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New Research Findings: Students from Different Backgrounds Consume Internet News in Different Ways

A high school teacher recently told a group of fellow educators, “Some of my students are much more aware of what is going on in the world than other students are. I’ve been assuming the best-informed students are those who have better access to the Internet at home, but is that really the case?” Read more

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Members of Generation Z Feel Tech Anxiety before Starting their Careers

Findings from Deloitte’s “Generation Z Enters the Workforce” Research . . .

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 research study. Read more

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Who Is Preparing for STEM Careers? Our Research Finds Surprising Gaps

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

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay? - Student Research Foundation

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay?

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

Most Important Career Skills Students Should Learn - Student Research Foundation

What Are the Most Important Career Skills Students Should Learn in College?

“The Top 5 Skills Every College Student Needs to Acquire Before Graduation,” an article that Christina DesMarais recently wrote for Inc., says that before graduating from college, today’s students should know how to . . . Read more

Is It the Right Time for Students to Major in Wind and Solar Power - Student Research Foundation

Is It the Right Time for Students to Major in Wind and Solar Power?

“Across the U.S., universities that have long offered degrees related to the fossil-fuels industry are starting to offer degrees and concentrations in wind and solar technologies. Companies such as Tesla Inc. are seeking recruits with specialized skills in renewable energy, even as some oil-and-natural-gas companies pull back on hiring graduates in fields such as geology as they automate more tasks.”

– “Now Available in the Oil Patch: Wind and Solar College Degrees,” by Erin Ailworth, The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2018

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Is Company-Funded Training the Missing Link in Building Tech Careers?

When deciding what courses they should be offering, colleges often use a simple process of subtraction . . .

The skills workers need

  • – minus the skills their college teaches
  • = equals the skills they should be teaching, but are not

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Giving Voice to Student Career Aspirations - Student Research Foundation

Giving Voice to Student Career Aspirations

What is the future of career pathways and the skills that today’s students need to secure the jobs of tomorrow? With every presidential proclamation regarding education policy and education funding, the critics are quick to glean meaning from what the White House is — and isn’t — doing with regard to the educational pathways available to all students. Read more

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Basic Geometry Formulas Every Student Should Know

With Pi Day coming up on March 14, 2018, this is a good time to review the most important Geometry formulas that every student should learn in high school. Read more

Jobs in Demand in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

What Jobs Will Be in Demand in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Many analysts agree that a lot of jobs will be lost to machines in the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” that is dawning. Very well. But there must be some jobs that will increase in number. Which will they be?

“Jobs and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” an article on the World Economic Forum’s site, presents the views of some prominent futurists who include Erik Brynjolfsson (Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy), Saadia Zahidi (Head of Education, Gender and Work at the World Economic Forum) and Suzanne Fortier (Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University). Read more