Tagged with employment

College Students Bypassing Degrees on Purpose

Kevin Floerke has been down this route before. A student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California, Floerke, 26 years old, already graduated in 2010 from UCLA, where he majored in archaeology. This time, however, he’s not after a degree. He’s just trying to master a set of techniques and technologies that will help … Continue reading

Job Growth Under Health Care Reform to Benefit Minorities

A new analysis of health care job growth, stimulated in large part by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, estimates that over the next 10 years the health care sector will see 4.6 million new positions, or a 31 percent increase from current employment levels, open up in the U.S. economy. … Continue reading

New Graduates Will Enter a Slowly Improving Job Market

The job market for new college graduates will continue to improve slowly in 2013-14, as cuts in the banking and credit industries, as well as political uncertainty, hold back what could otherwise be robust growth, according to a new report from the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University. Job opportunities will increase by … Continue reading

The Burdens of Working-Class Youth

Brandon, a 34-year-old black man from Richmond, Va., labels himself “a cautionary tale.” Growing up in the shadow of a university where both his parents worked in maintenance, he was told from an early age that education was the path to the “land of milk and honey.” An eager and hard-working student, Brandon earned a … Continue reading

Giving Employers What They Don’t Really Want

Often what we think other people think is not what they think. For example, Michael Barnes and I conducted a study some years ago, published in theJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, on the extent to which partners in intimate relationships understood what each other wanted. We computed the correlation between what one partner actually wanted … Continue reading

More Public Colleges Opt for Closed Searches

In their searches for their institutions’ next leaders, governing boards at public colleges have the task of both attracting the best candidates and keeping the public in the know. And that can often be a game of tug-of-war. College leaders and trustees say confidentiality is key because open searches deter quality candidates. Many faculty, students, … 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

Recent College Graduates’ Employment Outcomes Vary by Major

For all the concern these days about whether a college degree is still a good investment, bachelor’s-degree recipients fare much better in the job market than do their less-educated peers. But not all college graduates do equally well—and the variation is linked to what they studied. Engineers? Good starting salaries. Arts, life-sciences, psychology, or recreation … Continue reading