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It’s Time for Students to Prepare for Virtual Job Interviews - Student Research Foundation

It’s Time for Students to Prepare for Virtual Job Interviews

As I was taking my garbage cans to the curb yesterday, I asked my neighbor how he was doing in the midst of the current virus crisis.

“I’ve been doing lots of virtual meetings these days,” he said. Read more

STEM Careers Two Mega-Trends for Students to Watch in Year 2020 and Beyond - Student Research Foundation

STEM Careers: Two Mega-Trends for Students to Watch in Year 2020 and Beyond

Are you a high school student who is interested in preparing for a career in a STEM field after you start college? Or are you a parent or a teacher of students who are?

If so, it is worth knowing about an article, “Trends for STEM Careers in 2020: Space and Life Sciences” that Anna Powers published in Forbes on December 31, 2019. Ms. Powers, who writes about science for Forbes, highlights two areas that she predicts will see the greatest growth in STEM activity in the coming years. Read more

Reading Skills Are the Biggest Predictor of Career Aspirations - Student Research Foundation

Reading Skills Are the Biggest Predictor of Career Aspirations

The OECD’s Latest PISA Study Finds that Around the World, Reading Skills Are the Biggest Predictor of Smart Career Aspirations

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study tested 600,000 15-year-old students in 79 countries on reading, science and mathematics.

What did the OECD study find? One troubling finding was that during the last 10 years, students’ reading skills have not improved significantly in poorer countries, but only in countries that are increasing their spending on education. Those stronger countries include Canada, China, Estonia, Ireland, Finland and Singapore. Read more

What Are the Best STEM Jobs for Your Students to Consider - Student Research Foundation

What Are the Best STEM Jobs for Your Students to Consider?

This list from U.S. News provides some insights

What STEM jobs offer the highest pay and the best chances of long-term employment?

“Explore Top Stem Careers,” an article that Susannah Snider and Rebecca Koenig published in U.S. News and World Report on April 22, 2019, offers some suggestions and provides food for thought. In compiling their list of careers, the authors accessed U.S. News’s own best jobs rankings and added data about projected job growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more

What Courses Offer the Fastest Path to a Job Today - Student Research Foundation

What Courses Offer the Fastest Path to a Job Today?

There are economic times when students can afford to start college, take two years to explore different majors before selecting one, and then stay in school for a few more years before they graduate and start looking for their first jobs.

But in recessionary economies like the one we may be entering soon, more students want to get their studies done and enter the working world as quickly as possible. Many of them want to spend just a year or two at a community college. Others attend trade schools and jump quickly into the workforce. Read more

Summer Activities that Provide the Highest Value for High School Students - ideas from the Student Research Foundation

Summer Activities that Provide the Highest Value for High School Students

With the last day of school coming up soon for high school students, there are still some out there who are wondering, “What can I do this summer that will improve my chances of getting into college?” Read more

US Army’s Online Career Tests - Student Research Foundation

Check Out the U.S. Army’s Battery of Online Career Tests

Did you know that the U.S. Army’s website is home to a strong array of career exploration tests?

They are designed to help students test the interests and aptitudes that best qualify them for different specialties and roles if they enroll in the U.S. Army. As such, the tests could be classified as recruitment tools. But after taking the tests, we found that they are good, free online career evaluation tests that can be useful for students who fall into two categories . . . Read more

Job Satisfaction, Humanities Graduates Are Nearly on a Par with Engineering Graduates - Student Research Foundation

In Success and Job Satisfaction, Humanities Graduates Are Nearly on a Par with Engineering Graduates

Do you know any educators who are advising future college students to focus on engineering and technical fields, and to stay away from the arts and the humanities? Read more

The Great Robotics Switcheroo - Student Research Foundation

The Great Robotics Switcheroo

Ah, robotics!

Few areas of CTE training and education are so full of romance. When you say the word “robot,” students start to think about anthropomorphic robots that walk around in sci-fi movies. They think about battle robots that fight each other on cool television shows. Or they think about teaming up with fellow students to enter a robotics competition by designing a robot that will walk around on Mars, perform surgery on patients in operating rooms, or enter a building and defuse a bomb. Read more

Most Important Career Skills Students Should Learn - Student Research Foundation

Career Counseling Advice: Tell Your Students the Importance of Loyalty to Employers

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