Career readiness is not a foreign concept on college campuses. And, the debate on the purpose of universities in career readiness spans decades. However, little disagreement exists regarding the need for highly skilled workers. On October 6th, 2016, The Pew Research Center released a study outlining the perceptions many Americans have of jobs and their own futures in the workforce.
- The number of Americans in jobs requiring average or above-average education has increased from 68% in the past three and a half decades.
- 54% of adults believe new training and skill development will be essential throughout their work lives.
- Approximately 27% of adults with a bachelor’s degree say they don’t have the education necessary to progress in their jobs.
- 46% of workers claim they learned critical thinking skills while on the job, while only 19% say they learned said skills in formal education.
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