The Career Arts: Making the Most of College, Credentials, and Connections, featuring Ben Wildavsky and Sara Allan

7:00pm CT

The Career Arts: Making the Most of College, Credentials, and Connections,  featuring Ben Wildavsky and Sara Allan

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Family Action Network (FAN) sponsored program.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel.


Young people coming out of high school today can expect to hold many jobs over the course of their lives, which is why they need a range of essential skills. Ben Wildavsky’s new book The Career Arts: Making the Most of College, Credentials, and Connections provides a corrective to the widespread and misleading notion that there is a direct trade-off between going to college and acquiring practical job skills. Wildavsky cuts through the noise and anxiety surrounding this issue to offer sensible, clear-eyed guidance for anyone who is making decisions about education and career preparation with a view to getting ahead in the workforce. Drawing on evidence-based research, illuminating case studies, and in-depth interviews, Wildavsky shares the most vital lessons of what he calls the career arts, which include cultivating a mix of broad and targeted skills, taking advantage of employer-funded education benefits, and preparing for the world as it is, not as you wish it could be. He explains why college remains the gold standard of credentials and presents the most promising high-quality supplements and alternatives to college that can help learners combine general and job-specific skills. He shows how building social capital is also critical to success, particularly for disadvantaged students. Wildavsky is a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development. He is the award-winning author of The Great Brain Race and coeditor of Reinventing Higher Education and Measuring Success. He is the host and coproducer of the Higher Ed Spotlight podcast. Wildavsky will be in conversation with Sara Allan, the incoming president of the Valhalla Foundation. Before Valhalla, Allan was the director in the U.S. Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She joined the foundation in 2011.

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