Trends and Business News

Turn That Soul-Crushing Conference Into a Win

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 05:53
How to rise above the dreary rounds of networking and breakout sessions and get more out of a conference.

'Genius Grant' Winners Include Cartoonist, Engineer

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 00:53
A cartoonist, a mathematician and an environmental engineer are among this year's 21 recipients of MacArthur fellowships, colloquially known as "genius grants."

How to Moonlight Without the Worry

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:02
There are ways to align your day job with your other interests.

Companies Curb Use of Outside Law Firms

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:51
Many companies are cutting back on their use of outside law firms, and having staff attorneys handle midlevel deals or contracts.

Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo

WSJ Careers - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:09
The Obama administration and governors from Michigan to North Carolina have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector's woes: German-style apprenticeship programs. But American firms are reluctant to buy in.

German Training for U.S. Factory Workers

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:21
German robotics company Festo wants to make American factory workers more tech-savvy. The company's educational division, which offers training programs, is expanding in the U.S.

Employees' Children Give Company an Earful on Social Causes

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:09
The youngsters gather weekly at Royal DSM's North America headquarters to develop recommendations for how the company can help people in developing countries and elsewhere.

For Some Grads, College Isn't Worth the Debt

WSJ Careers - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:10
Roughly a quarter of college graduates with jobs are earning barely more than those with a high-school diploma, stoking debate about whether too many Americans have too little to show for all their student debt.

Are Colleges Producing Career-Ready Graduates?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 22:09
In their new book 'Aspiring Adults Adrift,' sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa say parents and employers should ask whether schools are doing much to help students become productive adults.

More Parents Foot the Bill for Business School

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:44
Prospective business students are trying to steer clear of student loans. Instead, they're sidling up to more familiar investors: their parents.

What It Takes to Put On an Instagram-Ready Show

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 21:03
At New York Fashion Week, a handful of in-demand producers are responsible for creating captivating, Instagram-ready shows for many brands.

'Sea Turtles' Travel Home to China

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:39
Native executives who return home from overseas are prized by Chinese firms because they understand the nuances of Chinese culture and can draw upon Western practices to help their new employers expand.

U.S. Companies Taking Longer to Hire

WSJ Careers - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:18
Employers are taking longer—25 working days, on average—to fill vacant positions. That's a 13-year high. Here's why.

Help Wanted: Librarians, Sea Captains

WSJ Careers - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:29
Labor shortages are expected for scores of professions, including librarians and sea captains, according to the Conference Board. Some shortages result from growth outpacing the number of people trained.

Firms Use Charitable Programs as a Recruiting Tool

WSJ Careers - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:07
Chief financial officers are finding that giving away money, time and products to charitable causes is a good way to attract young talent.

Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

WSJ Careers - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 11:53
The Saturday Essay: American physicians are increasingly sick of their once-vaunted profession, and that malaise is bad for patients. But physicians can still save themselves—and us.

Bike-Sharing Rolls Into Suburban Workplaces

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 23:32
An office park in Whippany, N.J., about an hour's drive from Manhattan, is offering a perk more associated with city life: shared bicycles to run errands, fetch lunch or exercise outdoors.

Where Are New York's Bedbugs Now?

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:29
Metro Money: At the peak of the invasion, the little vampires were found in schools, stores and movie theaters.

Size Matters for Corporate Boards

WSJ Careers - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:52
Companies with fewer board members outperformed their peers, while those with more directors underperformed, according to data analyzed for The Wall Street Journal.

Putting It All on the Line at the U.S. Open

WSJ Careers - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:04
Line umpires at a Grand Slam tournament, such as the U.S. Open, are all but invisible most of the time; that is, until they get the call wrong.