Career “Readiness” & Workforce Development

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’m very interested in efforts to link career training with community-based organizations, industry and community colleges.  I believe the Obama administration is making an important contribution in its focus on community colleges for this reason.  These two stories describe creative approaches to closing the skills gap for low income…

Role of Private Sector in Linking Education & Employability

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reporting on IFC conference on private education, “Making Global Connections,” University World News http://test.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2012031514592545 offers glimpse of growing efforts to bridge employer needs for talent with innovative private sector education initiatives. The article states: Some “30% of employers globally say they do not find enough people for the jobs that they…

Youth Perceptions of Corruption: Help Overcome the Data Deficit!

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
A sign in Zimbabwe indicating that all may not consider illegal pirating as corrupt. By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect In many countries across the world, demographics are dominated by an ever rising youth population. In Nepal, for example, roughly 50% of the population is under the age of 24. In Liberia,…

Youth Unemployment – A Global Crisis

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reading this blog post on World Bank site, http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-need-youth-jobs-revolution, I was struck that the problem, the actors involved, and the solutions – all were as applicable to the youth unemployment problem in the United States as in the developing world (the ostensible aim of the dialogue held at the Bank…

Some College Can Be Worse Than None

This story in the Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-bit-of-college-can-be-worse-than-none-at-all-1413158511,   was troubling to read; and the headline did not at first appear to make sense. But, the stats point to a very troubling issue in our higher education system – one which I usually thought of only as a problem in our high schools.  And this is [...]
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Colleges Get Career-Minded: Some View Issue of Employability as “Mission-Critical”

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
This story in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention: http://intranews.sns.it/intranews/20120523/MI43141.PDF .  The thrust is that the transformative [my word] economic downturn has forced colleges -especially those with a liberal arts curriculum at the core of their mission- to consider and/or devise coursework and programs tied to practical workplace-related…

Matching Student Expectations to Global Workforce

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
See my new blog posted to the global dialogue page for the European Association of International Education at:  http://www.eaie.org/blog/students-global-workforce As higher education has become a globalized industry, it should be easier to embrace more creative partnerships with businesses that must compete in a global economy. Finding the right points…

New Guide to Assist Students Understand Career Impact of Studying Abroad

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Taken from a NAFSA webinar, Helping Students Translate ‘Study Abroad’ for the Job Search, in Spring 2013, which had close to 1,000 participants; go to http://www.nafsa.org/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=42998 for a free download.   There were three of us who  teamed up to create this Guide and conduct the webinar: I worked with…

Erasmus “Impact Study” Confirms Boost in Employability & Job Mobility- Who Gains?

On its face, this new research study affirms the importance of the scheme for student career development and their short-term employability: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-534_en.htm. My colleagues in the U.S. often ask me to cite research which does support – i.e, “justifies – the emphasis I place on linking the value-added of study abroad to a students’ entry into [...]
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Ebola, Justice, and Liberia’s New Fight

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Lab. This post was originally published by Huffington Post. In May, I moved to Liberia — a country with which I have close personal ties and with which I became deeply acquainted while researching its history for my Master’s thesis — for a job with the Accountability…

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