Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

Articles > Building Your Community > 'Today's Education for Tomorrow's Workforce', a view from Dr Anthony P. Carnevale

'Today's Education for Tomorrow's Workforce', a view from Dr Anthony P. Carnevale

Exploring the growing link between industry and education, and the changing landscape of the US workforce

During the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMSCUS) Annual Conference, held virtually for the first time this year, Dr Anthony P. Carnevale presented an enlightening talk on ‘Today’s Education for Tomorrow’s Workforce’. Having been appointed by President Bush to serve on the White House commission on Technology and Adult Education, and previously appointed by President Clinton to chair the National Commission on Employment Policy, there are few people better suited to explain the changing effect of globalization, technology, and employment on education. 

And it has changed dramatically; as Dr Carnevale began his session, he took us back to ‘83 with the introduction of automated technology which would lead to the substantial loss of opportunities for those working in repetitive jobs. This mostly affected those without a high school and college degree, with earnings rising for those with higher education certificates. 

This led to a dramatic shift in the American economy; employers wanted employees with a range of general skills, and found that those with college degrees had higher ‘trainability’ and levels of interactions with other employees. This helped to resolve quality problems that came through mass standardisation and production, and developed America’s standing as a flexible, low cost manufacture.

However, this created a significant pressure to fund further education, and in recent years, post-school education and its link to family income have become a principal barrier to opportunities. A child with good test scores that is in the lowest 25% of family income has a 30% chance of getting a good job, versus a 70% chance of getting a good job for children in the highest 25% of family income, even with lower test scores.

Despite this, four-year college degrees are no longer the only way forward, nor do they hold the same weight in accessing good career opportunities. As employers step forward to back work experience and industry-focused education, colleges and universities are beginning to rethink their curriculums, while vocational organizations delivering trade and technical skills are already ahead of the game. 

Policies implemented in the next few years will go a long way to deciding the fate of the employment rate and education sector. There has been increasing pressure in recent years for greater transparency in post-secondary education, and greater access to cheaper, faster college degrees. This could lead to bills that would make college free, or compromising on free community college. There is also speculation that an infrastructure bill could go ahead, which would create 15 million jobs and help to bring back the ‘high school working class’. 

With upcoming policy change and increased research looking at the link between high school, college and career, the future of college education looks set to enter an unsteady phase, while  demand for vocational education increases. The relationship between economy and education has already changed due to technology and globalization, and there is likely to be a greater emphasis on accessing work experience while at college. Colleges such as Texas A&M are trying to create stakeholder value between industry and higher ed; they are creating strategic value for employers by allowing them to invest in the training and curriculum students receive at college, so that they can hire graduates as the employees they want. These kinds of partnerships are becoming more common as students and graduates struggle to gain meaningful work experience or work-based learning, despite the huge employment value it brings. In light of this, those in technical colleges that are already working towards professional certification examinations are likely to find themselves ahead of the game. 

As a professor at Georgetown University, Dr Anthony P. Carnevale explained how they were actively asking alumni to give work experience and internships for current students. As the link between education and careers becomes more reliant, it is becoming even more important to maintain these relationships with alumni in order to support the next generation of employees from your school community. 

ToucanTech is a sponsor of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States. The ToucanTech system includes a database and CRM, a public website and private portal, and events, email and fundraising solutions. You can find out more about how ToucanTech can support your organization in creating career opportunities through your alumni network here

Similar stories

Managing multiple segments of online community members

Start to see your online community in segments, and unlock ways to engage including connecting sub-networks, tailored communication and safeguarding More...

5 predictions for high school alumni relations in 2021

As the world emerges from lockdown, how will alumni relations change for US K-12 schools? More...

Playing the long game: Why engaging your young alumni is just as important

Tips for welcoming young alumni to your community & maintaining engagement More...

Building an alumni community in a COVID world

Mary-Lou O'Brien, experienced consultant specialising in digital transformation, discusses how to choose the right platf… More...

Round up: Developing a digital community - how to go from 9 to 9,000 members

Building a community from the ground up isn't easy, but you can employ these engagement tactics to achieve consistent gr… More...

Speak to ToucanTech

Have questions about something you've read in this article? Message the ToucanTech team

Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please enter email
Please enter message

Most read

Playing the long game: Why engaging your young alumni is just as important

Tips for welcoming young alumni to your community & maintaining engagement More...

Prep your database for your incoming class of 2021 alumni

Tips for cleaning your alumni database and transitioning 2021 leavers/parents onto your database More...

Blackrock College Union community reaches 2,000 online members in under three months!

In 2020, Blackrock College Union launched their new online alumni community, and it's already become a hive of activity! More...

This website is powered by
ToucanTech