A New National Approach to Career Navigation for Working Learners
This Center for American Progress report, prepared by Jobs for the Future in collaboration with CAP, details the inadequacy of the career navigation assistance now available and why the United States needs a new approach. The report describes the urgent need, which has been exacerbated by recent trends in the economy. It also showcases promising models of career navigation that have emerged—created by community colleges, employers, labor unions, public workforce systems, and community-based organizations—but remain small, boutique enterprises. The third section envisions a more robust national approach to career navigation services for working adults and explores both design principles and challenges. Finally, the authors recommend next steps and federal policy actions that would move us closer to achieving that vision.