Michigan School Counselors, Government Officials and Employers Discuss Career Readiness at Focus: Future of Work

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 11:15 am

EAST LANSING, Mich. (Nov. 6, 2019) – The Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) is hosting the second annual Focus: Future of Work conference. This year’s conference will cover what the next generation wants from work, future talent demand, and how school counselors can help meet this demand. The free-to-attend event is exclusive to Michigan high school counselors and focuses on career readiness.

Sponsored by Kelly Services®, a Michigan-based global workforce solutions leader and the Michigan Education Association, this year’s event introduces the concept of human agility.

“Jobs of the future will require agility, an ability to train, upskill, enter and re-enter the workforce multiple times during one’s adult life,” says Holly Markiecki Bennetts, past-president of MACAC. “This shifts education away from a clearly defined start and stop point in time to lifelong learning and retooling in response to new and emerging opportunities.”

“The workforce, the workplace, technology and social norms are leading to a whole new way of working,” says John Healy, vice president and managing director of Kelly Services, Office of the Future of Work. “The future of work in Michigan, and thus the future of education in Michigan, is being shaped by human agility.”

Healy will share the impact of trends such as automation and STEM readiness on careers in the state. The event will showcase new and emerging high-paying jobs in skilled manufacturing and STEM careers that may not require a degree. Human Resources representatives of Michigan-based employers Plastic Omnium and Cooper Standard will preview these types of jobs over the next five to 10 years, including salary projections, skills requirements and relevant high school experiences.

The conference will be held Friday, November 15 from 8:30AM to 1:30PM at the Michigan Education Association (MEA) headquarters. Approximately 150 counselors will be in attendance.

Focus: The Future of Work 2019 is free to attend, and attendees can earn up to four State Continuing Education Clock Hour (SCECH) credits. To register, click here.

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The Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) was founded in 1970 and is an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). It is an organization averaging 1,100 professionals from across the state and region serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education. MACAC effectively brings together secondary school counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers, independent counselors, and organizations engaged in guiding students through the secondary-to-higher-education transition process.