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Young Invincibles and the American School Counselor Association Launch Skills that Work Toolkit

10:43 AM Jan 24, 2012

Facing the toughest job market in decades, young Americans struggle to find work anyway they can. It turns out, even in this tough economy, people with education or training beyond high school not only make more money, but they also are more likely to find work. However, young adults frequently tell us that they struggle to find out what subject to study or what kind of training to pursue. That’s why we’re teaming up with the American School Counselor Association this week to release the Skills that Work Toolkit.

The toolkit is a website that provides information about the job market in all 50 states to help young people make informed decisions about their career path. For example, it lists the fastest growing jobs that require some education or training after high school.  It also notes the college majors with the best local employment prospects.  Both are useful pieces of information for a young person looking to ensure job security after finishing school. 

In addition to providing information, Skills that Work connects users to resources that can help young people find a school or work. Many of the 35 partner organizations provide services geared toward helping people add skills to help them achieve their economic goals.

Though the toolkit takes a step toward closing serious information gaps, more work remains to get our generation back to work and back on track.  Join us in that work, and tell your friends about the toolkit!

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Bill Coplin — 07:12 PM Mar 14, 2012

I agree that skills are important.The failure of our educational system to focus on skills is at the center of the problem. I will make my contacts aware of the toolkit. The blog is talking about both general and more technical skills. I have worked for years (billcoplin.org) to help students acquire 10 skill sets in high school and college, but it is an uphill battle.

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Peter Calvet — 04:58 PM Mar 14, 2012

As a young 60+ year old fuddy duddy I support young people getting involved. Politicians don't take young people seriously because they think they don't vote. And there are some of them who are trying to make it harder for young folks to vote. You have to fight back! Don't forget you have friends in the Grandpa community. You check out this GP at: http://corporationsarepeople.blogspot.com/
My grandsons like it.

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UrWXlKMAMZAWvgeffx — 02:09 AM Feb 08, 2012

As a high shoocl teacher, I totally agree. However, in Florida, the lawmakers of this great state feel the only way to determine if learning is going on is to take a test.

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UrWXlKMAMZAWvgeffx — 02:09 AM Feb 08, 2012

As a high shoocl teacher, I totally agree. However, in Florida, the lawmakers of this great state feel the only way to determine if learning is going on is to take a test.