April 8, 2016: Friday news roundup

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! Check out this week’s news and stories from Udemy about learning and working.  

Will you sprint, stroll or stumble into a career?
These three student types take different approaches on their “journey to adulthood,” a road that is getting longer and longer, according an expert quoted here. “The biggest change, he said, is the move to an information economy that requires even more education and job-hopping in one’s 20s.”

Colleges drill down on job-listing terms
Are students not as well-prepared for the job market because employers are so inconsistent with job titles? That’s what some academic administrators think. This disconnect between what employers seek and what educators deliver “has helped push U.S. job vacancies to 5.5 million… the number of job openings has exceeded the number of new hires, a reflection of employers’ difficulty in filling positions.”

The race for tech talent isn’t a marathon, it’s a sprint
We’ve all heard plenty about the shortage of qualified tech workers. Not only are business leaders struggling to fill positions, they can’t find those candidates fast enough. There are some powerful findings in a new Accenture survey, such as the fact that more than 85 percent of organizations surveyed believe they need to win the war for talent to secure a competitive advantage, and more than 80 percent believe the workers they hired five years ago are not the workers they need now.

Hackathons aren’t just for coders
Marathon coding sessions have been popular for a while. But what about organizing those events for other business functions “to stir up new ideas on everything from culture change to supply chain management”? This article proposes that the hackathon model creates[s] a structure and process around idea development.” Udemy embraces that spirit when we have departmental off-sites — we step away from our day-to-day responsibilities and give ourselves time and space to think big.

Keeping women on the leadership track
Our VP of People and General Counsel Lisa Haugh shares her thoughts on how companies and individual employees can support young women as they advance through their careers. Research has found many start out aiming for leadership roles but drop off along the way, while their male counterparts continue to pursue that same goal with confidence and ambition.