LinkedIn Says Companies Seeking Employees With Soft Skills

Posted by Up with People on November 14, 2018

According to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner the biggest skills gap isn’t what you might think. During the age of coding boot camps and a growing number of ways for technology to remove human interaction from the equation, it turns out the biggest skills gap has nothing to do with technology. In a recent article Jeff Weiner, who heads the world’s largest professional-networking site LinkedIn, explained, “the biggest skills gap in the United States is soft skills.” What most employers want, Weiner says, are written communication, oral communication, team-building, and leadership skills. These skills are increasingly hard to find in a …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad, Insider

Making The Most Of Winter – Daylight Saving Time

Posted by Up with People on November 8, 2018

The days are shortening and winter’s chill is taking hold in many places of the world. Winter is coming and with it the time has just changed for many. The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer and winter months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Countries have different change dates. According to many sources, DST saves energy too. Most areas in North America and Europe, and some areas in the Middle East, observe daylight saving time, while most areas of …

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Topics: Insider

It’s Up to Us

Posted by Up with People on October 30, 2018

Post from Up with People President & CEO Dale Penny Enough! It is time for action to build respect, civility, trust…and perhaps to find some common ground and unity. None of us should be proud of the way much of our society has become divided, disrespectful and even fearful of those “others” who may look, worship, believe, live or simply vote differently. Our social fabric seems to be stretched to the point of shredding and recent tragedies leave us grasping for answers.  Sadly, too many of those on whom we should depend for leadership are not helping find those answers. …

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Topics: Insider

The Top 10 Costumes Around The World

Posted by Up with People on October 25, 2018

It’s that time of the year again. Costume season! Halloween, which is celebrated in many countries like Ireland, the United States and Canada, is only a few days away. This isn’t the only excuse to get dressed up though. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—which honors deceased loved ones and ancestors is also just around the corner too. Costumes can also represent your home country no matter the time of year and we thought it would be fun to share our top 10 costumes from around the world, with a little …

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Topics: "On The Road"

An Original Gap Year

Posted by Up with People on October 18, 2018

The idea of the “gap year” has been around since the 1960’s. Originating as a time for young people to travel independently, it has grown to serve different purposes over the years. Certainly, travel remains a large aspect of a gap year, but many people also work to incorporate ways to give back, as well as to learn and grow personally. Since 1965 Up with People has been providing all of those elements and more, as one of the original gap year programs. Gap years have several roots; ranging from backpacking individuals staying in hostels, to government sponsored service in …

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Topics: Gap Year Abroad