We have to get this decoding process right, especially for adult learners. Today, the concept of a career is in flux. It’s not just because of the widely covered job-hopping tendencies of millennials. In a longitudinal study of baby boomers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even younger baby boomers held an average of 12 jobs from ages 18 to 48. The number of jobs a learner will hold will only increase with time, especially due to the volatility of technological advancements across all industries.
Adult workers can already sense that things are different now. Pew research reveals that 87 percent of adults in the workforce today acknowledge that it will be essential or important for them to get training and develop new skills throughout their work life to keep up with changes in the workplace. They can no longer view learning as linear. Indeed, with life spans projected to extend as long as 150 years in the future, two, four or six years of learning on the front end of a 100-year work life will not be enough. Learning and ongoing skill development will become a way of life.
The translation of skills into the marketplace must be made clearer in order to connect three critical audiences: people looking for good work, employers looking for good people, and educators looking to build good programs and engage students.
I look forward to sharing our key findings with you at the CAEL conference this November.
We're excited to host Michelle R. Weise as a featured speaker at the 2018 CAEL International Conference in Cleveland, which runs from November 13 to 16. Register today to join like-minded colleagues who also are invested in understanding and improving pathways between education and careers.