The distressing American job situation

In just the last 13 weeks, more than double the 25 million jobs created in the last decade have been lost.  With the total supply of jobs not in equilibrium to demand, a job shortage exists, so anyone searching for a job will be competing more than at any time in the last decade against others equally in need of full time employment.

In such tight employment conditions, understanding one’s inherent aptitude can increase an individual’s competitiveness for jobs. With understanding, then potential job applicants can craft a resume where their experiences reflect their aptitude. Then, employers can discern a candidates’ skills and recognize how individuals developed competence over time, increasing the possibility of being hired for the limited job opportunities. 

Parents should begin as early as possible to help their children discover their aptitude. Often, parents and other adults note their child’s aptitude early, giving them toys or suggesting potential careers which seemly align with the kid’s interest or personality. As they mature, students can choose classes and extracurricular activities where they gain greater confidence in their ability, eventually choosing a college where they’ll deepen their understanding of their aptitude.

Thus, while the economic upheaval may complicate job searches for new college grads and their eventual accumulation of wealth, families with younger students can learn from college grads challenges. Instead, parents can encourage their children to engage every activity possible to nurture their natural ability, so no matter the economic circumstances at the time when their children mature to employment age, they’ll be prepared for the greatest range of employment opportunities and more likely have peace of mind

About Jill Yoshikawa, Ed M, Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

Jill Yoshikawa, EdM, Harvard ’99, a seasoned, 25 year educator and consultant, is meticulous in helping clients navigate all aspects of the educational experience, no matter the level of complexity. She combines educational theory with experience to advise families, schools and educators. A UCSD and Harvard graduate, as well as a former high school teacher, Jill works tirelessly to help her clients succeed.
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