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Middle Schools Explore Project Based Learning

Virginia Middle Schools Focus on Better Education

-Emily, 8/19/13

Gloucester County in Virginia is opening up a new middle school within the next two years. Page Middle School will incorporate a new style of learning, Project Based Learning, to it’s students. The school board decided that as Page Middle School explores PBL, the existing Peasley Middle School in the area will do so as well. The school board’s intent is to guide students from both middle schools in the same direction so that when they merge in the same high school, it will be unclear which middle school a student attended. They hope that the introduction of Project Based Learning will advance students and give them a sense of uniformity in their education.

Adapted from the Daily Press article by Matt Sabo entitled “Gloucester Middle Schools Exploring Project-Based Learning,” courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Retail Sales Rise in July

A Sign of Better Economic Times

-Emily, 8/14/13

After a 1.2% drop in sales in June of this year, the retail business saw a 6% increase in sales this past July. Although the percentage increase was lower than planned, forecasters believe this jump from June’s dropping numbers is a sign of better economic times. Consumers are now showing a better attitude toward the economy and are spending despite climbing gas prices.

Some analysts advise not to show too much optimism toward this 6% jump. The economy is still at “mixed bag” and can fluctuate both up and down. For the mean time, July’s numbers look hopeful! Shop on!

Adapted from the Washington Post article by Katerina Sokou entitled “Rise in Retail Sales Signals Stronger Growth.”

Brands Dabble with Tumblr

Another Social Media Site Jumps on the Brand-Wagon

-Emily, 8/14/13

Brands have made a social media presence on sites like Facebook and Twitter since these sites first began. Tumblr, a blogging site popular amongst teens and twenty-somethings, has always been something of an enigma for brands. The dynamic of the Tumblr community has made it particularly difficult for brands to successfully infiltrate the site and reach out to its users. While it has been difficult, it has not been impossible. Brands like Lexus, American Apparel, and Doctor Who have built strong Tumblr presences.

What do Tumblr users have to say about brands on the blog? Above all, they hope brands will provide a diverse selection of blog posts and not just focus on the selling aspect of their brand. Users want to be able to connect with brands and feel more personal with them, not feel bombarded by advertisements in between sincere blog posts.

How do you feel about brands on Tumblr?

Adapted from the Econsultancy article by David Olshanetsky entitled “How Misusing Tumblr Might Hinder Your Connection to the Teen Demographic.”

Fighting the Gen Y Stereotype

How Do Today’s HR Professionals Feel About Millennials?

-Emily, 8/14/13

There are countless stereotypes about Millennials: disloyal, lazy, incapable of leading, and so on. Are they really true? While us millennials would like to disagree, a recent study by found that many HR professionals hold these opinions.

Here are some statistics the study published:

  • 22% of HR professionals believed Millennials would make good team players
  • 14% of HR Professionals thought that Millennials were strong communicators
  • 11% of HR professionals thought Millennials would work hard

Although the results seem grim, this is not the end of the road for twenty-somethings on the job hunt. Hal M. Bundrick has a few suggestions for Millennials:

  1. Don’t discount your ability to be tech savvy. 86% of HR professionals believe Millennials are a tech savvy group, while only 35% of Millennials feel the same. Your knowledge of technology, whether it range from a mastery of Photoshop to a basic knowledge of social media websites, use what tech knowledge you have to your advantage. Companies are constantly changing and updating, and that means becoming increasingly tech-driven and mobile. Your knowledge, no matter how big or small, can always come in handy.
  2. Be a team player. Millennials have a reputation by HR Professionals to be more selfish. In your interviews, use words like collaborate, teamwork, dedication, and commitment. Focus on ways you would like to help advance the company as a whole, not your own individual career.
  3. Fine-tune your communication skills. While Millennials grew up using e-mail for personal communication, sending professional e-mails will be an important part of your career.
  4. Display your great work ethic. On your resume and in the interview process, mention past projects you’ve worked on with other companies. It is good to show how much of a hard worker you are in a world where Millennials are viewed as “lazy.”

