Youth unemployment continues to grow.An increasing number of people around the world have higher education degrees. Despite this, more than half of the workers are employed in jobs for which their levels of education and skills are inappropriate. Skills are mismatched in the world labor market.
The 15 Millennial Bloggers are based all over the world. They are innovators in entrepreneurship, journalism, education, entertainment, and academic scholarship. C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, asked these young professionals to share their perspectives on the challenges they face to find jobs and how they view the role of education.
Headlines like “Is College Worth the Cost?” still plague news outlets…” writes Francisco Hernandez, who interviews economist, leading jobs expert and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Anthony Carnevale, to determine if higher education is as relevant as ever.
“As globalization brings us closer together, schools need to better prepare students to live in a world that demands failure in exchange for the keys to success,” says Jacob Deleon Navarrete.
“Millennials are the ones who’ve had to incur the loans they’ll spend years repaying, many in jobs which may not, by and large, be particularly satisfying (where they’re not actively soul-crushing),” says Harmony Siganporia. Is now the time to “revisit what we define as success”?
Visionaries such as Tom Stoppard, Bob Dylan and John Lennon inspired the planet yet all opted out of academic programs. James Kernochan recommends that patrons behind the arts “place emphasis on and resources behind programs that give artists structure and a meaningful social milieu when they are done with school.”
“There’s a stark difference between “academia smarts” and “business smarts,” says Isadora Baum. Baum advocates for embracing failure, building solid relationships and life-long learning.
As the movement to educate girls gains ground, Sophie Hemery believes that “Sex and Relationships Education is failing young people” and that “Mandatory, high quality and critical Sex and Relationships Education would dismantle the ideology behind such patriarchal shackles.”
“Is the focus on standardized testing useful for students in their future careers?” asks Erin Farley, who talks to education thought leader, futurist and author Charles Fadel about redesigning curriculum for the new world.
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