Nearly 15 million people in our country want to work but can’t find jobs. Yet, at the same time, around half of employers say they have job vacancies but can’t find qualified candidates to fill them. This huge disconnect is often referred to as the skills gap, but in truth, the skills gap is in large part an “information gap.”
Many young people are unaware of jobs that are in high demand, pay well and are aligned with their passions. Nearly 1 in 4 high school seniors say they have no idea what career they want to pursue. Of those who do know, 23 percent chose their career paths based on what they saw on TV.
Ideally, students would make their career decisions based upon information like what skill sets are most in-demand, which avenues of study are likely to lead to high paying potential careers, and which potential careers best fit their own unique personalities.
This “ideal” may not be as far from reality as we think.
As the title sponsor of the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge PGA Tour event, we’re working to narrow the information gap through a partnership with local schools in the Coachella Valley and around the country. The goal of this partnership is to help students – and their parents – discover ideal career and education options based on their interests and personalities.
To achieve this goal, CareerBuilder worked with our economists at EMSI to launch FindYourCalling.com.
FindYourCalling.com is a free site that provides easy-to-use, real-time labor market data for any occupation based on data from 100 employment resources. Visitors to the site start with a simple, interactive personality test for careers. Based on those answers, students are presented with top careers that match their interests and are given detailed information on everything from job growth projections, salary ranges and businesses that are hiring, to college majors and programs they can apply to today.
By making better-informed career decisions early on, the workforce of tomorrow will be more capable of not only meeting employers’ demand for talent, but of fulfilling their own passions as well.
Learn more about Find Your Calling and how you can get involved at FindYourCalling.com.