“When jobs are unfilled for too long, they are more likely to be permanently outsourced to countries with lower labour costs or a bettersuited talent pool”
advanced economies will not have the gainfully employed in meaningful careers.
Meanwhile, the myth that soft skills are innate – and that only technical skills can be taught – continues to fuel the skills gap. In reality, seemingly abstract traits like problemsolving ability, work ethic, and self-awareness can be developed in the right setting and with the right tools.
Many students cannot pinpoint exactly which skills they lack, but they are acutely aware that they lack self-esteem as a result. Consider Abi, a student from Boston who had difficulties in her home life and once believed she would never be successful.
Simple mentoring and training programmes carried out by College For Every Student (a nonprofit organisation funded by the GE Foundation) taught her essential skills and boosted her confidence, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of personal development.
Indeed, the skills gap is even wider for young people from low-income households, who largely miss out on educational