Educating with Common Sense
As a parent of teenagers, I have bought into the mindset that my children MUST go to college in order to be “successful” and get a good job. As a well educated professional that is up to my eyeballs in student loan debt, I am not so sure that mindset is valid. And as a workforce development professional that understands the overwhelming need for technical skills in today’s business world, I know it is time for my “mom mindset” to catch up with the times. 🙂
Although it may seem like good news that the “college for all” philosophy I bought into as a mom has led to 66% of high school graduates enrolling in college, only about 25% of those that enroll in college actually graduate with a four year degree or higher with approximately 50% winding up under employed.1 Sadly, of the graduates, almost 80% don’t know what they want to do with their degree and 84% plan to move back in with their parent.2
The good news is that in today’s economy 57% of the job openings are for skilled workers (those requiring a certificate or two year degree), and the income for a top earner in a skilled job is greater than the average income for someone with a four year degree.1
At Workforce Solutions we are dedicated to ensuring current and future job seekers are well educated about the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be “successful” in this new economy; where the most education might not necessarily equal top earning potential. To help with this endeavor, there are many career planning and career exploration tools available on the Workforce Solutions website. We are also working in conjunction with schools and other youth programs to ensure young people are not just well educated, but also aware of the new definition of success.
1 Success in the New Economy
2 Prepared or Just Educated? Presented by Chad Foster 3/28/2014
Bobi Cook is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She currently conducts job skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region utilizing her MBA and over ten cumulative years experience as a professional educator, quality systems manager within the automotive industry, and small business administrator to help job seekers develop and implement successful job search campaigns.