The University of Arizona

UA Aims to Prepare Students for Careers of the Future

With the fourth industrial revolution on the horizon, the University of Arizona is aiming to stay ahead of the curve in workforce development and career readiness. In a recent luncheon with Sun Corridor Inc., UA President, Robert C. Robbins outlined his vision of the University as leaders in a new era of technology. 

Today, 77 percent of parents and teenagers are concerned about having a successful job or career in the future due to the threat of automation, according to a recent survey by Junior Achievement USA. 

In the midst of these new technological advancements, including automation, intelligent robots, self-driving cars, and artificial intelligence, the UA is preparing its students to be adaptable, flexible workers that are prepared to change careers. Through the integration of soft skills training, such as networking, problem solving, and the ability to craft creative solutions, UA students are graduating as distinguished, malleable workers. 

In fact, 92 percent of employers rate UA grads as having the skills needed to succeed on the job, compared to 23 percent nationally. In addition, 89 percent of employers rate UA grads as exceeding the quality of their peers, according to 2016 internal employment data. 

Today, the UA provides innovative career offerings such as Build the Skill: Collaboration, an experience developed in partnership with the Education Design Lab and universities across the globe that help students develop the skills employers look for.

 In addition, the UA Coding Boot Camp, provides students with the technical skills of web development in just 24 weeks, while also incorporating soft skills such as networking that translates across various fields and jobs. As a result, students not only leave with the hard skills to contribute to the workforce, they also have the versatility to adapt to new jobs and change careers on the fly. 

The Arizona Daily Star has written some great article about how the UA is aiming to prepare students for careers of the future. You can check some of them out here and here.