Sunday, June 4, 2017
OUR OPINION: Students Need To Prepare For Jobs That Actually Exist
Today's post isn't just for Dorchester or Saline County readers.
It's for all our readers to ponder -- specifically students, parents, school counselors and educators.
Student load debt in America now exceeds $1 trillion. (That's not a typo.)
For the first time in history, as many members of the up-and-coming generation -- the millennials -- live with mom and dad as live on their own.
Recently, we were e-mailed a link that alerted us to a posting from actor and pitchman Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs" fame. It seems Rowe cut a short video providing his take on how best to close America's skills gap. (That's the phrase invented to describe the fact there are millions of jobs available right now in America, but not enough people willing or able to fill them.)
"I can think of nine magazines off the top of my head that rank the top colleges," Rowe says. "None of them ever include a trade school." Yet trade jobs account for more than half of the labor market, according to the video.
Over the next 10 years, there will be more than 3.5 million job openings in America's manufacturing sector alone -- but roughly 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled due to the skills gap. This could mean robotics, welding, engineering, design, drafting, etc.
Rowe concludes: "The jobs that exist right now don't require massive amounts of debt. They don't require four years of liberals arts study. They require the willingness to learn a skill that is actually in demand."
See the video by clicking here.