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education and employment
Education and employment

Gov 3.0: Solving Public Problems with Technology

Etay Zwick

the familiar story
The familiar story
  • The story is now a familiar one: your son or daughter works hard to get into university. Once there, he or she takes on a challenging course load, exploring new interests and passions. After a few years, when your child graduates, there are no jobs available.
  • Months, even years go by as new graduates look to use their earned credentials to access meaningful work – to no avail. He doesn’t have the skills that employers are looking for; her resume simply doesn’t stand out.
youth unemployment rates
youth unemployment Rates
  • America’s failing education-to-employment system has led to:
    • High levels of youth unemployment
    • Shortage of job seekers with necessary skills.
  • In America, fifteen percent of workers ages 16 to 24 are unemployed.
  • The combined underemployment and unemployment of recent college graduates is above fifty percent.
the hidden costs of youth unemployment
The hidden costs of youth unemployment
  • According to a 2014 Report, “In This Together: The Hidden Cost of Youth Unemployment,” persistent high youth unemployment costs $25 billion a year in uncollected taxes and increased safety net expenditures.
the problem
The problem

Do we prepare youth with the skills that they need to thrive in work?


Are new graduates ready to ener the market?

from schools to work
From schools to work

Do students and employers think higher education helped them land work?

learning skills
Learning skills

Employers vs Educators

what can government do
What can government do?

The Whitehous’s Memo on Job Training

why now
Why now?
  • This is an important moment for re-shaping the education-to-employment system.
  • Because of new private investments in both educational technologies and career planning resources, government is well placed to help organize these new resources so that youth can identify the best ways to discover their talents, develop professional skills, and become competitive job candidates.
living up to our commitments
Living up to our commitments
  • President Obama pledged to support an educational system that will equip individuals with skills matching the needs of employers.
  • In order to lead youth down reliable learning and working paths, we need to foster greater communication and participation from the diverse stakeholders in our educational system (students, teachers, parents, businesses and communities).
  • We need to encourage shared platforms that provide early career guidance for youth and encourage better business-education partnerships.

What’s out there?

identifying the best resources
Identifying the best resources
  • What is needed is a system for identifying the best sources of information in the relevant areas:
    • what skills are needed for certain professional tracks, how to connect with educational resources for developing needed skills, how to connect with mentors, how to signal aptitudes to employers, etc.
four main strategies
four main strategies
  • using big data (like labor market information) and small data (like individual learning habits) to personalize learning;
  • redesigning the high school experience so that it incorporates blended learning and is more focused on work experience;
  • fostering business-education partnerships; and
  • developing online resources for career planning and professional development.
relevant ed tech areas
Relevant ed Tech areas
  • College prep
  • Collaboration tools
  • ePortfolios
  • Career Planning
  • Job Search
  • MOOCs and Courses
  • Student Coaching
  • Paying for College
  • Persistence and Retention
  • Test Prep
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Learning management systems
  • Resource discovery and curation
  • Professional skills
myskills myfuture

Are there websites that collect and organize diverse career planning resources specifically for students and new graduates?

index of resources for job seekers
Index of resources for job seekers

The EdSurgeEdTech index is a great database of education technologies, but it is geared for investors and entrepreneurs.

questions moving forward
Questions moving forward

What technology could encourage the connections of more businesses with educators and students to shape course material?

  • How might we best collect and organize diverse career and learning planning resources, so that it would better serve students and new graduates?