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How can students bridge the education to employment gap?

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January 24, 2013 09:57 pm

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“There’s a significant lack of data in terms of the journey from education to employment,” Diana Ferrell, McKinsey&Company director, says in a new viral video on the gap between education and employment. Farrell is joined by co-director Mona Mourshed to share research on the intersections (and lack thereof) of education, skills, and jobs.

McKinsey conducted a survey of 4,500 youth, 2,700 employers and 900 education providers across 9 countries. Only half of young people believe that education will lead to a great job. Forty percent of employers report that skills are a main driver of employability. And perhaps shockingly, their research shows that young people are three times as likely as their parents to be out of work. There are 73 million young people in the world without jobs, while companies look for skilled workers to fill positions.

Where’s the breakdown from education to employment?

The innovative video profiles two institutions that are utilizing new approaches to match students with the skills to be placed in jobs – one in India and one here in the United States, at Miami Dade College. The two institutions have seen great success by combining aspirations for enrolling students, building their skills, and finding jobs.

“It helps us to tailor the curriculum and the coursework so that students see the relevance of the work they’re doing in the classroom to their future career goals,” says Lenore Rodicio Provost of the Student Achievement Initiative at Miami Dade College.

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