To find out more ways to fight the Gen Y stereotype, check out Main Street’s article here.

As a millennial, how do you feel about these stereotypes?

Recruiting New Employees…On Tumblr?

How Siemens Uses Tumblr to Launch a New Global Recruitment Campaign

-Emily, 8/13/13

Can you imagine blogging to land a new career?

Siemens, a two-year program for recent graduates, recently teamed up with We Are Social to launch The Manager’s Call, a recruitment campaign run through Tumblr and streamed to Facebook.

Graduate program participants upload posts to Tumblr weekly based on the topic at hand. They tag the post under the given hashtag, comment on each other’s posts, and top participants win medals on every Sunday of the program running from June to September. The winner of the program will receive a Q&A session with a Siemens manager and personal career coaching session.

Find out more about this innovative program here.

Content courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

What Employers Think About the Job-Seeker Crop

Employers Long for Job-Seekers with “Soft Skills”

-Emily, 8/13/13

Having a good education background is crucial in today’s job market, but what are employers really looking for in prospective employees?

A recent survey by Bryant and Stratton College & Wakefield Research found that while 80% of US workers aged 18 to 34 believe they are “job ready and possess all the skills, experience and education needed to advance in their desired career path or obtain their next job,” 40% of employers believe even entry-level candidates lack the basic skills to fill these openings.

Most importantly, 93% of employers responded that they weigh “soft skills” such a problem-solving and common sense more heavily than education background when sorting through job candidates. Unfortunately, only 16% of US workers aged 18 to 34 believe that these skills were crucial for career advancement.

Fine-tuning soft skills and working on your personal brand can be the difference between you and the other person applying for the same position. It is important to showcase your skills to stand out and prove yourself as a valuable employee.

Adapted from the Main Street article by Brian O’Connell entitled “Lots of Employers Think Job-Seeker Crop is Pretty Much Useless,” courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Kickstarter Film Fest 2013

Kickstarter is a revolutionary website that connects creators with backers. This year marked the third Kickstarter Film Fest in Brooklyn, NY, where creators who were able to fun at least 100% of their projects were able to showcase what exactly their backers paid for.

Kickstarter is a site that features independent creative projects, ranging from art to music, film, technology, and beyond. People from accross the world can choose which creative projects they’d like to see develop and fund these projects accordingly. The best part is that creators keep 100% of the funds raised for their project, and if the creator is able to meet their goal of 100%, Kickstarter will donate an additional 5% of the funds to the project.

The Film Fest took place on Saturday, August 3rd. Those who weren’t able to make it can still catch a line up of what was featured here!

Content courtesy of Professor Elizabeth Elmore at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Vine Contests

Vine Users Can Get More Than Just a Laugh on This App

-Emily, 7/16/13

If you haven’t already checked it out, Vine is a cool app where you can make your own 6 second videos and upload them for others to watch. Some are inspiring, some are confusing, and some are just downright hilarious.

Brands have entered the world of Vine, expanding their audiences and communicating in an innovative way. A few brands have even taken the initiative to create contests on Vine. Contestants upload certain video entries with a particular hash tag in order to win the prize the brand has designated.

You can read more about the Vine contests here.

Now that Instagram has video as well, do you think that brands will create contests there as well?

Marketing Bootcamp

30 High School Students Tap Into the World of Digital Adverising

-Emily, 7/15/13

This week, 30 students from the Boston area were welcomed into the fast-paced world of digital marketing with the help of Digitas. Students will learn about digital marketing, public speaking, and presenting final campaigns. They will also be given the opportunity to meet individually with Digitas employees to learn about their education and work experiences and receive career guidance.

Students participating this week are from all races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Digitas believes that in order for people to succeed in a global market, all students must get a degree, regardless of who they are.

Adapted from the BostInno article by Lauren Landry entitled “30 Local High School Students Thrown Into Digitas’ Marketing Bootcamp