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Joyce Gioia

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST,  6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul


Career Planning for the 21st Century

The future will be exciting for those who are prepared for it and perhaps devastating for those who aren’t. How should you advise your children or even think about your own career, when the world is change so very fast? What are the skills that will be valued in the future and how do we make sure today that we have them in time? The answer is to start now to think about what you want to do, so that you may begin preparing right away. Be sure you are on the bus, not watching it drive away.


Joyce Gioia is a Strategic Business Futurist concentrating on relationship aspects of the future. This arena includes workforce and workplace trends, as well as consumer, education, and business-to-business trends. Joyce is President and CEO of The Herman Group, a firm serving a wide range corporate, trade association and governmental clients on an international basis. Through consulting, speaking and training, Joyce helps clients position themselves for success in the future. Joyce has served clients on six continents and in 46 states.


Joyce Gioia
The Herman Group
Austin, TX

Future Thinking Exercise

Think about what you really enjoy doing---both for work and play. What turns you on about life the most? Then think about some of the future trends you have read or heard about and imagine the implications of those trends. Finally, consider how the activities that you love to do can bring value to people in the future as the trends evolve.

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Career Planning for the New Century


A great many of today’s young people will hold jobs in their lifetimes that don’t even exist today. The best preparation is probably a liberal arts education on the formal side, combined with skill and specialty development on the informal (on-the-job) side. The liberal arts preparation will be most helpful for what employers will look for in the future and, in fact, are already looking for today. 


Here are some new occupations mentioned in the article:

  • Foreign Telemedicine Technician.
  • Telemedicine Support Assistant.
  • Global Work Process Coordinator.
  • Chief Innovation Officer.
  • Executive Chef, Branson Space Airline.
  • Portable Benefits Administrator.
  • Vice President of Experience:
  • Skycar Mechanic.
  • General Manager, Underwater Hotel.
  • Facilities Engineer, Underwater Hotel.
  • Personalized Entertainment Programmer.
  • Jungle Officer
  • Vice President of Influence.
  • Corporate Alumni Director.
  • Educational Experiences Designer, Coordinator.
  • TransHumanist Interaction Technician.


CLICK HERE to download article in PDF format.

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NACE Press Release:

Employers Rank Communication Skills First Among Job Candidate Skills/Qualities


Jan. 22, 2010 — Employers look for their job candidates to exhibit strong communication skills, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  Employers taking part in NACE’s Job Outlook 2010 survey, ranked communication skills at the top of the skills they seek in potential employees. Rounding out the top five were analytical skills, the ability to work in a team, technical skills and a strong work ethic.


CLICK HERE to download press release in PDF format.

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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interivews.


Joyce Gioia (joy-yah) began her business career as an entrepreneur early―at the tender age of fourteen―when she founded her first company, Jack & Jill Parties for Children. Later, at the age of 28, she was the youngest national magazine publisher in the United States. Joyce has enjoyed numerous successful careers and recently embarked on a new endeavor.

She is now president and CEO of The Herman Group and Employer of Choice, Inc. She is a Strategic Business Futurist and Certified Management Consultant focusing on the human side of enterprise. With an eclectic background, including marketing, sales, management, high technology, hard goods, soft goods and intangibles, Joyce’s knowledge of future trends spans the future of business to the future of pet care. Her Herman Trend Alert goes to 29,000 people in 87 countries in four languages. Many of you are already subscribers!

Providing a unique combination of high tech and high touch, she helps her diverse clients prepare for the future. Joyce has served clients like American Honda, Procter and Gamble, MasterCard, and AT&T. She is often quoted in the media, including Business Week, Entrepreneur, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio. Joyce has spoken in 46 states and on six continents.

Joyce is a Founding Member of the Association of Professional Futurists, as well as a professional member of the World Future Society and the National Speakers Association. Join me in welcoming to Joyce Gioia (joy-yah).


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Interview Questions (ordered by generation)

High School Students

  • In  this week's Herman Trend Alert, you note that even though only 12 percent of the US population is foreign-born, 70 percent of the finalists in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search competition were the children of immigrants. How will that affect immigration policy and how can we create science heroes?

Big Picture for College Grads

  • How will this very slow recovery affect the prospect of our graduates this year and next?

Let’s talk about careers

  • What jobs are the fastest-growing occupations?
  • What are considered the best jobs in 2011?
  • What are the worst?
  • You mention that employers should choose “the right people in the right seats for the right reasons." Upon what criteria should jobseekers chose jobs?


  • What are the skills that are in demand today?
  • How will the list of skills employers are looking for evolve in the future?


  • How important are internships?
  • How can we help local companies hiring interns to stay in compliance?


  • As you know, I am on vacation this week. Speaking of vacations, last week you wrote that Baby Boomers, seeking new experiences, will be attracted to Floatels. What are Floatels, and how do they relate to convertable modular living spaces and how to convertable modular living spaces relate to careers?
  • You also mentioned that boomers are attracted to volun-, eco- and adventure tourism. Please explain.

Predicting Future Trends

  • What other top trends do you predict and how can career practitioners prepare their clients for these trends?
  • How did you get into predicting future trends?

Final Advice

  • What advice do you have for us to pass on to our clients and students?
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Did you know that top math and science students in the United States are overwhelmingly the children of immigrants? 


Even though only 12 percent of the US population is foreign-born, the study found that 70 percent of the finalists in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search competition were the children of immigrants.

Listen to Joyce Gioia discuss how society can create science superstars.


For more information, visit http://www.nfap.com/pdf/Children_of_Immigrants_in_Science_and_Math_NFAP_Policy_Brief_May_2011.pdf

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