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2014 National Freshman Attitudes Report

Results of a new US survey suggest that almost half of first-year PSE students are looking for career counselling, and that 67% of entering students want help developing an education plan that will allow them to “get a good job.” 93% of incoming female students, compared to 88% of incoming males, expressed a greater commitment to completing their educational goals. The survey, which asked 100,000 first years in 2013 about their needs and desires for career planning assistance, also reveals that incoming students aged 25 and older were clearer on their career direction than their younger counterparts, but that 41% of these older students still wanted career counseling.

A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs

Case studies of Pre-­College Outreach Programs in the United States that help at-risk and other, less-prepared students prepare for and succeed in post-secondary  education. 

A Skills beyond School Review of the United States: Vocational Education and Training

As Canada deals with a perceived skills gap that has many stakeholders touting the benefits of more work-integrated learning, a new US report sees both strengths and failings in the country’s career and technical education (CTE) programs. The report says that there is an “exceptionally rich” variety of these types of programs in the US, and that labour market returns from CTE programs are good, on average. However, the authors also say that this diversity of programs may lead to confusion for students, leaving them wondering which programs are high quality and worth the investment.

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is a growing community of nearly 7,000 clinical mental health counselors. Together, we make a critical impact on the lives of Americans. AMHCA succeeds in giving a voice to our profession nationwide and in helping to serve you and your colleagues in your state.

An exploration of the determinants of the subjective well-being of Americans during the Great Recession

This paper uses data from the American Life Panel to understand the determinants of well-being in the United States during the Great Recession. It investigates how various dimensions of subjective well-being reflected in the OECD Better Life Framework impact subjective well-being. The results show that income is an important determinant of subjective well-being. The unemployed and the disabled are significantly less satisfied with their lives than the working population, while the retired and the homemakers are more satisfied. The paper expands the existing evidence by showing that homeowners, registered voters and those with access to health insurance have higher levels of subjective well-being.

Are recent college graduates finding good jobs?

A recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Current Issues reveals that the 2001 recession began the trend of recent US graduates working in jobs that do not require a degree, and that recent graduates are increasingly working in low-wage or part-time jobs. This underemployment among graduates has peaked at around 45% in 1992, 2004 and 2012, the report shows. Furthermore, the data show that underemployment was higher in some fields than in others. While 8% of recent liberal arts graduates were unemployed, another 52% didn’t need a degree for the job they held. Meanwhile, 5% of engineering undergrads were unemployed and only 20% were underemployed.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation’s economy. (USA)

Career Counselor Technology Forum (CCTF)

2013 Career Counselor Technology Forum members are taking on the “Blogging Challenge” and sharing their ideas and experiences using technology.

Class of 2013: Paid interns outpace unpaid peers in job offers and salaries

Unpaid internships don’t necessary lead to better job prospects, according to US data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). It asked more than 9,200 US seniors from February through the end of April whether they’ve received a job offer, and if they’ve ever had either a paid or unpaid internship. It found that 63.1% of students who had done a paid internship received at least one job offer. However, only 37% of former unpaid interns said they had received a job offer, which is only 1.8% more than those who had never interned.

College-Educated Americans Less Engaged in Jobs

Americans with a PSE degree are generally less engaged on the job than those who have completed some higher education or none at all, according to a poll of more than 150,000 American adults in 2012. 28.3% of PSE graduates say they are engaged on the job, or “involved in and enthusiastic about their work,” compared to 29.6% of people who finished some college and 32.7% of people who didn’t go beyond high school.

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