The following is adapted from Dr. Tim Elmore. His entire blog entry can be read here:
“A large employer of young people recently spoke with a representative from the Department of Education in Georgia. In essence, he said, “We are not asking grads about their GPA or their SAT. We are hunting for soft skills, communication skills and leadership skills. And we are not finding them.”
But is it the kids’ fault? According to a study done by McKinsey and Company, barely 50% of youth today believe their education actually increases their chance at getting a job. They just don’t see the classroom as a relevant place to “get ready.” The McKinsey study included 4,500 students, 2,700 employers and 900 educational institutions in 9 countries. Their findings confirm what I’ve been saying since 2008. We cannot survive an economic recession while at the same time produce graduates who’ve not been prepared for the working world.
Once again this year, somewhere between one third to one half of the job openings for entry level employees (i.e. “recent graduates”) went unfilled. In other words, the jobs were ready—but the graduates weren’t. Youth are now three times more likely to be unemployed than their parents. According to social scientists, this has become more than an economic issue but a social and psychological one as well.”
What do you think? Are you being prepared for employment? How is your school preparing you to be an employable person?
Please download Dr. Elmore’s eBook “52 Leadership Ideas”, and identify how well you think your school is preparing you for the 21st Century.