Despite potential debt, more young adults believe the key to success in life is a college education, new survey has found.
According to the Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults, nearly 90% of respondents ages 18 to 29 said that adding a college degree to their resume will help them eventually get what they want out of life.Today’s emerging adults are optimistic. They know they’re entering an economy that rewards the ability to use information to solve problems, and that’s something a college education provides, Clark psychology professor Jeffrey Jensen Arnett , who directed the study, noted. “Emerging adults also know that employers select candidates who have a college degree over those who don’t. Most emerging adults are willing to invest time, effort, and money into pursuing a degree.”The Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that workers with a college degree can earn up to $1,000 more per week than those with a high school diploma or less. Meanwhile, a new study from Deloitte has reinforced the importance of higher education, which it found was the key to recovery in the labor market.Today, there is a significant and growing mismatch between the country’s demand for talent and its current supply. The type of talent demanded today – and needed tomorrow – is increasingly either outdated or out of stock,” the study’s authors William Eggers and John Hagel write in their report. “While headlines are filled with news about high unemployment, a surprising number of industries and regions are finding it nearly impossible to obtain qualified workers.The report noted the talent shortage can be found across a variety of industries, including manufacturing and health care.If you are a job seeker looking to pursue a career in health care or an emerging industry, you may want to take an online aptitude test to determine if you have the right skills needed on your resume or if you will need additional training in order to enter the field.In order to help more students develop the skills they need to enter the workforce, Clark University recently debuted a new program that integrates its liberal arts curriculum with leading employers in Massachusetts and alumni to provide real-time workplace experience.Clark launched the Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) model for liberal education to give emerging adults the opportunity to develop the skills and capabilities that are crucial to success while helping them prepare for a productive, fulfilling life after college, Clark President David Angel added.