Media Urged to Sustain EVD Reporting

first_imgSeveral media executives and some civil society leaders have urged journalists, media practitioners and related entities to sustain their reporting on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia.Statements urging the media to press on in their Ebola coverage resonated during a one-day seminar featuring the presentation of a report compiled by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Liberia Media Center and the Center for Media Studies and Empowerment (CEMESP) in Monrovia on the media’s handling of the Ebola crisis.The three media institutions’ report targeted six independent newspapers that reflected extensive coverage of the Ebola virus outbreak and its ferocious spread across the country.Media executives informed the participants attending the seminar that the monitoring and review of Ebola coverage in the media was conducted in November 2014.They also explained that during the period under review 215 EVD stories were reported in the print media and several others in the electronic media in the country.The media monitoring also reflected that a majority of the Ebola related stories concentrated on the nation’s capital Monrovia and the greater Montserrado communities.The media report further pointed out that the media entities did not concentrate in areas many Liberians describe as ‘hard to reach counties’ particularly Grand Kru, Gbarpolu, River Gee and Sinoe.Regarding the level of professionalism exhibited by media entities in their EVD coverage, the group reported that the media generally maintained a relatively good level of professionalism in their coverage of the outbreak.The report also indicated that there were instances, especially during the peak of the disaster where some ethical considerations were disregarded.The group cited as an example the Daily Observer’s September 9, 2014 edition which published a commentary entitled ‘Ebola, AIDS Manufactured By Western Pharmaceuticals, US DOD’ which was written by a Liberian plant pathologist Dr. Cyril Broderick.Scientific statistics released by the three media groups placed the independent Daily Observer newspaper at the top among local dailies for reporting 76 EVD stories and dedicating 28.6 pages in 12 publications.The media groups’ statistics placed Frontpage Africa second with 55 stories and 32 pages in 11 publications devoted to EVD. The New Democrat came in third place with 36 stories and 19.25 pages on EVD.Women’s Voices carried 28 stories in eight editions on 11.45 pages while the Informer newspaper accumulated in two publications 11 stories on 3.9 pages.In addition, the Public Agenda newspaper reported nine Ebola related stories in three publications investing 2.75 pages.In some interactions with seminar participants, it was revealed that strict travel curbs to heavily infected areas and high risk were responsible for the low coverage in some areas of the country.The participants however, thanked the organizers of the media monitoring initiative and underscored the urgent need for consideration of the logistical capacity of media representatives covering the post-Ebola virus challenges.PUL president Kamara A. Kamara urged the media to now concentrate on post-Ebola challenges in their reporting.He also advocated that journalists continue sensitizing residents, business entities and foreign nationals to observe the preventive measures issued by medical agencies and the Liberian Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Government congratulates Muslims on devotion and sacrifice during Ramadan

first_imgThe Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana congratulates all Muslims on their sacrifice, fortitude, resilience, devotion and spiritual renewal during the month of Ramadan. The Government wishes Eid Mubarak to all Muslims as we join in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the completion of the holy month of Ramadan.After a month of spiritual growth through unwavering dedication and sacrifice, our Muslim brothers and sisters not only celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr but also engage in selfless acts of charity and in lending a helping hand in lifting the condition of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. It is the fundamental message of equality and brotherhood which is espoused by Islam.Eid-ul-Fitr is in essence and practice a day of celebration, reflection, graduation and spiritual elevation. After an entire month of abstinence and sacrifice, Muslims rejoice in the month past, engendering the deepening of brotherhood among all mankind and in the elevation of the spirit and soul and the strengthening of faith.May the day be filled with warm and enjoyable celebrations and festivities and may the lessons of Ramadan be practiced and embraced all year as we rally together and strive as a nation to elevate the condition of all Guyanese.last_img read more

