Higher ed faces new imperative from business, vocation demands
- Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan said recently that professional skills in business, vocational tech will be critical to international development in the near future.
- Information Technology, Media and Entertainment, and professional services are likely to be among the fastest growing industries, and will require a boost in the number of skilled and credentialed employees to work in these fields.
- Degree programs which offer specific industrial focus will be assets to new graduates and professionals looking for careers in these emerging industries, he said.
As the liberal arts mission and higher education culture views college as a more than a manufacturing plant churning out work-ready robots, global industry and financial markets are expecting schools to do just that, in order to help society adapt to changes in technology and export.
Universities will be well-suited in working with students to determine career interest and aptitude early in their academic careers. Most schools are already using predictive analytics to aid students in remaining on a chosen academic path, but the next step is using similar technology to help students realize which jobs they are best at doing, and most likely to find fulfilling after graduation.
- Study International Kofi Annan highlights advantage of business education in uncertain times