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1.2.1 The Demands of a Global Economy

Time to Read

Take a few moments to read the following statements from the Career Readiness Partner Council to understand our national place within the demands of a global economy. See if you agree with these ideas and record your responses in the Journal that follows:

Once a powerhouse, the United States now trails many nations in achievement and attainment in secondary and postsecondary learning. And, increasingly, there is evidence of a mismatch between employer needs and the knowledge and skills of the current and future workforce, on display in employment figures and reports from business and industry leaders."

There is an often-confusing mix of definitions, frameworks, policies and implementation strategies for career readiness. Some viewpoints center on learning skills for a specific entry-level job, while others define career readiness as a broader understanding of workplace skills. Still other definitions focus on knowledge and skills for a particular industry sector such as health sciences or marketing. Career readiness is a convergence of all of these definitions."

A career-ready person effectively navigates pathways that connect education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially-secure and successful career. A career is more than just a job. Career readiness has no defined endpoint. To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key academic, technical and workplace knowledge, skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. Knowledge, skills and dispositions that are inter-dependent and mutually reinforcing."


Time to Extend

Read the Career Readiness Partner Council’s complete statement: What it Means to be Career Ready.