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Every Prem club ranked by progress made this season – from dismay to delight

first_img 6. Manchester United – With the most star-studded squad in the Premier League, many anticipated United would be near the top of the table, certainly not outside the top four. Their style of play has noticeable improved – as it should do with Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan now in the team – and they have added a League Cup to their trophy cabinet, but there’s plenty of work to do. It looks as though they’ll be without Champions League football for another season. 4. Tottenham Hotspur – Mauricio Pochettino has confidently confirmed that his current crop of players are not one-season wonders. Spurs might not boast the glamour, expensive names of their rivals but, along with Chelsea, they crucially have arguably the most balanced team in the top flight. Their poor performances in Europe will be a concern, however, as will the damage to striker Harry Kane’s ankle. 1. Chelsea – While the Blues have a team all would agree are capable of winning the Premier League title, few anticipated they would recover so well from a rotten last season. Antonio Conte has lived up to his reputation as a master tactician, giving freedom to what had been a restricted attacking unit and assembling the league’s joint toughest defence. Add to that the securing of last season’s standout performer, N’Golo Kante, and Chelsea’s transformation has been remarkable. 17. West Ham United – It was an embarrassing start to the campaign for the Hammers, beginning with their failure to qualify for the Europa League – a competition club owners will have expected the London Stadium to host in its first season. They have recovered to move mid-table, but Slaven Bilic’s job is still said to be under threat. There’s a lot of work to be done with the first team squad. 5. West Bromwich Albion – Tony Pulis has found a good balance of attack and defence, which looks to be leading the Baggies to an improved standing in the table from last season’s position of 14th. They do leave much to be desired in the final third, but have improved considerably from an underwhelming 2015/16 term. There will be concern at the back-to-back defeats suffered this month, however. 20 20 16. Watford – The Hornets will again, as it stands, comfortably secure Premier League safety. But there’s been minimal improvement from the team. They simply don’t score enough and this year have hugely struggled in this department. Unless they work on signing a striker in the summer transfer window, it will only be a matter of time before they drop down the table. 20 20 12. Swansea City – The Swans have been a welcome addition to the top flight since their promotion in 2011. But this term and the last has seen the club fall into a relegation battle. Their style of play deserves better, but they have been lacking in character on the pitch. Under the guidance of Paul Clement, however, spirit has risen, with their form this year lifting the club away from the drop zone. 20 15. Leicester City – It’s been a difficult campaign for the Foxes, with the threat of relegation forcing club chiefs to dismiss Claudio Ranieri, the manager responsible for the greatest Premier League title triumph in history. But while their domestic form has been disappointing, their progress in the Champions League has been excellent. Through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla in the last 16, history continues to be made at the King Power Stadium. Craig Shakespeare, despite criticism at his promotion from assistant to manager following Ranieri’s exit, is currently getting the best out of the team. 3. Manchester City – City might not have sustained their form as anticipated, but the progress being made is obvious. It’s clear Pep Guardiola isn’t satisfied with his first team but rather than sulk over his options, the Spanish coach has been unafraid to make bold decisions in personnel. It’s been thrilling to see Guardiola get to grips with life at the Etihad. 11. Hull City – The Tigers were expected to struggle after a tumultuous summer and have adapted better than anticipated to the top flight. They might be fighting relegation, but the club and their support will have been under no illusions at how difficult this season would be. They’ve far from given up the fight with new manager Marco Silva, who replaced Mike Phelan after less than three months since his caretaker role had become permanent, at the start of this year. 20. Sunderland – click the arrow above, right, to find out where your team ranks on the progress they’ve made this season – The Black Cats have surely run out of time in the top flight. Jermain Defoe got the team out of jail last season, but such a miraculous run at the end of this term isn’t anticipated. David Moyes hasn’t transformed the squad in any way and, in reality, they aren’t good enough to take a place in the Premier League. 20 20 20 20 10. Bournemouth – It’s been a slightly better campaign, so far, from the Cherries. But while they have improved in the final third, Eddie Howe’s defence remains a problem. Howe has to move his attention away from attractive football and to adding the discipline necessary of any top flight team. 20 20 20 20 8. Liverpool – An excellent start to the campaign saw the title hopes of the Reds being talked up; slowly but surely, however, the same old cracks started to show. Vulnerable in defence and midfield compared to their top four rivals, Jurgen Klopp’s intimidating attacking trio is relied on too heavily. Liverpool are, realistically, years off from being serious contenders for the Premier League trophy and have to act in the market. 14. Southampton – Another summer of key first team exits seems to finally be taking its toll on the Saints. The club finished sixth with 63 points last season, but it’s been a challenging mid-table campaign this time around. Injury to Charlie Austin was a major spanner in the works, with their goal threat taking a notable nosedive. The arrival of Manolo Gabbiadini in January, however, has sparked much-needed life into the team. 20 20 20 19. Crystal Palace – A woeful 2016 resulted in the axing of Alan Pardew a couple of days before Christmas. His replacement, Sam Allardyce, had to wait a month before sealing his first victory, suggesting their problems were deep-rooted. They have, however, won their last two games, resulting in their breaking out of the bottom three. It’s taken a while, but they could slowly be beginning to move towards survival. 9. Arsenal – It’s been more of the same from Arsenal, if not a little worse. Their inability to seriously challenge for the Premier League title and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals continue, but still Arsene Wenger refuses to be drawn into the reality of the situation in north London. His future and that of key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil has been an unnecessary distraction, too. This season is on course to be the one that sees the Gunners drop out of the top four. 20 13. Stoke City – The Potters currently sit ninth, a position they have finished in for the last four seasons. There’s no better evidence to highlight the little progression Stoke are making, even if they are one of the most consistent sides in the top flight. Mark Hughes isn’t doing much wrong, but the team could certainly benefit from being livened up. Having to call on veteran striker Peter Crouch isn’t good enough. 20 18. Middlesbrough – Boro have offered nothing to the top flight. Last season they combined attack with defence perfectly in the Championship, but have been totally unprepared for life in England’s leading division. Aitor Karanka was busy in last summer’s market, yet their style of play has been the most monotonous of any team. 20 20 2. Everton – Ronald Koeman has expectedly lifted the Toffees’ position in the top flight from that of a mid-table unit to a side battling for a spot in Europe. Romelu Lukaku is enjoying the finest goalscoring form of his career, while the club’s signings in the summer and winter market have instantly improved the team. A few more additions and they could be another team to pose a significant threat to the league’s customary top four. Progress – that’s the very least of expectations in sport.Senior officials want evidence that their team is moving forward, while the players similarly have to respond to such demands on their manager.In the Premier League this season, as ever, there’s been a mixture in progression for each club.Some have evidently enhanced their top flight reputation, others on the other hand, have gone backwards.So, with this in mind, we’ve ranked each Premier League team on the progress they’ve made this season. Scroll through the gallery above to check out where your side has been placed. 7. Burnley – Only three teams have come away with a win from Turf Moor this season. The Clarets’ form on the road has been terrible, but on home soil they’ve been outstanding. Improvements in the summer market should help to see the Clarets at last settle in the top flight. last_img read more

