Uniting Education and Employment
The trend toward a gig economy has begun. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, forty percent of American workers would be independent contractors. In this video, Jodi a current LMU student and Liam, a recent Georgia Tech grad, discuss the way a hot career like UX design, has become part of the service economy. And then there is the skills gap.How come skills so hard to determine? Because new tech is constantly requiring specific additional skills that schools do not teach.
Consider – graphic designers. Until recently, graphic designers created for print. Along came the web and the demand grew for web site designers. Smartphones came next and demand grew for mobile designers. Designers had to keep up with new tech and new standards; in fact it is still changing rapidly. First designers necessary to know Flash; now designers have to know HTML5 instead. New specialties emerged including UX specialists and information architects. It changes in a blink of an eye.Graphic arts schools have difficulty keeping up. The things they teach becomes obsolete quickly. And this is not just true for art schools – it is true for many colleges and universities. Sure higher education teaches critical thinking – but what about REAL SKILLS?
The one thing that makes a college grad employable?Part of the problem is that higher educational facilities tend not to believe it is their job to instruct real world skills. If you look at the mission statements from the top 25 business schools Just One Single (Carnegie Mellon University) mentions skills – the other mission statements are about creating the entire world a better place and critical thinking(again, important, but..) we need to start providing a specific pathway to jobs for your younger people. Students are beginning to incur insane debt for educational investments and after that struggle to land a job.California is starting to perform an incredible job about this front – and it is beginning with their 115 community colleges.
All 115 California Community Colleges will provide Amazon’s Cloud Computing certificates. And a lot of other real-world – real skill certificates. And I Also can not emphasis Mentorship enough. We have been also starting to see what some have dubbed “white collar apprenticeships” even. But students need to pay attention and obtain those real life skills soceaw experiences.At Cue Career we know associations are the future to bridge that last mile from education to employment. California thinks so too. We have been starting to see some of the associations we have been working with get their certificates taught in the California Community College system.
Super smart. Associations comprise employees and employers who know where their industry is headed and may adapt quickly for the new technologies.It is additionally important we make students aware of all of the resources associations are offering. This is the Cue Career mission.Once we bring on new student interns at Cue Career, we always ask them if they really know what a connection is – Here are a few in our favorites: These videos live on our YouTube Channel – The professional videos are on the Cue Career website.