How Colleges Can Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every sector, exposing inequities in service and healthcare. Colleges face challenges preparing students for an evolving job landscape. Tech skills are crucial, and colleges must ensure equitable treatment in the workplace. Beyond job placement, they must aid midcareer adults, start early career prep, meet industry needs, and offer empathy and flexibility amid the pandemic. Faculty and staff must integrate career readiness throughout the college experience. Strategies include developing new programs, staying updated on industry demands, creating midcareer offerings, designing substantive work experiences, and blending classroom learning with real-world career preparation.