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Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers

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Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers, calls for states to help students, their families, and employers unpack the meaning of postsecondary credentials and assess their value in the labor market.

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Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers

  1. 1. Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers By: Anthony P. Carnevale, Tanya I. Garcia, Artem Gulish July 11, 2017
  2. 2. Overview • College is a big investment with lifelong economic consequences • The lack of transparency around college and careers leads to costly uninformed decisions • The old rules of thumb about just getting good grades and a college degree to get access to successful career are no longer enough • States should help students, their families, and employers to unpack the meaning of postsecondary credentials and assess their value in the job market • A Learning and Earning Exchange is necessary to connect postsecondary education and training to learning and earning on the job
  3. 3. The New American Economy • In the past, a high school education could lead to a good job with decent wages • Today, entering the middle-class requires at least some education beyond high school • The number of postsecondary programs of study more than quintupled between 1985 and 2010 — from 410 to 2,260 • The number of colleges and universities more than doubled from 1,850 to 4,720 between 1950 and 2014 • The number of occupations grew from 270 in 1950 to 840 in 2010
  4. 4. Integrating education and workforce data will help individuals navigate the busy college and career maze • Employers will reap the benefits by allowing them to identify and hire talented workers • Colleges can restructure programs to improve student outcomes • Policymakers can better allocate resources to build strong economies
  5. 5. Five Ways to leverage integrated education and workforce data • Education projections, business expansion, and workforce quality • Program alignment with labor market demand • Curriculum alignment with workforce requirements • Counseling and career pathways • Job placement and skills gap analysis
  6. 6. Education projections, business expansion, and workforce quality To help state economic and workforce leaders attract new employers and retain existing ones
  7. 7. Program alignment with labor market demand To make program-related decisions that address labor market needs, while college and system administrators can demonstrate return on investment to state leaders
  8. 8. Curriculum alignment with workforce requirements To help faculty members create curricula aligned with the applied skills and abilities that learners will need to succeed in their careers
  9. 9. Counseling and career pathways To support students in their educational and career decisions as well as identify and reach out to the learners who need additional support
  10. 10. Job placement and skills gap analysis To help workers determine if and how the knowledge, skills, abilities, interests, and work values they possess are transferable to new jobs
  11. 11. Conclusion • In the United States, the myriad of pathways through the postsecondary education and training system requires common, measurable outcomes that reflect the successes students can expect to attain in the job market • Reducing the confusion around college and careers will help equip more individuals with the skills they need in the 21st- century economy and offer employers the skilled workforce they require • People need better guidance and consumer information to make good college and career decisions, through smart data, public facing tools, and outreach that promotes their use
  12. 12. For more information: Email Us | cewgeorgetown@georgetown.edu Follow Us on Twitter | @GeorgetownCEW Find Us on Facebook | Facebook.com/GeorgetownCEW Follow Us on LinkedIn | linkedin.com/company/georgetowncew See the full report at: cew.georgetown.edu/careerpathways

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