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Presentations and Workshops

InterLink presentations and workshops are continuously updated with the most current labor market and business trend information. Topics in these presentations may be included in with other presentations.

Whatever Happened to the Great American Job?

The workforce of tomorrow will have jobs that are not even imagined today. Technology, terrorism and temptation have changed the face of the workforce so rapidly that it is difficult for business and education to keep up, yet educators are being challenged to prepare students with the skills to make the American workforce globally competitive. Included in this fast paced and informative, presentation is a look at the changing workforce, work place trends, the skills industry wants, identification of growing occupations and ways to forecast them, and the educational requirements for the future workplace.

The Future of Work

Nanotechnology, DNA, Robotics, Data Mining and Holography are but a few of the industries that will shape the future of work. Included in this thought provoking presentation are the types of technology that will influence the jobs of the future and the way we will work. It also brings awareness of the social and ethical issues these technologies will inspire.

The Perfect Storm

As we face the storms of uncertainty in the workplace, job competition from abroad, changing demographics, and dynamic changes in the work of the future, it would be easy to drown in the undertow. This presentation identifies the "Perfect Storm" and realistically discusses what we as individuals can do to survive it.

The Puzzle

Demographics, education, personal and national debt, social security, the workforce, and work trends will drastically change the future for the next generation of workers. This presentation puts the pieces of the puzzle together and gives ideas on what might be done to prepare ourselves for the future.

Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

"Gen. X, Y, and Beyond!" The latch key kids are mature, and the "echo boomers" are blooming! They have never known life without technology, but they have witnessed more violence than any age group before them. Many negatives such as 9/11, escalating crime, and globalization shape their worldview. Their behavior in the classroom transfers right into the workforce at a time when they are competing with Baby Boomers who won't get out of the way. The information in this presentation puts into perspective the mindset of these generations with lots of ATTITUDE!

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Provides insight into the targeted occupations identified by North Central Texas employers to be in high demand. A snapshot of business and education trends for the workforce, followed by the opportunities for jobs that may have been overlooked but which offer good potential for growth and earnings, makes this session a must see.

The Job Snatchers

We've all heard of the offshore workforce and how high skill, high wage jobs are being sent overseas. But technology is also doing work once performed by our labor. Our workforce is changing and will continue to do so. But where does that leave the worker? This presentation helps you prepare.

Jumpstarting Your Future

Tells it like it is! The future for today's students will be very different from that of their parents. Their success in adult life will be based upon their knowledge, skills and life long learning. This information describes the changing workplace, trends, skill and education needs. It reinforces the importance of staying in school and taking challenging courses.

To Degree or Not to Degree? That is the Question!

"Lifelong learning" has been the buzzword into the millennium. But what does that mean in terms of preparing for the workforce? Do workers need a two year degree, four year degree or beyond? Are there quality jobs available without a degree? Find the answers in this presentation!

What Employers Want (available online in the Publications section)

InterLink asked regional employers the following question: If you had access to teachers of middle school to high school students, what advice would you give them to prepare their students for the workforce of the next 5-8 years? This power point presentation offers their responses.

To Infinity and Beyond! (Workshop)

Roll up your sleeves and come prepared to work. An all day workshop teaching career investigation and preparation through the on use of labor market information.

Overcoming Barriers: Gender Equity and Non Traditional Careers (Workshop)

Explore nontraditional occupations for men and women and discover methods to help them reap the benefits of breaking with traditional roles.

SCANS ~ Skills Can Achieve Necessary Success (Workshop)

Identified over a decade ago in a public/private sector initiative, the skills featured in this presentation are still imperative to prepare the workforce of today for the jobs of tomorrow.

The North Central Texas Focus Group Project Report (available online in the Publications section)

InterLink spent nine months conducting business/industry focus groups on their needs for the future. They got specific about just which skills they need, what their workforce will be like in 5 years, and who should do what to prepare young people for the future. Also in a nine-month period, focus groups were conducted with students, secondary and post secondary educators, and parents discussing how we are preparing students for the future. This report validates much of what is being said about the need to enhance education with an eye toward students' futures, with a few surprises as well!