Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the August 17, 2009, issue of QuintZine.
According to recent data from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today only 71 percent of students earn a high-school diploma; fewer than six in 10 minority students graduate with their peers; and many graduates are unprepared for college. The Foundation says that “success in the 21st century demands skills, attitudes, and abilities that require more than a high-school diploma. Yet today only about half of all Americans have a college degree or certificate, a number that drops to about 20 percent for Hispanics and African Americans.” It is no longer enough to say more young people are accessing college. The Foundation has set a goal to double the number of young people who earn a postsecondary degree or certificate by the time they reach age 26. The “Postsecondary Success” plan points out that while the rate of high-school graduates going to college continues to rank among the highest in the world, most students will never complete college. Only about half of U.S. college students graduate within six years. The rate for low-income students is closer to 25 percent, and only about 20 percent of African-Americans and Hispanics aged 25-34 have earned some kind of postsecondary degree. Among community-college students, the graduation rate is estimated to be 38 percent. Source: Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
Among the efforts recommended include individual fellowships to graduate students involved in clean-energy research, integrative graduate training programs involving clean energy, research experiences for undergrads in energy, and education to improve education for young Americans who will become technicians in clean-energy fields, focusing on two- and four-year college programs. Find out more about careers in science and engineering.
For example, a physical-therapist assistant helps physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. They generally prepare by earning an associate degree from an accredited physical therapist assistant program, many of which are offered at community colleges.
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