Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 2 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Zurich, 8 pm Istanbul
The Perfect Talent Storm: Implications for Career Practitioners
The “perfect talent storm" looms. The signs are clear and the magnitude of the inevitable storm grows with each passing month. Birth rates are below replacement levels and many boomers who can are retiring. Competition for skilled immigrants intensifies. All jobs, especially emerging new economy jobs, require higher levels of skills than ever. Intolerable drop-out rates assure a shortage of highly educated and trained new job entrants. Many adults are unemployed, underemployed or marginalized and don't see options to up-skill. It is projected that by 2015 there will be 15 million unskilled workers in a workforce that can’t absorb more unskilled workers. Yet, already in 2010 there are over 10 million unfilled vacancies begging for skilled workers. There are more than enough good new economy jobs available for everyone that wants to work, but most job seekers will have to “up-skill” to qualify for them.
Unless we seriously re-think our approaches to preparing young people for success in work and life, and up-skilling adults, the looming “perfect talent storm” is going to be disastrous for our economy and for countless individual citizens, their families and their communities. It's going to be disastrous for America's prosperity in the global community. Excellent programs, resources and services exist, but they tend to be fragmented, disconnected and spread unevenly. The Centre for American Progress is calling for a new National Approach to Career Navigation. Career practitioners across the nation are encouraged to help make Career Navigation a national priority.
Perfect Talent Storm Exercise to Apply Concepts
- What would a 1% difference equate to in your state (Google your state budget):
- In increased productivity?
- In reduced health care costs?
- In reduced prison and justice costs?
- In increased government revenues?
- In family and community success?
- What percentage of students do you estimate receive all the career navigation support they need in your state? [Surveys suggest less than 15%]
- What is your estimate of the percentage of working adults that receive all the career navigation support they need in your state?
- What can you do to mitigate the effects of the perfect talent storm and make career navigation a higher priority in your state, your workplace, your community, your family?
Links to Papers, Websites
- The Perfect Talent Storm: Implications for Career Practitioners
- Connecting Talent and Opportunity: Canada’s Foremost Economic and Social Challenge
- Empowering the 21st Century Professional School Counselor (Chapter 26)
- Real Game Series: www.lifework.ca...
- National lifeWork Center: www.lifework.ca
Phil Jarvis is Vice President of Global Partnerships and co-founder of the National Life/Work Center, a not-for-profit division of the Memramcook Institute in New Brunswick, Canada. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Phil Jarvis authored the CHOICES computerized career system (now Xap/Bridges Transitions), and initiated Canada’s national career tabloid, Canada Prospects. He co-authored the Blueprint for Life/Work Designs, was founding national coordinator of the Canada Career Information Partnership, was founding president of Canada WorkinfoNet, and is co-creator and international partnership coordinator for The Real Game Series. He was the lead author of the ground-breaking new digital editions of The Real Game for grades 6-9 (2008) and The Be Real Game for grades 10-16+ (2010). He has been at the leading edge of the development of career resources and programs now used by millions of youth and adults annually across Canada, The United States, and around the world. He speaks to the personal, social and economic costs of adhering to an outdated vocational guidance mindset, and the need to equip citizens with the “meta competencies” demanded by workplaces in the 21st century. He is a passionate advocate for more engaging, imaginative approaches to helping people visualize and construct, with intentionality and purpose, the life they want to live. Among other honours, he is a proud recipient of the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee Contributors Award in the United States in 1988, and the Stu Conger Award (1999) and the Stu Conger Gold Medal (2004) for national leadership in Canada in career development and management.
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Introduction to Speaker
This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Our guest speaker today is Phillip Jarvis is Vice President, Global Partnerships and co-founder of the National Life/Work Center (www.lifework.ca). He is co-author and coordinator of the Blueprint for Life/Work Designs
and global partnership coordinator of The Real Game Series. He has authored, led or instigated national initiatives that have changed the face of career development in Canada, such as CHOICES, Canada Prospects, the Canada Career Information Partnership and Canada
Workinfonet (CanWIN). He is a leading proponent of the "career management paradigm shift" and advocates for more engaging, imaginative approaches to helping youth and adults
construct meaningful, purposeful and rewarding lives and careers. In this interview, Phil will address a very serious issue - the impending "perfect talent storm." Welcome Phil and here's my first question...
1. What is the perfect talent storm?
2. What are the storm warnings? (slides 2-5)
3. How are we going to go about making change? (6-8)
4. How do you take students on a career journey? (9-27)
5. What can career practitioners do to manage the perfect talent storm? (28)
6. What can educators do? (29)
7. What can parents do? (30)
8. What can employers do? (31)
9. What can communities do? (32)
10. What can countries do? (33)
Thank you, Phil, for broadening our perspectives on implementing change at all levels to help our clients be the best they can and for helping service professionals be the best we can in life and work.
Upcoming July Speakers
- July 8, 2010, Pat Schwallie-Giddis, the current president of NCDA and school counseling department head at George Washington University, will talk about preparing young people for careers. Pat was one of the authors of the American School Counseling Association Guidelines.
- July 15, Cal Crow, developer of the National Career Development Guidelines, will discuss career strategies that work for everyone.
- July 15, 2010 evening (5 pm Pacific), Lisa Rueff, international yoga instructor, will talk about what she learned from her recent volunteer work in Haiti's tent cities.
- July 22, Harry Moody, Director of Academic Affairs for AARP, and Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures, will discuss networking from the inside out to find meaningful work and a meaningful life.
- July 29, Tony Watts, an international policy consultant on career guidance and career development, based in Cambridge, England, will talk about Career Development and Public Policy around the world.
If you'd like to listen to more of these tele-interviews, and your organization is not currently a subscriber, contact me with someone I can talk with about subscribing your organization so you can listen for free (except for the cost of your distance provider). Email info@ careerwell.org or call 415.312.4294. This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-interviews.