ERIC Number: ED365819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Jobs in the Future. Myths and Realities.
One result of the ambiguity surrounding future jobs is a number of myths not only about what jobs will be available and what they will be like but also about how to prepare for them. The first myth is "40 years and out," the notion that people will work continuously with one organization until retirement. The reality is that individuals need to be prepared for careers that are likely to include involuntary job loss as well as many job changes. The second myth is that a college education will guarantee a good job. Good jobs will be available, but to get them graduates will have to begin looking earlier and be more astute about which job search strategies they use. The third myth is that manufacturing jobs will disappear. The reality is that although manufacturing jobs are projected to continue to decrease, they are a long way from disappearing. A likely scenario for future manufacturing jobs is that they will change radically: new manufacturing jobs will be created that will require different skills and pay less. The fourth myth is that technology will simplify work. The current consensus is that technology has not simplified work. Instead, what technology has done is eliminate many low-level jobs and increased the skill levels required for those that remain. The fifth myth is that job growth will level off. The United States is still creating about 2 million new jobs every year. Adult, career, and vocational educators must instill in learners the concept of lifelong learning, encourage participation in work experience, and prepare learners to expect career changes. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Change, Career Development, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Market, Manufacturing, Midlife Transitions, Misconceptions, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.