We all have heard stories of newly minted college graduates working as baristas or selling clothes at Gap. It’s what economists call underemployment: people doing jobs for which they are overqualified. Generally, however, we dismiss the phenomenon as a relic of the recession or a short-term problem affecting a small number of graduates who will find their footing soon.
We believe Americans will need to harness the power of education throughout their working lives. The future of our nation’s economic prosperity depends on a citizenry that constantly retools itself for the future.
Researchour first report
The Permanent Detour: Underemployment’s Long-Term Effects on the Careers of College Grads
The research that we create in house and commission externally will help our policymakers, institutions, entrepreneurs, employers and reformers invest in the infrastructure and systems that working learners will need as they face the future of the workforce. Through our research we will explore questions such as
What does social mobility mean in a "majority minority" nation?
What are the biggest barriers to innovation in college-to-career pathways?
How can peer-to-peer interactions create savvier consumers of higher ed?
How will machine learning influence the workplace of the future?
How might assessments better capture a learner’s skills, mindset and experiences?
What can we learn from nontraditional, employer-validated career pathways?
In our national discourse on higher education, we give a lot of lip service to lifelong learning. But we’ve done little to rework our systems, infrastructure, and architecture of delivering higher education, so that it works better for working learners of all ages. While our rhetoric suggests that learning is lifelong, our actions seem to indicate that school is somehow over by age 30.
Consumers today have access to thousands of reviews and copious amounts of data on just about every item they purchase (even the seemingly insignificant, like a $20 HDMI cable). But when it comes to making what, for most, will be one of the largest investments in their lifetime, prospective college students have precious little information that could guide their decision-making process.
When it comes to higher education, so much of what we buy is a black box. Most students don’t know how much they’ll pay prior to enrollment, let alone where their predecessors landed jobs after graduation. Were they able to pay off their debt? How meaningful did they find the work they were doing after they had graduated?
Strada Institute for the Future of Work (Strada Institute) is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the future of learning and work, so that we may begin to build the learning ecosystem of the future. The Strada Institute is a part of Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment.
Michelle Weise, Chief Innovation Officer at Strada Institute, gave this EdTalk at the 2018 UIA National Summit.
Michelle R. Weise is a higher education expert who specializes in disruptive innovation and the future of learning and work. As chief innovation officer and senior vice president, she leads Strada Education Network’s workforce strategies as well as its innovation and thought leadership priorities. Her research focuses on the future of the workforce and how to connect students more directly to meaningful employment pathways throughout their working lives.
Beth is committed to understanding and advancing the future of learning and work for all. She was formerly the chief strategy and research officer with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, where she focused on using longitudinal research to drive better policy decision-making. Beth believes that by researching and embracing the future world of work and adapting our learning ecosystem to match this evolution, we can be proactive rather than reactive.
Andrew researches the challenges associated with the future of work and how our learning ecosystem must evolve to meet those challenges head on. Andrew was formerly a senior research analyst at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Andrew believes that preparing for the future of work is the fundamental challenge of our generation as it will determine who and how many have access to an independent and prosperous life.
Policymakers and researchers will gather to present new data from America Succeeds, Gallup and Northeastern University that focuses on how to prepare young adults for the changing labor market. The panel will be followed by a roundtable response featuring experts from Burning Glass Technologies, the Business-Higher Education Forum, Strada Education Network, Intermountain Healthcare and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.
The skills for success in the jobs of the future will be different than those of today. Education and training leaders should understand the growing demand for both specialized occupational skills and broader employability skills, such as collaboration, communication and problem solving. How can systems prepare workers to build the skills that will be essential to future career readiness and advancement?
Panelists: Beth Bean, Byron Auguste, Ananth Kasturiraman
Moderator: Jon Schnur
Advancements in technology are quickly changing the workforce landscape. Many jobs are being lost to automation, and new jobs are emerging without formal talent pipelines to fill them. How do we help our citizenry retool themselves for what’s to come? Join Strada Institute for the Future of Work for a dynamic discussion about the challenges and opportunities of the future of work and how our learning ecosystem must evolve to address them.