Youth unemployment continues to grow. An increasing number of people around the world have higher education degrees. Despite this, more than half of the workers are employed in jobs for which their levels of education and skills are inappropriate. Skills are mismatched in the world labor market.
The 15 Millennial Bloggers are based all over the world. They are innovators in entrepreneurship, journalism, education, entertainment, and academic scholarship. C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, asked these young professionals to share their perspectives on the challenges they face to find jobs and how they view the role of education.
Headlines like “Is College Worth the Cost?” still plague news outlets…” writes Francisco Hernandez, who interviews economist, leading jobs expert and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Anthony Carnevale, to determine if higher education is as relevant as ever.
“As globalization brings us closer together, schools need to better prepare students to live in a world that demands failure in exchange for the keys to success,” says Jacob Deleon Navarrete.
“Millennials are the ones who’ve had to incur the loans they’ll spend years repaying, many in jobs which may not, by and large, be particularly satisfying (where they’re not actively soul-crushing),” says Harmony Siganporia. Is now the time to “revisit what we define as success”?
Visionaries such as Tom Stoppard, Bob Dylan and John Lennon inspired the planet yet all opted out of academic programs. James Kernochan recommends that patrons behind the arts “place emphasis on and resources behind programs that give artists structure and a meaningful social milieu when they are done with school.”
“There’s a stark difference between “academia smarts” and “business smarts,” says Isadora Baum. Baum advocates for embracing failure, building solid relationships and life-long learning.
As the movement to educate girls gains ground, Sophie Hemery believes that “Sex and Relationships Education is failing young people” and that “Mandatory, high quality and critical Sex and Relationships Education would dismantle the ideology behind such patriarchal shackles.”
“Is the focus on standardized testing useful for students in their future careers?” asks Erin Farley, who talks to education thought leader, futurist and author Charles Fadel about redesigning curriculum for the new world.
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The Millennial Bloggers are Alusine Barrie, Sophie Hemery, James Kernochan, Kamna Kathuria, Jacob Deleon Navarrete, Reetta Heiskanen, Shay Wright, Isadora Baum, Aw Cheng Wei, Francisco Hernandez, Erin Farley, Dominique Alyssa Dryding, Harry Glass, Harmony Siganporia and Bonnie Chiu.
These remarkable young people have produced shows and founded companies. They have been featured on Forbes ‘Asia 30 Under 30’ list and honored by Asian Women of Achievement Awards. They have been awarded numerous scholarships and fellowships. They hold Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. They run schools and train educators in underprivileged communities. They have taught all over the globe in environments ranging from maximum security prisons to elementary schools.
CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.
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