June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Continuing Professional Development
Higher Education has been tasked, and is being charged, with providing the required skills and knowledge required of employers in today’s high-tech globally-oriented workforce. To better understand the requirements of the workforce today, it is necessary to look at employability and employment needs from three seemingly related, yet clearly separate perspectives; namely, opportunities in the government, private and non-profit sectors.
The research contained herein, studied the impact on employability from each of these three identified sectors of employment. The evidence and data collected represents the 2010 to 2017 timeframe, but suggests similar requirements through past decades, adjusted for technological growth and historical period-specific employment opportunities. The original hypothesis focused on employability from the standpoint of what employers are looking for and what skills applicants possess within the three sectors identified above, all within the United States.
The results of the study showed that the above target markets have changed over the years and that employers in these markets are looking for overlapping similar skills with a few unique differentiating attributes across the distinct sectors.
The examination of different aspects of employment, specifically unemployment and availability of applicants, uncovered data suggesting there are numerous, yet potentially different skills and attributes that employers require that are paramount to the knowledge, experiences, and perspectives applicants are required to bring to the job market.
Harpenau, E., & Kaelin, E. A., & Piechocki, M., & Springer, M. L. (2019, June), The Challenge of Higher Education – Employability: Does the Workforce Have What Employers Need Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/33374
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