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“To position yourself favorably for the jobs of the future, become someone who can look at problems in unorthodox ways, seeing different angles and finding workable solutions," David Tuffley wrote in an article on The Washington Post website. In the article published in early January, Tuffley writes about the jobs of the future…and how to get one. What is largest sector to get a shout out from Tuffley? Information technology. His list of jobs included analysts of many kinds, web and mobile application developers, and of course, robotic specialists. Tuffley’s other predictions are hardly surprising: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, school teachers, psychologists, financial advisors, engineers in all areas, and even sales reps and construction workers. But more importantly than job titles, Tuffley outlines what he calls “generic skills” and what are commonly called “soft skills” or social and emotional intelligence. These include:

Miguel Guerra, a STEM talk speaker for Lumity’s college and career readiness program, was named the Daily Point of Light for Volunteer Pro Bono Week. Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. [caption id="attachment_206" align="alignright" width="300"]Miguel spoke with young adults at a local technical college about careers in technology. Miguel spoke with young adults at a local technical college about careers in technology.[/caption]   Miguel graduated from Roger C. Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, Chicago and now works as a wireless consulting engineer at CDW. He is raising three children with his wife and still finds significant time to volunteer with the youth of Chicago. miguel3     Miguel began working with Lumity in 2013 to share his story with students with the hopes of providing guidance and inspiration. Miguel brings real world experience to youth between the ages of 14 and 24 (both in and out of high school) in diverse, underserved neighborhoods of Chicago. He gives students a view into the possibilities for their own lives, because they can see themselves in his story of growing up poor, being drawn into a gang and his successful effort to leave gang life behind and build an IT career that allows him to provide for a life he never dreamed possible when he was in high school. His efforts can help students see the value of breaking the cycle of drugs and violence.

You’ve probably heard that youth unemployment is high. In fact, it is more than twice that of the overall unemployment. High school and college students are finding it harder and harder to obtain a summer job or part-time job, due to the slowly recovering economy. Even worse, 5.8 million young adults aren’t connected to work or school. What can be done about it? How can education help? How can young adults gain the experience needed to get a job? Lumity and Tec Services, along with many other businesses around the state, are participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program. This program offers short term, paid opportunities to youth aged 16-24 who come from under-resourced communities.

Welcome to my first blog entry for Lumity.  I am the Director of Technology Services here and I will be writing about technology problems faced by non-profits, focusing in particular on the medium and small non-profit organizations. Today I’m focusing on the smaller non-profits.  Yes, those of you who keep your membership list on file cards or on an Excel spreadsheet.  My advice to you: upgrade and get with the program (pun intended). In the last several years, two trends have made technology so much easier for non-profits:
  • A move to the cloud.  Instead of finding or buying hardware and software, the cloud gives us both in one easy-to-use package.  You probably already use the cloud for email, right?  Well, just about anything else you need is out there as well.
  • Free to non-profits.  That cloud-based email you’re using is free, right?  Yahoo and Google aren’t sending you a monthly bill for your email.  Well, free email is just the start, particularly if you’re a non-profit organization.
Here are some examples of free, cloud-based software that you can start using tonight: File sharing Do you use your email to distribute files, for example, to your Board of Directors?  Email distribution can be effective, but you start running into problems if the files are too large or if you have to update a file after you sent it or if the receiving party’s email system blocks your email (etc).  And the larger the email list, the more headaches you have keeping it all together. One free cloud-based solution is Dropbox.  Dropbox is a secure common set of cloud-based folders that can be accessed by any authorized user from anywhere at all.  You just save your files to the Dropbox folder instead of a My Documents folder and your Board (or committee or whomever you want) can pull them down at their leisure.  Moreover, being in the cloud, the contents of your Dropbox are automatically and instantly backed up, so you’ll never lose a Dropbox-stored file to a hard drive crash. Like many firms, Dropbox offers additional features (e.g. more storage) for a fee, but the basic service is free.