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Career Readiness & Employability

Equipping people with the skills they need for employment is a global challenge. It’s vital for economic success, and it transforms the lives of families. Across the world, 290 million young people are out of work. At the same time, almost 40% of employers tell us they can’t fill their vacancies. That’s why at Pearson, our mission is to help people make progress in their lives through learning.

We serve learners, teachers, and employers worldwide; we work at every point of the learning journey, from pre-school to the workplace. And because we know that for most of our learners, education and training are a means to an end – a job that supports them and their family – employability is the ultimate purpose of what we do.


On Track: Redefining Readiness in Education and the Workplace

What is college and career readiness and how can we ensure that our students are making progress toward those goals? This white paper describes and contrasts three readiness paradigms that not only assess strengths and weaknesses at multiple stages in learners’ lives, but also generate targeted interventions and supports to help learners progress toward significant future goals.

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Core Academic Competencies

One key component of career readiness is the ability to put core academic knowledge—like literacy, numeracy, and writing—and critical thinking skills to use in the workplace. Mastery of these core competencies prepares learners to analyze, reason, plan, and organize to make sound decisions.

Personal & Social Capabilities

The ability to build and maintain effective relationships is critical to success in any career in any sector of the job market. Personal and social capabilities, or “soft skills,” are the interpersonal skills and personal qualities that enable individuals to manage themselves and interact effectively with others in the workplace. Our programs can help learners develop these vital requirements for 21st century employment.

Career Knowledge & Transitional Skills

We recognize that making a positive impact on employment outcomes is about more than helping people get jobs; it’s also about preparing them for long-term success as their professional goals and employment opportunities evolve over time. With an understanding of career pathways and a well-developed set of transition skills like networking and interviewing, lifelong learners are better prepared to progress to and within their careers.

Occupational Competencies

In addition to core academic competencies, career readiness requires the mastery of occupation-specific competencies developed in both formal and experiential learning environments. This includes mastering specialized skills required to complete the functions and tasks of a particular job, and this mastery is often signified through industry-recognized credentials. Pearson collaborates with employers to ensure their employees are prepared for real-life work situations.


Diversity Matters

Student diversity helps improve career readiness. Graduates are more culturally aware, more productive working in teams, and have stronger leadership skills.

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Digital Content & Courseware


Online credentials for professional and experiential learning achievements
Digital Badges

Digital badges by Acclaim let academic institutions and organizations represent professional and experiential learning achievements online in the form of digital badges.
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Instructor-led online courses

CourseConnect reaches students online with more than 130 award-winning, outcomes-based, instuctor-led online courses that can be customized to meet your needs.
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Our educational solutions are built using world-class content and pedagogy. What if, in addition to using that content, you had the ability to organize the content in a way that was best for your course?
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Immersive content, tools, and experiences
Person MyLab
Pearson Mastering

The world’s leading collection of online homework, tutorial, and assessment products is designed to improve the results of each and every student.
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Real-time digital quizzes
Learning Catalytics

This “bring your own device” student engagement, assessment, and classroom intelligence system helps generate classroom discussion, guide your lecture, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics.
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Customizable content library
Pearson Collections

This all-in-one application of textbooks, open educational resources (OER), lesson plans, and web resources lets instructors create their own unique, custom course materials
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Online courses to meet industry demands
Pearson Workforce Education

We partner with institutions to create quality workforce training programs that can help improve outcomes for students, local communities, and institutions. Our 70+ online, self-paced and instructor led courses can diversify and bolster your workforce program.
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Writing and research support
Pearson Writer

Writing support for anyone—regardless of skill level, subject, or discipline— that’s affordable, built for mobile devices, and easy to use. This writing, grammar, and research guide takes care of the labor-intensive details of writing so writers can concentrate on what matters to them.
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Self-paced online learning

This student-directed, self-paced online learning program allows students to master academic courses at their own pace, with award-winning content and support from Pearson.
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An immersive learning experience
Pearson Revel

Revel is designed for the way today’s students read, think, and learn with digital learning tool with media interactives, assessments, and trackable metrics.
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Dynamic career readiness training
Pearson MyLab Career Success

MyLab Career Success helps students explore, prepare for, and launch successful careers through a powerful combination of the milestones-based interactive online learning instruction; GRITTM mindset and assessment; LinkedIn profile development and networking activities; and GRIT-certified career coaching.
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Dynamic career readiness training
Pearson MyLab Student Success

MyLab Student Success gives students everything they need to build and improve upon their professional development and soft skills. The customizable assignment manager and learning path module make this a powerful online skills tracking tool.
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Student Services & Retention


Online tutoring

The leader in on-demand student support, Smarthinking provides research-based, research-proven online tutoring services for students, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Online remediation of core academic competencies
Pearson MyLab Foundational Skills

MyLab Foundations Skills’s homework, assessment, and tutorial solutions combine The College Board’s assessment with Pearson’s proven online intervention. It analyzes academic strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, and math.
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Technical services

Our student and faculty help desk and LMS hosting services can provide your institution a cost-effective way to ensure uptime, customization, and technical support.
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