Posted January 2, 2020 by Mark Perna
There are six million open jobs in America right now, with no one qualified to fill them…that number will grow to eleven million unfilled jobs by 2025. These are high paying jobs that don’t require a college degree, highlighting the national skills gap between what today’s employers need and what today’s job seekers have. How can we close this skills gap when schools are laser focused on getting students to college, instead of ready for a job or career?
Mark Perna is CEO of TFS Results and an extremely popular public speaker at corporations around the world on increasing productivity and employee retention. His new book, ANSWERING WHY (Greenleaf Press, September 2018) outlines his wide experience on how to transform the approach job seekers young and old take when preparing for careers. He points to examples that show how America’s branch is creaking, from the college debt epidemic to a misaligned education system, and how in times past the creaking branches and national crises of WWII and Sputnick spurred high-tech innovations that solved issues we couldn’t previously tackle. This national crisis also underlines the overall problem of an awareness gap that today’s students have about the multitude of careers and education paths that don’t necessarily follow the traditional route of a college degree in order to secure a career.