LifeLaunching By TrustNavigator LLC Blog
Trust Navigator LLC is a not-for-profit organization focusing on enriching the traditional college experience by career guidance education, skill development, and networking college students with alumni and employers who seek qualified candidates. Trust Navigator offers an on campus affinity group called LifeLaunching which focuses on those business, life, and career educational skill sets, as well as provides weekly employment panels engaging alumni from various on-campus organizations and participating sponsor employers. Our affinity group is a fee-based professional development program that operates as a student organization on campus which provides students with shadowing opportunities and potential internship/co-ops through their LifeLaunching Mentor.
This litmus test is having an expanding impact on employers and our youth. Created decades ago in the need of job candidates with specific skills, this mantra has morphed with employers into an antiquated job screening method with a social stigma for a whole generation. The college degree has replaced last century’s high school diploma. In the past, high school completion identified basic skills to read, write and show up to work on time. College was for those who could afford it
Have you noticed how many conversations today seem to start with the weather? It used to be just getting on elevators. Now, “sorry I am late, the roads are horrible” or “this winter seems to be lasting forever, isn’t it?” My father used to say that people that talk about the weather just don’t have anything better to talk about. No longer is the weather conversation just an icebreaker for conversation. Increasingly it is a substitute.
Before college there was family and tribe. College was developed as a finishing school for those who could afford it after high school. Today, just over 60% of high school graduates go directly to college. The 17-22-year-old age group makes up only 40% of the current college population.
Every generation brings a new challenge to employers. Moving from an agrarian society to industrial society involved heavy training for new skill sets, but there was never a question of work ethic. As the industrial revolution became a worldwide phenomenon, the need for workers created a worldwide displacement of families pursuing job opportunities.