Shaping the Future of Work: What Employers Can Learn From Young Workers Virtual Live Event

Shaping the Future of Work: What Employers Can Learn From Young Workers Virtual Live Event

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Join a live conversation about how young workers can lead in building a more equitable workplace of the future. Co-hosted by PBS & America's Promise YES Project, this is part of the discussion around the Future of Work. 

Over the past few decades, the world of work has drastically changed, and significant national focus has been placed on preparing young workers for the modern workforce. In this conversation, we acknowledge the power and strengths of today’s young workers and flip the script on this narrative. Instead of asking, “How ready are young workers for the modern workplace?” we ask, “How ready is the modern workplace for the new generation of young workers?”

Young workers tend to bring a different lens to work than previous generations. They desire a sense of meaning and purpose from their work; they prioritize work-life balance; they are more candid and transparent about mental health; they recognize the importance of their identities in how they show up at work; and they collectively have a sense of commitment to equity and justice. The COVID-19 pandemic and its broad-ranging effects have brought these issues even more to the forefront.

In light of a common narrative around today’s “labor shortage,” many young workers are pushing back, noting that the real shortage is the lack of decent jobs where employees are safe, valued, and fairly compensated.

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This conversation is based on an upcoming PBS documentary series, Future of Work, which explores how the world of work—and the American Dream—is changing. This event will feature clips from the documentary’s accompanying digital series, which examines how the current economic and health crises are impacting long-term employment trends for entry-level and early career workers.

Watch Future of Work, a three part series, airing on WXXI & PBS September 1 at 10pm, September 8 at 10pm , and September 15 at 10pm 

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About WXXI Education's American Graduate Work

WXXI has been part of the national American Graduate over a number of phases. During the past several years, WXXI has collaborated with regional partners to advance education and career readiness in the region by building awareness of career pathways to attain “good jobs.” WXXI has produced over 30 local content videos focused in-demand career sectors that require training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree to get started in the field. 

WXXI's American Graduate work emphasizes:

• Thousands of in-demand jobs that go unfilled in our region
• Accessing careers through training, apprenticeship, professional certificates,
associates programs, and on-the-job training
• Sharing inspiring stories of how people found their career pathway
in our region and how individuals can get started pursuing a career and continue to learn
• Connecting to resources to research new career options
• Local hands-on career events, industry tours, career days and job fairs
• Connecting with career counselors at educational sites and one-stop job centers and workforce resources to make connections for students

• WXXI connects schools, libraries, out of school programs, parents, youth and young adults with career exploration resources in the region that are free to all such as: 

Learn More About: WXXI Education | WXXI American Graduate