Today's Career Realities
The Great Recession has accelerated an ongoing labor-market shift that was masked by the many low or semi-skilled jobs created during the housing/financial bubble. In today's labor market employment for low-skilled or semi-skilled workers has fallen dramatically. Even middle-skilled professionals have seen a steady decline in jobs because of automation.
Today most American high school students plan to be professionals. The majority expect to complete a bachelor's degree. Surveys show that teenagers' career expectations are increasingly out of line with what is possible. Sociological studies indicate that many students have set their goals, "on highly ambitious and improbable careers in the professional sports or entertainment industries regardless of their capacity."
Most teenagers greatly underestimate the education needed for an occupation. Once in college, students soon discover that an academic major often does not bestow specific career job skills that will lead directly to a career. This occurs because there are poor channels of communication between educational institutions and businesses in most local communities.
Questions for the Career Game
Many students are pursuing college degrees in majors that are currently among the most popular, such communications or graphic design, or ones in theoretical fields with little immediate connection to jobs outside of academe. Especially because of the high cost of obtaining a college education, students and parents are more carefully assessing the employment opportunities for graduates in specific fields. They are grilling career and college counselors and enrollment/admission officials on job placement rates for specific majors and certificates.
However, it would be better if career exploration and planning began much earlier. What parents really need is to have is access to a flow of information regarding jobs and careers in their city/town/region for themselves and their children. This needs to start in elementary school.
Students need a diverse curriculum that can be adjusted to their learning aptitude, rather than a typical lock-step literary approach to teaching and learning. Children can also enjoy and profit from job and career exploration in their classroom or by on-site visits to diverse local employers. By middle school or junior high school a personal career and aptitude assessment should be completed by every student. A school counselor needs to review this information with each family. Instead of waiting to high school to think about the future, this information gives a family time to more realistically discuss, "What do you want to do when you grow up?"
Imperial's Career Development Consulting Services
Imperial can offer your institution a diverse array of services related to career development. As a major actor in education and employment, career development engages in "solving the employment and skills crisis." Our specialists in career development utilize information about employment and the larger environment to assisting clients to make appropriate decisions. They will ensure that clients are aware, understand, and act upon the necessities and aspirations of job-skills match, changes in talent expectations, and participation in lifelong learning. Our specialists in career development will support and build upon community-wide linkages to produce stronger and expanded opportunities for employers and employees. Finally, they will assist in institutionalizing sequential learning for desired education and employment outcomes for educators, students, parents, and the wider community.
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