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Future Workforce: Mission Impossible?

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Kent Smith

Some provocative thoughts here on current and future of the US workforce. After decades of reducing expectations, lowering the bar and parental interest, the US is now dependent on importing intelligence. This is evidenced by the number of new citizens H1B and Green card residents flocking to the US. Even more painful to the US economy is the fact we have replaced voracious consumers who had high paying jobs and disposable income with a more frugal group. How can the economy kick start if consumers aren’t buying?

How do we reverse this? Last week, Texas has just lowered Math standards again for High School kids. While many shout hurray, they will be surprised to find out they can’t enter college without Algebra II. We should make the education standard tougher, not easier so our kids can compete with the global competition they now face. Without a college degree, there is no chance at a high paying job.

Further complicating this is the US government is trying to eliminate the H1B Visa worker. So companies have highly technical positions to fill, our education system is failing them, us and our kids and now we combine this with reducing the import of intelligence?

Reducing the H1B Visa worker is designed to force companies to hire displaced US workers, however many displaced US workers are not qualified for these highly technical positions.

Where will US companies turn for talent???

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Kent Smith

Kent Smith is a Senior Business Development Manager at Talent 101. He is responsible for managing the semiconductor engineering solutions at Talent 101’s clients. His expertise includes recruiting and workforce solutions, and working with engineering groups at Talent 101’s clients to improve business performance.