Learning to Earning: Higher Education and the Changing Job Market
There’s growing interest in measuring quality in Ontario postsecondary education, but for many people, including students and employers, the ultimate measures come after graduation -- in the job market. While research consistently shows that job prospects are considerably better for those with a postsecondary credential, the challenges of the current world economy are prompting widespread debates on the value of higher education and its role in preparing graduates for a changing labour market.
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) is hosting an international conference Nov. 1-2 in Toronto on postsecondary education and its role in preparing students for the world of work. Learning to Earning: Higher Education and the Changing Job Market will inform the debate with the latest in research and best practice. Hear from experts on the frontlines in more than a dozen sessions exploring key issues including:
the must-have work skills and capabilities and whether students are actually acquiring them
student expectations before they enter the job market and the realities once they arrive there
college and university accountability for outcomes in the work world
international trends in the job market
credential inflation as reality or rhetoric
alignment between higher education and the job market
Learn more about the most effective programs and partnerships in career placement, collaborative degrees, apprenticeships, work integrated learning and employer training programs. And join the discussion as we conclude with a look at tomorrow’s labour market. Can we predict it with any accuracy and if so, what will it look like?
The conference will be of particular interest to college and university faculty, administrators, students and parents, employers in the private, non-profit and public service sectors, business associations, government decision-makers and policy researchers in education, labour and economic development, career guidance professionals and anyone who wants to better understand higher education and its impact on the world of work.