We are privileged to share the work of the Student Research Foundation, and of other organizations whose missions align, for the benefit of students and the adults supporting them.
Student Career Pathways*
In collaboration with national non-profit organizations, the Student Research Foundation has drawn together information from four Research Consortia:
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Pathways
• Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Pathways
• Health/Science Career Pathways
• Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills
To view the research findings and SRF’s partners, see the STEM Infographic, the Full STEM Report, the CTE Report , the Health/Science Infographic and the Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills Infographic.
The Student Research Foundation looked at high school students who aspire to become educators, to see what made a difference for them. Students’ own interests and teachers made a huge difference in influencing students’ thinking about career paths! See our infographic and blog for more detail. The data, drawn across all several Research Consortia nationwide, show there’s more work to be done to encourage underrepresented groups and males to enter education as a profession. One organization that is making great strides in encouraging a diverse group of high school students to become focused on and pursue careers in education is Educators Rising. Take a look at this video demonstrating the impact they’re having!
Engineers of Tomorrow*
The Student Research Foundation examined what high-school students had to say about becoming the Engineers of tomorrow, summarizing nationwide data across several Research Consortia. See this infographic for important information about which students were more, or less, likely to choose some form of Engineering as a possible career path. The data show that interest in engineering declines through the high-school years, and that much work remains to be done to encourage all students to pursue promising careers in engineering. As is well known, Engineering is an in-demand and growing field, so the prospects will be bright if more students are encouraged, prepared, and included.
Personal Financial Literacy*
The American Financial Services Association Education Foundation offers a free online personal finance course covering income, expenses, saving and investing, credit and insurance. MoneySKILL is adaptable and can be used as all or part of a course in personal finance, economics, business, math, social studies, or any other area where financial education is offered. This curriculum is aimed at helping the vast number of high school and college students who graduate each year without a basic understanding of money management, which is so important in careers and in life! In a related research project, PwC found that educators see the value of helping students prepare for the future to become better financial decision makers. However, educators need more support to adequately teach these skills and that’s where programs such as MoneySKILL can help.
Cyber Security Careers*
The National Cyber Security Alliance, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Girls Collaborative Project, National PTA, and Student Research Foundation formed the Research Consortium on Digital Safety & Cyber Security Careers to explore parents’ awareness of (1) family digital safety practices, and (2) the variety of Cyber Security career opportunities available to students. Parents of middle- and high-school students were surveyed digitally on these topics. Check out this infographic on parents’ perceptions of Cyber Security careers, and of the communication that does (or does not) happen with students about the growing opportunities in this field. For more information on what parents had to say about family digital safety practices, see this infographic.
CyberSeek is a fascinating and useful interactive tool on Cybersecurity Career Information that will benefit students, parents, educators and guidance counselors, as well as many others. Opportunities abound in Cybersecurity as there’s a nationwide shortage of qualified candidates for jobs. Cyberseek has interactive maps showing patterns of opportunities in Cybersecurity jobs in various metropolitan and state markets, as well as Career Pathway tools. Check it out! Cyberseek is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). It was created by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Burning Glass Technologies.
Payscale –College Return on Investment*
More than ever, attending college or university is seen as an investment, especially with the rising cost of education. PayScale examined data from the earnings of college grads to determine the financial ROI on their investment in college. Of course, there are many reasons to attend college, not all of which relate to earnings. Nonetheless, comparing the financial payoff of attending various institutions and programs is illuminating. Learn more here.
Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center released striking information on The State of American Jobs, combining governmental data with surveys of people in the labor force. Most workers (54%) see continuous training as “essential” for career success, and 72 percent say the responsibility for gaining skills and knowledge necessary to succeed rests with the individual. As employment is rising faster in jobs requiring more preparation, versus those requiring less preparation, enhanced social, communications, and analytical skills are being rewarded.
National Student Clearinghouse
The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) released data that shows the typical bachelor’s degree earner now takes five to six years to complete their degree. By looking backward at degree earners, NSC was able to illuminate the complex paths that some students take to completion, which often combines or alternates earning and learning, especially for non-traditional students. As NSC says: “Families and policymakers need to plan accordingly for this new reality.” Visit NSC’s website for more important information.
Georgetown University – Center on Education and the Workforce
Did you know that more than 70 percent of college students work while enrolled? Furthermore, twenty-five percent of learners are both enrolled full-time and holding down a full-time job. The combination of working and learning is now the “new normal” among students, and often does not contribute to reducing student debt, although it may have other benefits. Read on for more details about the complex relationship between working and learning.
Gallup Student Poll
The annual Gallup Student Poll is designed to help educators provide a more focused education, based on the voice of students. The poll measures four dimensions of student success: Engagement (involvement in and enthusiasm for school), Hope (ideas and energy for the future), Entrepreneurial Aspiration, and Financial/Career Literacy. Check out the latest report.
Georgetown University – Center on Education and the Workforce
The Center on Education and the Workforce conducted an in-depth study on The Economic Value of College Majors by analyzing U.S. Census data. Among the key findings: top-paying college majors earn $3.4 million more than lowest-paying majors over a lifetime. STEM majors lead to the highest earnings. Visit the Center’s website for an interactive tool to explore the data by major and state.
Center for Promise – America’s Promise Alliance
The Center for Promise has done important work examining how to best boost high-school graduation rates, which is so important to future life success, and also addressing how best to support youth who do not graduate in the traditional educational path.
Glassdoor has done some interesting work, identifying the “25 Best Jobs in America for 2016.” The jobs that make this list have the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score, determined by combining three key factors – number of job openings, salary and career opportunities rating. In addition, they have ranked the “25 Best Cities for Jobs,” weighting a number of factors. Some of the results may surprise you!
Burning Glass Technologies
Burning Glass Technologies has done intensive research work, analyzing real-time job postings around the country, to identify the current status of job availability and requirements in several fields. The results are illuminating, and can be useful for current and future job seekers thinking about where opportunities lie, as well as providing important guidance for educational institutions and industry. Especially striking are the analyses of strong job growth and the shortage of candidates in Cybersecurity, and the hard time employers have finding soft- and baseline-skills across industries.
American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)
The American Youth Policy Forum, with collaborators, focused on what it takes to ensure that all students are adequately prepared for success in college and careers. States and school districts around the nation are working on multiple educational pathways that are linked to workforce preparation. For more on the range of models being used, and what it takes to support student success see Career Pathways: From Ideas to Action, Tools for States.
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
AACC, in collaboration with other groups, brings a focus on the link between high-school preparation and readiness for community college, as well as what is necessary to help students succeed upon entrance into community college. As is well known, community colleges play a vital role in both career pathways and preparation for continued higher education. See the report for recommendations and case studies on successful interventions: Seizing the Moment: Community Colleges Collaborating with K-12 to Improve Student Success.
American Institutes for Research
The American Institutes for Research has conducted a wide range of work on the factors influencing career and college readiness, and how educational and workforce institutions can best support students. Visit their web site for a wide range of resources and information.
*Indicates the newest research findings