In this episode of the Work in Progress podcast from SXSW EDU in Austin, I am joined by Patti Constantakis of Walmart.org, Bridgette Gray of Opportunity@Work, and Kenny Nguyen of ThreeSixtyEight in a discussion about how to create better access to good jobs for people without a bachelor’s degree.
A four-year college degree can be a ticket to a good job and a great career, but it’s not for everyone. In fact, it’s not for most workers.
More than half of U.S. workers do not have a four-year bachelor’s degree. They’re what’s called STARs –Skilled Through Alternative Routes, and they get their start through community college, work experience, military service and credentialing.
But too many employers still use a bachelor’s degree as a barrier to entry, depriving many STARs from higher-paying jobs and career growth and depriving the companies of top talent.
Last week I attended the SXSW EDU conference where I moderated a panel on The Invisible Barrier to Economic Mobility. The conversation focused on how STARs can Tear the Paper Ceiling created by employers who value a degree over skills when it comes to hiring and promotion.
Joining me on stage in Austin were Patti Constantakis from Walmart.org, Bridgette Gray from Opportunity @Work, and Kenny Nguyen of ThreeSixtyEight.
You can listen to our conversation here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Episode 264: Patti Constantakis from Walmart.org, Bridgette Gray from Opportunity @Work, and Kenny Nguyen of ThreeSixtyEight
Host & Executive Producer: Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, WorkingNation
Producer: Larry Buhl
Executive Producers: Joan Lynch and Melissa Panzer
Theme Music: Composed by Lee Rosevere and licensed under CC by 4.0
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