Keeping employees from quitting their jobs after only a month or two is becoming a bigger challenge for many businesses across the county. As one executive at an auto components manufacturer recently told us, “We hire young employees and then we can’t get them to stay around for more than a month or two, even if we offer them a bonus they have to wait three months to get. They get a little more money at other companies, and they are gone. This problem affects not only employees we expect to employ permanently, but summer employees and even interns.” Read more
Findings from the Student Research Foundation’s Research into Engineering Careers . . .
In this and upcoming blog posts, we will take a close look at how members of Generation Z are preparing for their careers. Each of our posts about Gen Z will focus on one study. Read more
Many high school students have discovered that robots are fun. Some students build combat robots and enter them in slam-bang competitions. Others join high school robotics clubs and build peace-loving robots. Still other students build robots at home. Read more
Are You Teaching a Course on Cybersecurity?
With more and more American colleges offering courses about cybercrime and letting students major in the subject, you would think that American businesses will soon be able to protect their systems and data with ironclad reliability. Read more
As recently as 1992, most public high schools had extensive vocational training programs, many of which operated in the same buildings as college-preparatory programs. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 97% of American students who graduated high school in 1992 had completed at least one vocational education course. And the average high school graduate in the U.S. had completed as many as four full-year vocational training courses. Read more
NPR News Reports that While Students Compete to Get into College, Good Skilled Jobs Remain Unfilled
“High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up for University,” a story aired on NPR News on April 25, 2018, presents some compelling evidence that reinforces an important lesson . . .
With all the attention being given to STEM careers, you might think that an equal percentage of students in all categories were preparing with equal enthusiasm for technical careers.
Not so. Research has found surprising disparities in STEM preparation among different groups. Here are some findings you can explore further in the 2018 Student Research Foundation “State of the Union” summary of research. Read more
We recently overheard this conversation at a college admissions fair . . .
A high school student said to another, “When I told my dad I was planning to work in cybersecurity, he said, `Forget it, those careers won’t be around for more than the next few years.’”
Her friend replied, “Well your dad could be right. As soon as the right company launches the right new kind of product, cybersecurity workers will be looking for jobs in other fields.” Read more