“It’s all about the talent,” says Mary Walshok, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at UC San Diego. “Regions that are developing people across the spectrum of employment opportunities – not just rocket scientists but welders – are regions that have much more competitiveness.” How does where you live stack up and how do you develop the skill set to succeed in the modern global job market? On this edition of Job Won, Walshok joins host Phil Blair to discuss the need for job seekers, as well as cities, to embrace adaptability, the impact of project-based learning, and how to effectively bundle your skills.
After eight months of activities and curriculum the UCSB New Venture Competition culminated with six teams presenting a pitch and a question-and-answer session for a panel of expert judges and an enthusiastic audience of peers, faculty and mentors.
The finalist teams, pared down from an initial pool of 32, represented diverse technologies and industries. The top six teams were: MoreSolar, utilizing wind power as a novel method for cleaning solar panels to increase efficiency; Adomi, addressing California’s housing shortage with a scalable solution that is also profitable to homeowners; Okra Systems, software for engineers that streamlines the process of selecting and qualifying microcontrollers; Snip, a social media platform for podcast lovers that allows users to curate and share podcasts; Soilight utilizing the microbes in soil to provide energy for low-powered applications; and Veneta, a web- and mobile-based software service that streamlines inventory management research labs.
Meet these young tech entrepreneurs and see who landed in the top spot.
There are many paths to finding the career that makes you excited to go to work every day. Mary Walshok, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Programs; Dean, UC San Diego Extension explains how your personal and cultural values can shape your career journey. Andy Kieatiwong shares his story of going from student to CEO and how leveraging your college experiences can set you up for success.
53,000. That is the number of young adults ages 16–24 in San Diego County who are NOT in school or working. This is a shocking statistic — and one that must change. The story is not final, but we must act now to flip the script from “disconnection” to “opportunity.” These are opportunity youth. When we engage young people through jobs, school and community, we all win. When we don’t, the long-term impact is devastating on every level. Flip the Script: 53,000 Reasons to Change the Story of San Diego’s Opportunity Youth addresses the disconnection crisis and focuses on solutions.
Did you know that San Diego is one of the world’s regional hotbeds for drone technologies? Join Tim McConnell, Director of Engineering at 3D Robotics, Inc. as he shares the unlikely story of his company’s genesis and explores the amazing opportunities and possibilities in an industry where truly, the sky is the limit.
Or perhaps you’d like to explore opportunities in the field of sustainability. With Jared Criscuolo, president of Rising Tide Partners as your guide, you’ll discover what skills are needed to launch a career in this increasingly important field. You’ll also learn about the Sustainable Business Practices professional certificate program and how it can help you reach your professional goals.
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