September 22, 2014
E3: School Effectiveness
School education affects the type of job that one can receive. It is important for colleges and employers to be on the same page of what is expected from students going into the work field. After reviewing the websites that held information on what European and Connecticut employers expect from their employees, it seemed that both wanted employers with a higher education.
The first website was from the European Commission. The website states, “It provides insights into the needs and perceptions of graduate recruiters by monitoring the opinions of staff in companies throughout Europe with at least 50 employees across a range of business sectors.” (European Commission 2010) Through their research it was found that companies are hiring higher educated graduates. They also are looking for employees with their bachelor’s degree. This shows that companies are finding that employees need to have a higher education background to best serve their company. This information should be available and shown to students so that they can become serious about their education. Almost ¼ of the people surveyed said that they have dealt with people in or from other countries. Many people have the opportunity to work with others from other countries. This provides these employees with the opportunity to communicate internationally. Companies are currently working with institutions to discuss curriculum design and study programs. This will allow the institutions and the companies to be on the same page as to what they are looking for in jobs. In return it helps the students become more ready for their future jobs.
The second and third websites were the CT Business and Industry Association from 2008 and 2011. The first survey showed that CT businesses were all about innovation, quality and productivity. They are struggling to produce these because they have a shortage of skilled workers. One reason why they have a shortage of skilled workers is because there is a decreasing population of young people at the same time that the baby boomer generation is retiring. We have too many people of the older generation retiring as we do not have as many young people coming into the work field. The second reason is due to high living costs. Many students have to live on their own or leave with roommates after they finish high school. With these high demanding living costs sometimes eliminates students from being able to attend college or to finish college. If students are unable to complete college then they have a less chance of receiving the better jobs. The third reason is the state’s education system did not prepare students for the job market. It has been found that the institutions are not teaching the students everything that companies are looking for. The fourth reason is transportation issues. Students have trouble getting to school and even work. If they do not have transportation then they are less worried about going to school or more worried about going to their job and making money. The second survey showed that there are higher tech school graduates over traditional school graduates. This may be due to the fact that these students from tech schools leave high school with a trade. These students may not need to go to college right away. They are more likely to receive a job in their trade and be able to complete their college education while working in their trade. There is little difference between community colleges and state colleges. It is shown that students are receiving the same education whether they are going to community college or a state college. In order for students to receive their bachelor’s degree, students will have to go to a state college in the end, but they can receive their associate’s degree at a community college. Internships and on-the-job training could improve graduates’ job readiness. When students have these training it shows the students exactly what to expect when they go into the work field. It also will show the students what they need to do to receive their job that they want. CT’s manufactures are concerned about lack of basic math and writing skills. Schools need to make sure that students are receiving these basic skills because they are very important to their future work.
The fourth website was the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It showed that the more education a person has the more money they tend to make. People with no diploma hold the highest unemployment rate. One feature that I found on the website that was very interesting was the student resources. These resources include career exploration, economy information, maps, glossary and charts and tables. These are great resources for students that will prepare them for the work field.
After reviewing all of the websites it is clear that European and CT employers expect very similar skills and education from their employees. They expect their employees to have attended college and they look for employees with their bachelor’s degree. It is important for companies and state institutions to be on the same page about what their students need to learn. It is a good idea that companies and state institutions work together in creating curriculum design and study programs.
Connecticut Business and Industry Association (2008). Availability of Skilled Workers in Connecticut. Retrieved from http://www.hartfordinfo.org/issues/wsd/employment/SkilledWorkers_08.pdf
Connecticut Business & Industry Association (2011). 2011 SURVEY OF CONNECTICUT’S MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE. Available at http://www5.cbia.com/newsroom/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Workforce_2011.pdf
European Commission (2010). Employers’ perception of graduate employability. Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_304_en.pdf.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2013, December 19). Employment Projections. Available at http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm.