Higher education is going through a transformation. Gone are the days where a high school diploma gave way to a college degree which seamlessly led to a job. Under pressure from students and employers, including tougher competition in the job market and a shift in career expectations from millennials and Gen Z, higher education institutions are making some serious moves to prepare students for the real world.
Today’s students came of age with all sorts of technology at their fingertips, and they expect answers, and results, quickly. Higher education needs to account for this shift in expectations, and it seemingly has an uphill battle to do so. But, that’s not the whole story. According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, millennials want to feel deeply committed to their job, and to feel as if it is well-suited to their talents and interests. They also want to work for a boss who is invested in their development.
This isn’t shocking, and actually doesn’t differ much from previous generations. But, as the job market shifts, how can higher education adapt to meet the changing expectations of students and employers so the needs of both are met? At InkHouse, we’re privileged to work with some leading higher education institutions, including Bentley University and MassArt. Here are some of the ways these institutions are changing:
So how can we determine higher education’s success at preparing students to succeed in the workplace? As the job market continues to evolve, it will depend on how willing students, educators, and employers are to communicate about what they’re looking for - and how quickly each is able to adapt.