Preparing Michigan youth for future employment
Youth today need well-rounded skills applicable to any job as well as the ability to explore potential opportunities in a safe way.
October 1, 2017 - Author: Jamie Wilson
By the time they enter the workforce, today’s youth will address problems not yet identified with tools that don’t currently exist. In fact, research indicates 65 percent of today’s grade school students will work jobs not yet invented. With so much uncertainty, young people need more than an education to prepare for future careers: they need well-rounded skills applicable to any job as well as the ability to explore potential opportunities in a safe way.
To meet this need, Michigan 4-H offers programs that focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, career exploration and workforce preparation. Through these activities, Michigan 4-H arms young Michiganders with skills and competencies critical to any job while allowing youth to explore career options and entrepreneurship. In 2016, this programming reached 11,100 participants in 80 Michigan counties. After their involvement in these vocational activities, youth showed significant increases in a variety of skills, including a:
- 57% increase in those who understood the parts of a business plan.
- 50% increase in those who were aware of what employers look for on a job application or resume.