Tagged with jobs

The Job Market Recovery that Never Came

Six years ago this month, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, inaugurating a global recession that decimated nearly every sector of the economy, including higher education. The “recovery” that began in 2009 has been illusory and often used to deny people benefits and pay under the pretext of “hard times.” Full-time teaching jobs became part-time, income … Continue reading

Addressing Workforce Challenges

Everyone wants to be innovative, though few people actually achieve innovation. Frankly, in today’s world of higher education, few institutions are capable of flexibility, much less innovation. The juxtaposition is that our “customers” — the companies which hire our students — are constantly innovating. That is particularly true for companies involved in manufacturing, in which … Continue reading

Preparing America For Middle-Skill Work

Anthony Carnevale, executive director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, shares his views on the importance of middle-skill jobs to the U.S. economy, and the role community colleges play in putting students to work. Q: Why are middle-skill jobs so important to growing the U.S. economy? A: Almost a third—17 million out … Continue reading

Saying No to College

BENJAMIN GOERING does not look like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, talk like him or inspire the same controversy. But he does apparently think like him. Two years ago, Mr. Goering was a sophomore at the University of Kansas, studying computer science and philosophy and feeling frustrated in crowded lecture halls where the professors did not even … Continue reading

Where You’re 18 Times More Likely to Find a Job

Having a college degree can give you a leg up on those with only a high school diploma, but just how much of an advantage depends on where you go. Some of the widest gaps between job openings for workers who have college educations and those who don’t are in central California, according to a … Continue reading

The Fastest-Dying Jobs of This Generation (and What Replaced Them)

In the late twentieth century, America underwent its big switch — the transformation from a broadly middle class, manufacturing-based economy, to a financially polarized, services-based economy. Union rolls plummeted as Wall Streets profits surged, and the demand for factory workers were supplanted by the need for healthcare professionals, teachers, and computer engineers. This is a … Continue reading

More College Graduates Take Public Service Jobs

If Alison Sadock had finished college before the financial crisis, she probably would have done something corporate. Maybe a job in retail, or finance, or brand management at a big company — the kind of work her oldest sister, who graduated in the economically effervescent year of 2005, does at PepsiCo. “You know, a normal … Continue reading

College, Jobs and Inequality

Searching for solace in bleak unemployment numbers, policy makers and commentators often cite the relatively low joblessness among college graduates, which is currently 5.1 percent compared with 10 percent for high school graduates and an overall jobless rate of 9.8 percent. Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, cited the data recently on “60 … Continue reading