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Watch Peterborough midfielder Michael Bostwick mistake steward for a teammate

first_imgLuminous clothing belongs in poorly lit areas for improved visibility.So why the colour was ever chosen to grace football pitches with floodlights remains a mystery.And Peterborough midfielder Michael Bostwick was left cursing his club’s choice of kit after mistaking a pitch-side steward for a teammate.The embarrassing mishap happened during Saturday’s League One victory over rivals Northampton Town.But rather than reading the picture and playing an inch-perfect pass to his fullback, Bostwick was left to apologise as he realised exactly what he had done.last_img read more

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Ex-Liverpool target wanted by Man United, PSG star rejected Premier League move

first_img 2 Manchester United may look to Timo Werner – recently linked with rivals Liverpool 0 to solve their striker shortage Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier rejected a move to Everton in the summer over the lack of European football on offer at Goodison Park. (Het Laatste Nieuws)Newcastle United scouts are monitoring 20-year-old Lilleand Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen. (Chronicle)Chelsea have added Atalanta’s 26-year-old Ukraine midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi to their list of transfer targets for next summer. (Daily Express)Millwall are in advanced talks with Gary Rowett over becoming the Championship club’s new manager. (Daily Telegraph) Toby Alderweireld insists the Tottenham squad are playing for under-pressure boss Mauricio Pochettino getty center_img 2 Manchester United are set to offer a new contract to 19-yer-old midfielder Angel Gomes, amid interest from Barcelona in the Englishman. (The Sun)Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he wants 33-year-old Olivier Giroud to stay at Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman is unhappy with his lack of first-team football at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Telegraph)Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is aiming to make his return from an ankle injury in the the Gunners’ Premier League clash against Sheffield Unitedon Monday night. (Daily Mail)Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says in-crisis Spurs are still ‘fighting’ for manager Mauricio Pochettino after their late draw against bottom-of-the-table Watford. (Daily Telegraph) talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online…Real Madridare monitoring Borussia Dortmundand England winger Jadon Sancho. (El Desmarque)Manchester United No.2 Mike Phelan has admitted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he needs to spend big if he is going to turn things around at Manchester United. (The Sun)Manchester Unitedmanager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 23, who has previously been linked with Liverpool. (Daily Express)last_img read more

