The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 22 new MacArthur Fellows for 2011. Among them is public historian Tiya Mills. Other individuals who were identified work across a broad spectrum: an architect, a sports medicine researcher, a cellist, a developmental biologist, a radio producer, a neuropathologist, a conservator, a poet, and a technologist. They were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future.
Ann Fudge, who rose through the ranks at Kraft General Foods before taking the helm at Young and Rubicam, explains how she approaches hiring and layoffs.
Ann M. Fudge is the Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global marketing communications network. Fudge received a BA degree from Simmons College and an MBA from Harvard University. She served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Young & Rubicam from 2003 to the end of 2006. Prior to joining Young & Rubicam, Ms. Fudge worked at General Mills and at General Foods, where she served in a number of positions including president of Kraft General Foods, Maxwell House Coffee Company and president of Kraft’s Beverages, Desserts and Post Divisions. Ms. Fudge is a director of Novartis AG, the Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation and is on the board of overseers of Harvard University.
According to a recent CareerBuilder college survey, one-in-four hiring managers say relevant experience is the top thing they look for in a new graduate. If you can find a paid internship or can afford to take an unpaid one, more power to you. You have a head start on the job market. For the rest of you — even if you’ve never worked in an office — your college days have given you more experience than you might think. You just need to strategically market your campus activities.
Before you write your résumé, consider your:
At a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion, they also have a more positive view than men about the value higher education provides, according to a nationwide Pew Research Center survey. Half of all women who have graduated from a four-year college give the U.S. higher education system excellent or good marks for the value it provides given the money spent by students and their families; only 37% of male graduates agree. In addition, women who have graduated from college are more likely than men to say their education helped them to grow both personally and intellectually.
Also, while a majority of Americans believe that a college education is necessary in order to get ahead in life these days, the public is somewhat more inclined to see this credential as a necessity for a woman than for a man. Some 77% of respondents say this about women, while just 68% say it about men.
In the next seven years, more than a million jobs will open up that require specialized technology skills, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But there won’t be enough qualified college graduates to fill them. Are we doing enough to get kids interested in math and science?
Chemical engineering majors are at the top, with an average salary offer of $66,886. Computer science majors are at #2, with an average offer of $63,017. Information sciences majors were offered an average $56,868.