Category Archives: Business and Technology

Entrepreneurial Insights from the Pros

8232UC Santa Barbara’s Technology Management Program taps into its extensive network of business professional and entrepreneurs who have distinguished themselves as experts in their fields — and you get a front row seat. This month several new programs are being added to the already extensive archive.

You’ll definitely want to check out these recently added speakers:

Marc Randolph – Award-winning entrepreneur

Todd Stone – Marketing and communications experts and Army vet

Thomas Tighe – CEO of Direct Relief

Ben Casnocha – Technology entrepreneur and executive

Trip Hawkins – PC and game industry pioneer

Mark Coopersmith – Fortune 500 executive

Libby Gill – Executive coach

Take advantage of the rare opportunity to learn directly from those who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work.

Browse all videos from the Technology Management Program.


All Aboard for STEAM in San Diego!

8232Oh, to be a student in the San Diego Unified School District and get to spend a day aboard the USS Midway. STEAM leaders from around the region welcomed some 300 middle and high-schoolers to the ship and fired them up to consider careers in designing satellites, electric cars, airplanes, algae-fueled motorcycles and even back-friendly bicycles.

Hear what moves them in From the Skies to the Streets.


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.


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.


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.