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Brand South Africa lights up the sky for Mandela

first_img13 December 2013People living near the centre of Johannesburg will be able to witness a unique light show each night until Sunday as Brand South Africa projects the colours of the national flag into the sky from Constitution Hill.The sky lights were first lit up on Wednesday, and will be lit up daily from 6pm to 2pm until Sunday night, the day of Mandela’s burial at his birthplace in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.“One of the greatest gifts [Mandela] bequeathed to this nation is the courage and strength to believe in a tomorrow that is better than today, a tomorrow in which our people live in dignity and prosperity,” Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya said in a statement following Mandela’s passing last Thursday.“It is now up to each of us to carry his work forward, to play our part to ensure his legacy endures and South Africa continues to inspire triumph over seemingly insurmountable challenges.”Constitution Hill, overlooking the city of Johannesburg, is more than just the site of South Africa’s Constitutional Court – the highest court in the country on constitutional matters.The multi-million rand Constitution Hill development was one of South Africa’s most ambitious public building projects following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and gave rise to some of the new South Africa’s most admired architecture.A multi-purpose, multi-faceted heritage precinct in the heart of the city, Constitution Hill was built on the 100-acre site of a century-old prison complex where the leaders of every major South African liberation group – Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among them – were once detained.A journey to the section of Constitution Hill’s Old Fort complex that was reserved for black men, Number Four, deepens one’s understanding of how the apartheid system made criminals of “non-whites”. Number Four was once home to prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe and the students of the 1976 Soweto uprising.Mandela spent two weeks in the Old Fort’s Awaiting Trial Block, now demolished, in December 1956, before being transferred to Pretoria for the remainder of the lengthy Treason Trial.And in August 1962, he spent a few weeks in the Old Fort hospital. He wasn’t ill, but he was kept there because of his status, and possibly because it was believed that he could more easily escape from Number Four, where the other black male prisoners were kept.Housed in the cell where Mandela was held prisoner, a permanent exhibition documents the time that he spent both at Robben Island and at the Old Fort.Entrance to Constitution Hill is free.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Entrepreneurship key to jobs for youth

