Career Learning for Adult Self-Sufficiency (CLASS)

High School Graduates Out of Work

Posted by Adrienne Bailey - On June 20, 2012 (EST)

The New York Times recently ran an article entitled "More Young Americans Out of High School Are Also Out of Work" which discusses the lack of current and future employment prospects for high school graduates. It’s unfortunate that high school graduates face such a bleak employment outlook which is slowly progressing during this post recession era. With so few jobs currently available, high school graduates without a degree are having a hard time competing with college graduates for entry level jobs. Despite the employment difficulties many high school graduates now face, they are still optimistic about future employment prospects. This article is based on a report developed by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. The report describes a study that looked at how recent high school graduates who are not attending college full time are fairing in the workforce.

What are your thoughts about this article?

What suggestions do you propose to assist high school graduates to obtain employment?

User Comments (4)
On June 21, 2012  Maisha Meminger said:
Using non-paid internships, or job shadowing opportunities, will allow young people to get exposure to the workplace and help them explore further educational and training opportunities-including post-secondary education and credentialing. Our youth do live in a fast-paced environment; but they also need to understand, to be successful in this, and the future economy, takes time, education, and training- without it, they may continue to find themselves in and out of low paying jobs and not in life-long, living-wage earning, careers.

On June 21, 2012  Janeice youngblood said:
Mentoring programs, specifically career focused mentoring programs may offer youth a critical link to the world of work, education or training. Early intervention and engaging in mentoring programs while in high school can help youth with career exploration and career preparation framework to improve their chances of connecting to the laborforce.

On July 05, 2012  Sidney Gilman said:
Condensed Curriculum International, est 1993 in association with Pearson Education has online healthcare courses for national certification by students. College is not for everyone! Taking one of these courses while in high school reduces the dropout rate dramatically. Jobs are plentiful in the healthcare field. Sidney B. Gilman, Reg.Pharm. President Link:

On July 06, 2012  Maisha Meminger said:
Thanks for the great info Sidney!

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