There’s a lot of talk these days about college and what level of education you’ll need to be successful in the 21st century. Meanwhile, there’s a steady—and largely unmet—demand for people that do things with their hands. At Huntington Ingalls Industries, for example, the vast majority of the people that we’ll hire over the next five years won’t have or even need a college degree.
The way I see it, it doesn’t matter if you have a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree or a high school diploma. If you have a love of learning, you’re going to be well set-up for work in the 21st century. In fact, if you’re joining the workforce today, your job will fundamentally change several times during your career, even if you happen to stay at the same company for the whole time.
That’s why workforce development is so important.