In the eyes of many students and their parents today, higher education is tied to a job. And yet the world of work is poised to undergo a number of dramatic changes over the next 10 years. The Chronicle’s latest report, The Future of Work: How Colleges Can Prepare Students for the Jobs Ahead, features predictions from economists and technology experts on the labor market; insight from employers on the skills they are looking for among recent college graduates; thoughts from college administrators on how career services must change; and more.
This page features Chronicle articles and videos about the path from college to work, innovative programs that give students real-world experience, and other topics to supplement the report.
Academe tends to allow students to dress as they please, to question authority, and to speak freely. Some preprofessional institutions, though, provide students a place in the pecking order that may prepare them better for jobs.
Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for work-force and economic development in the California Community Colleges system, says colleges need to form partnerships with employers to help “stranded workers” get back into the job market.
Susan Sandler Brennan, associate vice president for career services at Bentley University, describes how Bentley’s career office created a course to help prepare students for the world of work, and what traits she is looking for in career counselors.
The university, entwined with Silicon Valley, develops innovative students with a synergy that has been summarized as "one plus one equals four."
Colleges’ career centers need to reposition themselves to be more effective, says Michael Sciola, associate vice president for institutional advancement and career initiatives at Colgate University.!-->
Paul Quinn College, in Dallas, is the first urban institution to adopt the work-college model, in which students’ labor both educates them and keeps the campus going.