Tagged with employers

Preparing Students for the Labor Force

College is supposed to prepare students for their future careers, but half of America’s employers believe that today’s graduates are unprepared for the labor force. For this week’s installment of “Diverse Conversations,” I spoke with Dr. Lynn C. Owens, Associate Professor of Communication at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC, about her research on the … Continue reading

How to Get a Job

Underneath the huge drop in demand that drove unemployment up to 9 percent during the recession, there’s been an important shift in the education-to-work model in America. Anyone who’s been looking for a job knows what I mean. It is best summed up by the mantra from the Harvard education expert Tony Wagner that the … Continue reading

Tired of Waiting, Employers Provide Just-in-Time Education

Arianna Suarez’s first job after emigrating from Cuba as a teenager was as a cashier at a Walmart in Hialeah, Fla.  Thanks in part to college-level classes in business administration that the company provides, she’s since worked her way up to store manager. “It’s all online,” Suarez says of the courses she takes. “You get … Continue reading

Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need

Everybody’s heard the complaints about recruiting lately. Even with unemployment hovering around 9%, companies are grousing that they can’t find skilled workers, and filling a job can take months of hunting. Employers are quick to lay blame. Schools aren’t giving kids the right kind of training. The government isn’t letting in enough high-skill immigrants. The … Continue reading