In the latest sign of a tight labor market, Amazon made headlines again by hosting a nation-wide career day event to help fill 30,000 open jobs. For educators, news like this raises a familiar question: “Are our students and adult learners prepared to seize these opportunities and thrive in these roles?” You may not have an Amazon facility in your backyard, but most institutions have at least one major employer in their region that drives prosperity by offering quality jobs and opportunity for advancement. So, using Amazon as an example, let’s look at how a college or university might identify the needs of a major employer, and use that data to proactively pursue a strategic partnership.
The story the numbers tell is one full of promise: cities of all sizes and locations possess a unique mix of regional strengths, with a wide array of industries and occupations that they would be particularly suited to develop.
What skills do you need to work at top U.S. companies like Amazon, Apple, Exxon Mobil, and Walmart? Emsi analyzed millions of online job postings to see what skills these companies want and how they’ve changed over time. Hint: management is a popular one.