ERIC Number: ED374206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Career Shifting: Starting Over in a Changing Economy. Points West Review.
Charland, William A., Jr.
The economic shifts of the past decade represent a new era in the U.S. workplace. Many of the millions of dislocated managers and professionals will not be reemployed in similar jobs because those jobs have disappeared. The economy has changed from the pyramid shape that most people envision, with a large blue-collar base and a smaller white-collar top, to a diamond shape, with a small tip of managers and owners, a large middle of worker-producers, whether white or blue collar, and a small layer of clerical workers. In this new economy, people must find new ways of working. Many are becoming entrepreneurs. Others are retraining in a variety of technical occupations. All, however, must constantly learn new skills and new ways to apply old skills as the economy continues to change. Workers must become generalists, able to do a variety of things. In order to do so, they need college programs to which they can return throughout their lives. Lifelong learning must become a way of life for the workers of the present and the future. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the New West, Denver, CO.
Note: Inside title page cover varies: "Career Shifting: Shifting Gears in a Changing Workplace."