This infographic examines the growing phenomenon of self-learning using free online courses. These video lessons may come from recognized institutions of higher learning like Stanford and MIT or startups like Udemy, a platform that enables users to create classes and set their own per-class fees. Is this the future of education?
The standard sea of cubicles is all but forgotten in modern open-plan offices, which ditch walls and barriers to promote collaboration and collegiality. Employees have responded to the distractions open floor plans pose by wearing headphones, bolstering makeshift partitions with books and relocating behind file cabinets to regain their concentration. Are we nearing the end of this communication-fostering workplace layout?
How much should a teacher make? As with all academic questions, the answer is, "It depends."
A recent news item from the Bennington Banner caught our eye, because it so perfectly encapsulated the issues around teachers' pay: "Art Teacher's Salary Sparks Board Debate," it read. Within, we found the usual debate on hiring teachers: should the Bennington, Vermont school board go for an experienced teacher, with numerous accolades and years of specialization, or pick a less senior, much cheaper teacher -- for a potential salary savings of $30,000?
The recession has influenced nearly every fiber of society, but especially the relationship between businesses and their employees. New Harris Interactive research reveals that 57 percent of employed Americans had paid vacation time that they hadn't used before December 31, 2011. These findings come hot on the heels of a Sageworks study that found company profits-per-employee are the highest they've been in 10 years. Have we, as a nation, sworn off vacation to stay employed?
By Emma Bohmke
Meet Kaylyn Messer. Most people know her as an outstanding customer service specialist and MarketRate trainer here at PayScale. But, this year, she cranked up the cool and took over as the coordinator for Bike to Work Month for PayScale. In honor of Bike to Day, let’s get to know the star behind the operation.
Feeling burned out? Maybe you're doing too many things at once. For those of you who greeted that news with a resounding, "duh," here's some ammunition to bring to your boss.
Tony Schwartz, author of "Be Excellent at Anything," examined the issue of multitasking for the Harvard Business Review blog. His conclusion: our relentless need to be doing more than one thing at a time is causing us to be less productive.
If you listened to the hype, you'd think that Silicon Valley was the only place to live for tech types. This is partly because every media outlet that covers technology is fully engaged in Facebook IPO Watch 2012, and partly because, yes, there are a lot of tech jobs in the Bay Area. However, this area isn't the only place to live if you want one of these gigs. Heck, it might not even be the best.
Forbes contributors Joel Kotkin and Mark Schill developed a ranking system that measures growth in the tech industry as a whole -- meaning that they looked at internet, data processing, and software jobs, but also included jobs in the STEM sector. (That's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, for the acronym-averse.) Their findings might surprise you.
Salary and Career News Round Up: Networking Tips for Introverts, Commuter Marriages and New Grads’ Employment Woes
Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.