Category Archives: Business and Technology

Careers in Business Analysis and Project Management

8232Simply stated, project management, or PM, is a process of organizing and managing resources that deliver a completed product, service, or result that is completed within time, cost, and quality constraints and meets or exceeds the needs and expectations of the customer. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

The bad news is that less than 50% of all projects succeed.

The good news is that there’s never been a better time to become a project manager!

Smart businesses in all industries understand the value they can gain from project management, including lower costs, increased efficiency, higher customer satisfaction, and greater competitive advantages. In the coming years, organizations that want to sustain and leverage these gains will increase their advantages by embedding PM processes and developing PMOs in their organizations. These will all contribute to the increased need for Project Managers.

But before any project gets started, organizations need to determine problems, identify business needs and recommend viable solutions. This is where the role of the Business Analyst comes into play.

Watch Careers in Business Analysis and Project Management to learn about these dynamic fields from Project Management Institute (PMI) representatives. Discover the basic components of these disciplines, career paths, and the various certification opportunities.

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San Diego’s Talent Equation

8232Talent… it’s the key to staying competitive. That’s not just sage advice for some would-be performer auditioning for a plum role. It is a truism that applies to both employees and employers alike as they look to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

The good news is that San Diego has talent in abundance. In its recent study “Talent: Where San Diego Stands,” the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, led by Mark Cafferty, found that the region added more than 72,000 degree holders in 2014 alone, which was more than any other similar metro area. In addition, San Diego ranked second in the growth of degree-holding millennials when compared to such peer metros as Austin, Denver, San Francisco and San Jose.

While that mass of talent is positive for the local economy, it also means that there is plenty of competition when it comes to landing a job.

Join Mark Cafferty and UC San Diego Extension’s Director of Research, Josh Shapiro as they detail what skills are most in demand for the fastest-growing careers both in San Diego and around the nation. Also, see how San Diego stacks up in the talent equation compared to other competitive cities and what that means for the economy and your career.

Watch San Diego’s Talent Equation with Mark Cafferty.

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How the Defense and Aerospace Industries Shape San Diego’s Innovation Economy

8232Over the last 30 years, San Diego’s economy has emerged from a primarily military and defense contracting town into one of the leading innovation regions in America.

The term “innovation economy” is often used as an umbrella to capture businesses focused on everything from biotech and environmental applications to defense and wireless communications. They’re also interchangeably referred to as tech companies.

Key to San Diego’s innovation economy and identity are the aerospace and communications sectors, creating markets from drones to next-generation wireless communications. Explore the visionary technology igniting these industries and the implications this growth has to further propel San Diego as a leading global city. This program features nationally celebrated journalist James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine and executives from global technology leaders ViaSat, Solar Turbines and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

Watch Innovation Crossroads: From Drones to Cell Phones: How the Defense and Aerospace Industries Shape San Diego’s Innovation Economy.

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Riding the Wave of Ingenuity

8232Surfing in the Olympics? Fernando Aguerre dreams big!

A lifelong love of surfing propelled him from law school in Argentina to co-founding the iconic surf brand Reef in California and then leading the international campaign to make surfing an Olympic sport. He followed his heart, which as attorney John Gartman explains, is the key to unlocking creativity and innovation. Watch Aguerre and Gartman inspire high school students to ride their own waves of ingenuity on The STEAM Channel.

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Up Next: Perspectives on the Future of Everything

8232Some folks believe that peering into a crystal ball can predict the future. Others believe in the power of divination or fortune telling. While the methods differ, the question is usually the same. What does the future have in store?

Marty Lasden and co-producer, lawyer/author Eric Berkowitz, try to distinguish the prophets from the crackpots as they consider everything from genetic engineering to Judaism to the future of work in the series Up Next: Perspectives on the Future of Everything.

8232The Future of Work

Way back in 1987, when the Internet was still a novelty, Thomas Malone predicted the advent of electronic buying, selling, and outsourcing. Then, just a few years later, he coined the term “E-lancer” to describe the new crop of freelance workers emerging in the information economy. And in 2004, he published a book called The Future of Work. In this edition of Up Next, Malone, who is a professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, considers how, if at all, workers will be able to survive and thrive in the decades ahead.

8232The Future of Marriage

In Medieval times, marriage was very different than it is today. Marriages were often based on political arrangements, and women often didn’t get to choose whom they would marry, or even know their future husband beforehand. If love was involved at all, it came after the couple had been married. In this edition of Up Next, leading family studies scholar Stephanie Coontz talks about the changing nature of marriage and how well the institution is likely to fare in the decades ahead.

Browse all of the programs in the series Up Next: Perspectives on the Future of Everything.

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