Learn how to identify and remove institutional barriers to college completion and student success through data-driven interventions and systemic change to institutional processes and structures.

What does Student Success mean in 2021?

In the fall of 2020, Dr. Tim Renick from Georgia State University (GSU) was announced as the founding Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success (NISS), the first organization of its kind.

Until recently, “student success” was not a common term used in higher education. Things are changing though. Over the past six years, more than 500 institutions have gone to Georgia State University to learn more about GSU’s approach to student success…


About half of university employees who are funded by sponsored research grants find jobs in the same state as their university when they leave their campuses, according to new data produced through a collaboration between the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) and Steppingblocks, an Atlanta-based analytics provider.

The new findings are a result of combined data from Steppingblocks and IRIS members, many of the largest research universities in the country, which account for more than 40% of all university R&D spending in the United States. Steppingblocks utitilizes advanced machine learning to uncover insights through billions of disparate…


It’s been eight months since COVID-19 hit higher education in the U.S. As fall semester ends, the predictions of spring and summer have a few lessons for university leadership as the pandemic continues to rock our institutions.

During the initial lockdown in March, fingers were crossed for a short-term pandemic. Now, the need is clear for long-term crisis management as COVID-19 cases rise and a widespread vaccine isn’t yet available.

Another early prediction cited by The Chronicle of Higher Education is this: “Fall would be a financial bloodbath for colleges … it’s true, most colleges bled money all spring and…


The number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs is expected to grow by 350 percent, from one million positions in 2013 to 3.5 million in 2021.

This prediction by Cybersecurity Ventures highlights the cyber-skills shortage and the need to invest in talent. Emsi’s analysis on the gap suggests that collaboration is key. Companies should re-skill employees, universities should develop curriculum that meets demand, and workforce development organizations should bring these communities together at the city and regional level.

We ran an analysis on CrowdSegment with Steppingblocks data to find people who work in cybersecurity and have graduated in the last ten years…


By Carlo Martinez, Steppingblocks Founder & CEO

It was not their education.

I remember vividly during my college years the anxiety to graduate and get a degree, so that I could get a job. It never occurred to me that while my education was going to play a critical role in my career development, it was not the most important one. Unfortunately, most colleges and universities in the U.S. do not prioritize career development during the course of a traditional four-year program, leaving students with a major gap in the transition to the workforce.

Logan Armstrong, a Cincinnati junior, works while sitting inside a painted circle on the lawn of the Oval during the first day of fall classes on at Ohio State University on Aug. 25, 2020. Source: Joshua A. Bickel — The Columbus Dispatch/AP

Joshua A. Bickel — The Columbus…


The employment market is shifting, the workforce is more competitive and the value of a degree is questioned like never before. Students need help not only acquiring marketable and transferable skills, but communicating their experience to prospective employers. So how do you teach students to transition seamlessly from college to career?

Georgia State University’s answer to this question is in their latest Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): College to Career (CTC) This university-wide initiative aims to increase students’ ability to recognize and demonstrate career competencies they learn through curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences.

As faculty director of the College to Career…


Every day, roughly 500 million of Google’s 3.5 billion searches have never been searched before. Every month, nearly 2.45 billion humans login to Facebook. And every year, 130 million people are born into the Information Age — and playing Candy Crush, the free app that earns over $900 million a year.

So in an unquenchably digital world, how do we explain the loss of Computer Science graduates?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics ( NCES), Computer and Information Sciences degrees in the U.S. declined 20.74 …

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