first_imgA young craft artist at work in Upington in the Northern Cape, one of the poorest regions of South Africa. Selling craftwork is one small business that allows the unemployed to survive in the economy better than they did before. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Sandisiwe Gugushe Public Relations International: Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 +27 73 126 9128 sandisiweg@brandsouthafrica.com • CNN’s Richard Quest examines the rise of Africa• Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman• Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa • The dividend of democracy: 20 years of economic growth • Global perceptions key to competitiveness and foreign investment By Shamin ChibbaIf South Africa is to overcome its problem of high youth unemployment, young men and women should look to running their own small businesses – and be taught how to do it from a young age. This was one of the ideas discussed at the CNN-Brand South Africa breakfast forum with CNN anchor Richard Quest, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 13 May 2013.The English-born journalist, who anchors Quest Means Business on CNN International, led a discussion that looked at South Africa’s role in the rest of Africa and in the world.Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive, said an environment must be created in which entrepreneurial spirit and culture could thrive, but this would only be possible if entrepreneurship education started at a young age. “I have heard comments that entrepreneurship is something that happens when people are out of work. But I think we need a concerted and focused effort around youth entrepreneurship education.”Part of that education, he said, would be to make young people understand that failure is a part of being an entrepreneur and that perseverance was needed to get through hard times. But, Matola added, support structures would have to be there to ensure failed entrepreneurs did not fall out of the economy. “If you look in the US, a lot of entrepreneurs have failed before, but the system does not necessarily discard them,” he said. “What it does is give them another opportunity. We need to create mechanisms for that.”He said organisations funding entrepreneurs should learn to manage and deal with failed businesspeople. “It’s about how we coach, and mentor, and put back into the system those entrepreneurs – as opposed to discarding them.”When Quest asserted that South Africa had done a poor job of training entrepreneurs, Telkom South Africa chair Jabu Mabuza disagreed. Small enterprises, he said, are helping people survive the economy better than before.Colin Coleman, managing director of Goldman Sachs South Africa, said he encouraged budding entrepreneurs to start businesses as they have the potential to grow. He gave mobile network giant MTN as an example of a thriving South African company that grew from nothing. “Go for it, find your opportunity, find the capital and go build a business, because I think businesses will grow.” Young people’s place in democracyThe day before the forum, Quest was guest host for an hour on Gauteng’s Talk Radio 702. He said he was astonished at the number of young callers to the show who claimed not to have voted in the national elections on 7 May. “I couldn’t understand – especially in a country with a history of recent blood being shed so that people of all colours and races could vote.”But Matola countered that he believed the youth, particularly the “born frees” who only recently reached voting age, were becoming aware of their rights, responsibilities and the role they could play in sustaining the country’s democracy. “If you look at the comments of one of the young people today, the youth are basically crying out to get involved,” he said.Matola was talking about Bonolo Ramokhele, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers programme, who claimed young South Africans were left out of discussions that would directly affect their future.It was important for the youth to play a part in ensuring they could shape the future of the country, Matola said. “This being the first election for the born frees, one hopes they gleaned insight from this, they learned from this and they really come to an understanding of how they need to exercise their democratic right to shape the future they want for this country.”He suggested that for young South Africans to become more involved, organisers of discussions such as the breakfast forum should ensure there was a panellist representing the youth.last_img read more

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How to Dress for an Interview

first_imgYou’ve landed an interview for your dream job. While you may need to rehearse your answers to interview questions and brush up on your knowledge of the potential employer, you must also make one crucial decision: What to wear?!You may have heard the traditional advice to only wear black or navy to a job interview, but times have changed. In fact, there are very few hard and fast rules. “Black, navy, or gray are often ‘safe’ colors, but if that’s not who you are at work, it’s a lie to dress like someone you’re not,” says Darcy Eikenberg, executive coach, founder of Red Cape Revolution and author of Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence and Control. “Rather than sticking with safe colors, you should always wear something that fits you well, that you’re comfortable in, and that reflects your natural style and personality.”While a navy suit may not be the best fit for every job interview, selecting your outfit—and its color—is still an important decision. But how do you present yourself professionally while keeping true to who you are? When determining what to wear to your next job interview, consider these 5 tips to dress for success:1. Keep it Personal: Your entire job search should be about you—knowing who you are, what you have to offer, and how you want to be seen by others. Planning your interview outfit is an extension of this process. “Color can be a great way to communicate your personality, or it can be distracting if it seems out of place,” Eikenberg says. “Think about who you are and how you want to be seen at this new company.”While the specific colors you choose may not be the most important thing, Eikenberg recommends choosing them carefully. “If your clothes are more neutral, you might add a touch of color in your tie, a piece of jewelry, or even shoes if it feels like that communicates who you are,” she says. “But when in doubt, leave it out. You want them to notice you, not your clothes.”2. Consider the Company: It’s important that you present your true self in a job interview, but you should also think carefully about the needs and preferences of the employer. Try to find common ground: What kind of image works for you personally, but would also make the interviewer realize that you may be a fit within the company? Keep in mind that if your style doesn’t mesh with the style of the organization, the job may not be a good fit for you.If you know people who work at the company, start by asking them what types of clothing and colors are appropriate. “If you live near the company, drive by the parking lot and take a glimpse at what employees are wearing,” Eikenberg suggests. “You can also ask your recruiter about the dress code and get specific advice.” Plus, don’t forget to check out the office photos of a company, shared by employees, on Glassdoor to see what the company culture, its people and the work environment look and feel like – This will give you some great added perspective.If everyone in the company wears black, navy or gray, it’s probably best to stick with conservative clothing. But if the job opportunity would require you to show a sense of style, creativity, or fashion, choose your clothes to send a unique message. “A more colorful palette may be just right in a startup, but out of place in an investment bank,” Eikenberg says.3. Plan a Dress Rehearsal: Don’t wait until the morning of your interview to make sure your clothes fit and match. Eikenberg recommends trying on your entire outfit, including shoes and accessories, several days before the interview. “Walk around,” she says. “Sit down. Ask a family member or friend to look you over. There’s nothing worse than rushing out the door and realizing that you have a button loose, a spot on your favorite button-down, or your skirt’s too short to sit without fidgeting.”4. Consider the Effects of Video. If you’re preparing for a Skype interview or any other type of video interview, which is increasingly common, realize that certain patterns and colors will create a better video presentation. “Be wary of patterned clothes,” Eikenberg says. “Patterned shirts and jackets create blurry lines on video; instead, stick with clean, solid lines on your upper body.” For video, you’ll also want to be careful of similar colors as your skin tone as it can wash you out.To get ideas, pay attention to what your local news team wears on TV, Eikenberg says. You’ll likely notice classic clothing that is often colorful, but rarely busy.5. Don’t Overstress Your Outfit. While answering the “what to wear” question is certainly crucial for your upcoming interview, don’t spend too much time focused on your clothing, as you don’t want to procrastinate on preparing for the actual interview itself. Your clothing needs attention, “but it’s just one of the many things you want to do in advance of an interview,” Eikenberg says. “It might seem easier to go shopping than to call a colleague who used to work at the company and ask more about the job and company, but the latter will increase your chances of getting a job offer.”Have you interviewed at a company? Let others know what it was like by sharing an anonymous interview review on Glassdoor.last_img read more

