Career Readiness Stats

COVID-19 Stats:

(As of March 26, 2020) School closures due to coronavirus have impacted at least 124,000 U.S. public and private schools and affected over 55 million students. stats:

  • To date, over 4 million unique online learner served
  • Over 45,000 registered volunteers, 1/3 of which are corporate partner volunteers
  • 190 out of 195 countries where online learners have used to get career advice and info
  • Student demographics:
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  • Countries most active on CareerVillage:
    • USA (60-65%)
    • International (40-35%)
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  • About 20,000 students visit in a week

General stats:

  • Youth report barriers and challenges to getting the skills needed for the job they want
    • 33% say they have no information
    • 31% say they have no relationships
    • 52% say they have no opportunities
    • (Other reasons: no financial resources, recruitment qualification, too much housework, gender discrimination, health issues, and other)
  • Emerging technology in AI, robotics, automation, 3-D printing, biotechnology, and quantum computing could potentially displace more than 5 million jobs by 2020, with most of this loss concentrated in low- and middle-skill jobs.
  • 47% of today’s jobs will be redefined in 20 years
  • 65% of students today will do jobs that don’t yet exist
  • 40% of employers report skill shortages negatively impact business


  • Average of 500 high school students to 1 school counselor, in some states like California, it is much worse at 900:1 (Source: NYT)
  • Nearly half of all high school seniors believe they lack the full spectrum of skills and abilities needed to secure non-entry-level jobs. One-fourth of seniors surveyed reported they did not feel at all prepared for college-level work (Source: San Francisco Youth Empowerment Fund, 2011).
  • Ninety-three percent of middle school students report that their goal is to attend college. However, only 44% enroll in college, and only 26% graduate with a college diploma within six years of enrolling (Source: Conley, 2012a; Conley, 2012b)


  • 1.8 billion global youth who today are between the ages of 15 and 29
  • By 2020, the global economy will have a shortage of 40 million workers with tertiary education, a shortage of 45 million workers with secondary education, and a surplus of 95 million low- skilled workers.
  • Alarming trends show that by 2030, over half of the world’s young people – 825 million – will not have the most basic skills for employment and participation in society.

Source: Deloitte and the Global Business Coalition for Education's report on Preparing tomorrow’s workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution For business: A framework for action