National Career Development Policy

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On the heels of yesterday’s post about rethinking employment process in America, China Gorman writes,

This is so timely, Laurie! I was at a meeting in Washington DC last week with a number of corporate, government and non-profit leaders who were considering a very basic question: What would have to happen for every adult in the U.S. to understand basic career management principles, be skilled in career management, and actually own their own careers? It was a fascinating conversation that was summarized in this way: is it really possible to have a national career development policy? What do you think?

I love the idea — but I wonder if you can you have a national career development policy without addressing other issues in the workforce.

  • What about an improved national education policy?
  • Do we need to think about Gen Y and Gen X disabled veterans have come home from war and need to reenter the workforce?
  • What about a more forward-thinking approach to diversity and inclusion in the workforce? Where does that play a role in this debate?

There’s another elephant in the room. Can you have a national career development policy without a national healthcare policy?

I want to know what do you think about a national career development policy. What would it look like? Would we embrace Mike Rowe’s message about a re-commitment to trade schools? Should we encourage shop class along side of math and science classes in high school? Do we need to focus on a more skilled labor pool along with creating workers ready for a knowledge-based economy?

Thoughts, please. China needs them.

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