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Why Every Company Is Becoming a Tech Company (And What it Means for You)

first_imgOnce upon a time, positions like data scientist and mobile developer could only be found in the offices of the tech titans like Google, Facebook and Amazon. Fast forward to today, companies of every industry and size are hiring for these highly technical roles, even in more traditional organizations. It’s a change that’s been happening bit by bit over the years, but the trend was particularly noticeable in 2016, according to Glassdoor Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain. As awareness around how advanced technology can drive business value goes mainstream, every company is transitioning to become a tech company in some way. Healthcare companies bring in economists and data scientists to make sense of the massive amount of data coming out of medical trials and treatments. Financial companies hire developers to build mobile apps and secure their data. And retail companies like Walmart are building full-blown research facilities complete with machine learning experts to increase automation.[Related: See Open Jobs Hiring In Your Area!]For workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the benefits are obvious. The choice isn’t just between IT admin and software engineer anymore — there are now more diverse, cutting-edge positions available than ever before. Job seekers no longer have to travel to tech hubs like San Francisco or New York City to find these jobs either. As demand for these positions grows among traditional organizations, job seekers have more choice among where — and for what industry — they want to work. And naturally, with increased demand comes increased leverage to secure the salary and benefits that you want.[Related: 5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes You Made in 2016]But the advantages of a growing number of specialized tech workers aren’t just limited to those with a STEM background. The insights and results that these workers are able to achieve often help the entire organization. Data scientists within a marketing team, for example, are able to sift through the many different metrics around engagement and sales in order to analyze which marketing efforts have been the most successful and why. Ultimately, the team gains valuable knowledge that they can use to optimize their efforts moving forward.In addition, companies are finding that they have to step up their game in order to recruit talent in a competitive market. More and more employers are attempting to stand out from the competition by offering their workers flexible work arrangements, casual office environments and enhanced benefits packages — perks that trickle down to the entire team. And, at a much more macro level, significant bumps in hiring tend to stimulate economic growth in general, which benefits the country at a whole.[Related: The Best and Worst Industries for Benefits]Major shifts in hiring trends can often cause a fair amount of anxiety, but they also present great opportunity. While the current spike in hiring for specialized tech workers is still in its early stages, there are a lot of reasons for workers across the board to be optimistic. As we’ve seen time and time again, the ones who benefit the most from innovation and change are those who embrace it.last_img read more

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