Roundtable Discussion: A changing world: Helping Youth prepare for life in a scary world that we know little about

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Table #304. Raleigh Convention Center. Raleigh, NC
Presented by CHris Droessler, CTE Consultant

Roundtable Discussion: A changing world: Helping Youth prepare for life in a scary world that we know little about

Chirs introduced himself discussing ihis past as a technical program coordinator with highschool systems in NC. The world is changing and we need to be prepared.

CHris noted that he has a full session on this later if we’d like to learn more.

We learn about careers from our parents, but what do most people’s parents know about current careers? We often get our children on a path that we think things will be established paths in the future, but what will the future really look like?

WIll careers in the future be what we expect them to be? The future may be a l.ot scarier than we think. Using the younger generations to consider what the future will be like, and how they can be prepared for the future.

Typically the more education you have, the more money you can get. However, the community college level can earn more than 4-year students. See Miami Herald, anuary 2011

We have to KNOW about careers to train for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can’t predict the future. Careers which didn’t exist 5-15 years ago are some of the fastest growing careers in the existing industry.


  1. Recession
  2. natural disasters
  3. elections

Many people feel that factory work is gone. Manual labor is gone, but factories exist in america, but they are mostly automated factories, and so a lever-pulling suystem no longer exists.

The NC advanced manufacturing careers awereness week (oct 3-7 2016), is an event created to keep students aware of what opportunities exist.

We prepare students for jobs that doen’t exist, using tech whihc hasn’t been invented, to solve problems which don’t actually exist yet. This is a very real issues. Looking at the high tech items which have arrived in the last 20 years, people may not have been able to predict social media, blogging, widipedia youtube, suv, self driving, wearable tech, cloud computing 3d printing, smarphones, etc.

Old technology begins to make a comeback. Especially in the realm of recycling and power with new applications such as windmills.

Skills in short supply such as:

  1. customer service
  2. sales
  3. skilled trade
  4. office skills
  5. general maintennance
  6. Lean/six sigma

Reasons applications are reject:

  1. criminal record
  2. drug screening
  3. poor attitude
  4. poor presentation
  5. lack of tech skill

  6. lack of reading

2016 employer survey

Hiring difficulties

  1. Work exp
  2. education cert training
  3. tech skills
  4. soft skills
  5. criminal record
  6. low pay
  7. failed rug screeening

THis are major issues that the community college level can provide to our students

Career readiness curriculum by Skills USA is a promoted provider to assist.

College GPA don’t really matter.See USA today article Grades Pointless? SOme colleges don’t care about GPAs.

Google: GPAs, Test Scores “Worthless”

Most often, you’re working in a group solving problems and these are the paths of importance.

H2>factors important to employers

  1. seemed serous about work and eager to get the job
  2. Seemed bright and alert
  3. seemed courteous
  4. seemed to learn quickly
  5. had a neat appearance
  6. good reading ability and good abilit with numbers
  7. a record of achievement in school (7%)

Coursework should teach to the abilities of industry standards that allow students to quickly and easily stand for certifications in ease. THese indsutry standards are often more important to certain groups.

Is that enough? OF course not. We neeed well rounded individuals who are work ready.

attributes in evaluating graduates

  1. internships
  2. employmnet in school
  3. college major
  4. volunteer experience
  5. extracurricular activity
  6. relevant coursework
  7. grades and GPA
  8. importance of college reputation

THis was a nice and informative roundtable session, and I think I learned a great deal