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The Gardian Blog

The Gardian Blog, featured in Alltop and Association Universe, serves as a rich content library that illuminates topics and issues of importance to the association community, particularly as they relate to professional development.

Inclusivity: It’s more than words

Exclusion doesn’t just happen on the playground; it occurs in just about every social and professional setting. And as such, it’s time for a culture change, says Elizabeth Engel, chief strategist for Spark Consulting, and Sherry Marts, president and CEO of S*Marts Consulting.

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Navigating the millennial maze

Increasingly, it seems businesses are turning to post-graduation internships to fill slots left vacant by retiring Baby Boomers. And, of course, summer is prime internship time for current college students. And just in time, The Muse has released an e-book on millennials to help employers navigate the millennial maze.

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Content + strategy + technology = effective education

In a recent report, Abila broke down results from its 2016 Member Engagement Study, which found for millennials and Gen Xers, continuing education is one of the top reasons for belonging to an association.

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Young minds, old knowledge

As baby boomers retire, the workforce will soon be replaced with millennials or other young professionals. With this mass exodus comes the possible disappearance of invaluable knowledge, so companies should be thinking about knowledge retention.

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March (intern) Madness

A new report from Burning Glass found in 2016, the total number of internships posted was lower than in the previous two years – 216,333 posted positions, an 8.3 percent decrease. But the concentration of postings in March has increased throughout the past five years.

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No more learning silos

According to Kieran King, vice president, global customer insight, at Skillsoft, currently there’s a “war for talent.” And many HR departments are losing. In fact, many have been pretty lax in encouraging professional development and education, because, quite frankly, it wasn’t deemed important. But with workplace dynamics changing and younger, better-educated professionals coming on board, that’s no longer the case.

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