Rethinking Academic Advising in Higher Education

The transition from high school to higher ed is one of the most life-changing experiences a person will undergo. At this stage, students have yet to develop the critical thinking skills to confidently navigate this new environment. Academic advisors are in a unique position to provide information, insight, and guidance as students launch themselves toward Read more about Rethinking Academic Advising in Higher Education[…]

The Leader-as-Coach Transformation: What it Means for Recent Grads Launching Careers in 2020

One of the underrated changes happening in the global economy right now relates to leadership. While past leaders were often looked to as generals or sages—issuing commands, ruling with an iron fist, knowing every aspect of their market—today’s leaders have taken on a different archetype: the coach.  The flattening of company hierarchies and the increased Read more about The Leader-as-Coach Transformation: What it Means for Recent Grads Launching Careers in 2020[…]

Landing a Job in the 21st Century: Crafting a Strong Narrative to Nail Your Next Interview

Few things in life are more harrowing than a job interview: your career and financial well-being are at stake, and people are literally judging every word you say. In this post we’ll focus on one of the most underrated—but increasingly necessary—strategies for demonstrating your talents in a way hiring managers will appreciate: crafting a personal Read more about Landing a Job in the 21st Century: Crafting a Strong Narrative to Nail Your Next Interview[…]

Measuring What Matters: Major Focus vs. Foundational Skills Instruction

Our ongoing research into the foundational skills crisis opens up a lot of interesting conversations. We’re living through a major shift in education right now, as students and institutions react to changes in technology, culture, and the economy. Many of our biggest questions right now revolve around the challenges of creating a coherent narrative when Read more about Measuring What Matters: Major Focus vs. Foundational Skills Instruction[…]

Critical Thinking Is Your Superpower: This is Your Origin Story

As a college student or a young professional entering the workforce, you’ll rely on a set of skills you’ve spent years developing to meet your goals and distinguish yourself from your peers. Some of these involve technology, some are subject-specific, and some are interpersonal. All are important, and yet none will serve you better in Read more about Critical Thinking Is Your Superpower: This is Your Origin Story[…]

The Competitive Edge of Professional Development

It’s no surprise that having a high turnover rate among your employees is bad for business: morale sinks and institutional knowledge leaks out the door. While compensation remains the main reason newer entrants to the workforce leave their jobs, opportunities for professional development follows a close second.   In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, employees need to Read more about The Competitive Edge of Professional Development[…]

In Defense of Liberal Arts: How the New Economy Is Resurfacing The Need for a Liberal Arts Education

In a recent interview with Kara Swisher, investor Mark Cuban made headlines when he predicted the coming demand for liberal arts majors. “I think a liberal arts major is just as important in the future as a coding major,” Cuban said, going on to note that computer science grads have better short term prospects right Read more about In Defense of Liberal Arts: How the New Economy Is Resurfacing The Need for a Liberal Arts Education[…]

When a Handshake Isn’t Just a Handshake: 3 “Tells” That New Hires Need Foundational Skills Training

Recent grads entering the workforce can bring with them unlimited potential—but also the need to invest in coaching to get them off on the right foot. Most companies take time to orient new employees to the demands of their particular office and job, however this often isn’t enough. In our work with companies around Boston Read more about When a Handshake Isn’t Just a Handshake: 3 “Tells” That New Hires Need Foundational Skills Training[…]

Going Off-Book: Setting Textbooks Aside to Teach Foundational Skills

No visualization of the college experience would be complete without a bulky pile of textbooks stacked upon a dormitory desk for a long night of studying. And while the format provides a way for students to memorize the key concepts, vocabulary, and history within any number of subjects, it also has its limitations. The process Read more about Going Off-Book: Setting Textbooks Aside to Teach Foundational Skills[…]

Debunking Professional Development Myths with NimblyWise Chief of Staff Sara Ortins

As NimblyWise’s Chief of Staff, Sara Ortins has played an integral role in the company’s Real-time Learning for Professionals program. The offering works with new employees to cultivate the foundational skills necessary to perform at a high level in today’s knowledge economy. “We found these recent grads to be highly motivated learners,” Ortins says, “but Read more about Debunking Professional Development Myths with NimblyWise Chief of Staff Sara Ortins[…]