Speak Up logo

Preparing Students for the World of Work Speak Up 2017 Findings
June 2018


Parents and administrators agree on the value of technology to help students develop greater college and career readiness

How to get students ready for world of work?
District Administrators say:

  1. Integrating workplace skill development into curriculum
  2. Leveraging digital tools and products to support student learning
  3. Increasing STEM career exploration opportunities for students

83% of parents say that the effective use of technology within school is important to their children's future success

48% say it’s extremely important!

Workplace skills & development - according to parents and community members

Most Important Skills

Creativity Critical thinking Communications Collaboration Technology Working with diverse groups
Parent 74% 87% 63% 77% 73% 76%
Community member 67% 79% 54% 69% 60% 75%

Best Way to Develop Skills

Get work experience Use tech in school Be a school leader Be on a sports/academic team Work on group project
Parent 78% 66% 63% 66% 59%
Communit member 75% 52% 57% 51% 49%

Students' attitudes about learning and their future
Students in grades 6-8

67% Like learning how to do things
58% Like learning how to build things
56% Like learning new ideas
45% Wish my classes were more interesting
42% Say knowing how to use technology is important for my future

Changing expectations for how students want to explore careers
Declining interest in:

Going to summer camp (31%)
Participating in after school programs (33%)
Career task competitions (27%)

Increasing interest in:
Getting real life experience (like an part-time job/internship) (66%)
Watching videos about different jobs (36%)
Playing online games about a career (38%)

SOURCE: Speak Up 2017 Research Project Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of over 400,000 K-12 students, parents, educators and community nationwide, collected from October 2017 to January 2018. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org.