The goal of the research is to identify the employment possibilities that the graduates of the Academia program ("the middle third") will face upon completion of their studies. This research analyses the future job market and formulates recommendations that will enable the graduates of the program to better cope with the demands and sensitivities of this market.
This study presents the following findings:
The future job market will undergo rapid changes, primarily due to the accelerated entry of information and communications technologies, as well as other breakthrough technologies that create a new business structure. Many professions will disappear, but new professions will emerge that offer a range of new and diverse opportunities for the Academia program population. This requires preparation in advance by the formal and informal education systems.
Most of the employment opportunities for the program's population will be in professional fields including:
Medical support professions (nursing, paramedical fields, social workers, medical technicians, medical information management, and more).
Business and financial support systems (investment advisors, banking, insurance, law, bookkeeping and accounting, logistics and international delivery, commercial law, customs, etc).
Professions in leisure culture and education (hospitality, training, classes, art, etc).
Environmental professions (environmental engineering, risk assessment, alternative energies, architecture and regional development, etc).
Commercial support professions, such as: sales, marketing, advertising
Technical professions in the branches of generics and breakthrough high-tech industries, Internet telecommunications organizations and software.
Academic education will continue to serve as a necessary entry ticket for the job market. However, a range of employment opportunities will open for workers with professional training, though not necessarily academic training (for example, technicians, practical engineers, etc). The gaps between formal education and the needs of the future job market will require an expansion of informal training to provide the project's population with the required skills.
These skills, which are constantly becoming more important, include: cognitive skills related to enriching knowledge in fields of science and technology, such as quantitative thinking, computer literacy, conflict resolution, reading comprehension and the performance of task in a foreign language (English), as well as non-cognitive skills pertaining to personal empowerment such as strengthening confidence and self-image, motivation, adaptation to changes, independent learning ability, creativity, initiative, precision, reliability, interpersonal communication, verbal and written expression, and development of personal awareness. Instilling combined content of cognitive and non-cognitive abilities is likely to ensure better absorption of the Academia program's population in the future job market.