Posted on 12/19/2013 at 09:43 AM by Global Reach

While much of the focus for students in our guidance offices at the high school level is supporting students in applying for financial aid, setting up college visits and applying for any scholarships that may be available, what are those students who are looking at entering employment out of high school going to be facing?


In a presentation by David Conley (2013,NCSL,Santa Fe), who has done extensive research and writing on college and career readiness, it was demonstrated that those students who are not going on for any further education beyond high school might be facing a difficult road. Throughout the recession and recovery that followed, people with bachelor’s degrees or better gained 2 million jobs. People with Associate’s degrees or some college education gained 1.6 million jobs in the recovery. Those people with high school diplomas or less lost 230,000 jobs by February 2012 during the recovery. So, while not every student needs to have a bachelors or masters degree or higher, we do need to encourage those students who are considering going directly into employment upon graduation from high school to consider the field they are looking at going to work in and the opportunities for training within that career path. There may be opportunities through the employers they go to work for to receive additional training and certifications. These are certainly things they can pursue while working full-time. Continuing to develop their skills and continuing to access additional training when available will be critical to their success in the labor market.

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