Unemployed US Youth Struggling due to Lack of Higher Education

Unfortunately, the American youth is struggling with low national unemployment. The current unemployment rate for 18-24-year-olds is 17 percent, whereas the general unemployment rate is 3.8 percent (Brookings Institution). Most of the unemployed youth lack higher education.

Brookings’ Martha Ross explains in her report, “In theory, the path to employment providing financial security in adulthood is simple: finish high school, enroll in and complete college or training that is affordable and a good fit, gain some work experience along the way, and launch a career.”

“The report characterized the younger unemployed as bilingual Karina, 19, who graduated high school recently and is considering continuing her studies; single-mom Monica, 23; Juan, 20, who attends community college and has worked seasonal jobs; 19-year-old Stephanie who left state university after a year because of financial concerns; Matt, 24, who has an associate’s degree but who lost his job at a car dealership when the business closed; and Amy, 22, who has a bachelor’s and volunteers as a tutor.

Ross and Holmes described the young unemployed in relation to education:

  • 18 to 21 year olds with a high school diploma or less (37% of total out of work youth)
  • 22 to 24 year olds with a high school diploma or less (25%)
  • 18 to 21 year olds with at least some education beyond high school (17%)
  • 22 to 24 year olds with at least some education beyond high school (15%)
  • 22 to 24 year olds with bachelor’s degrees (6%)”

(VOA News)

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Call for Applications! PhD Position in Computer Science and more

At TU Dresden, Faculty of Computer Science, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Chair of Computational Logic offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD Student

within the Collaborative Research Center CRC/TR 248 „Foundations of Perspicuous Software Systems“ starting on 1st March 2019. The position is fixed-term to 31st December 2022. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g. Ph.D.). Balancing family and career is an important issue. The post is basically suitable for candidates seeking part-time employment. A part-time employment of 50% of the fulltime weekly hours is possible.

The Computer Science CRC/Transregio 248 lays the scientific foundations for the cyber-physical systems of the future, enabling them to explain their functionality and behaviour (so-called Perspicuous Systems). We are researching a foundational and applicable theory of explanations for all facets of system behaviour, as well as visual and verbal elucidation methods for diverse user groups. More information can be found at www.perspicuous-computing.science.

As a member of the Chair of Computational Logic you will be part of a successful team of experienced researchers of many nationalities and backgrounds. You will work in the vibrant scientific environment of the CRC and TU Dresden, one of the leading German research universities. Dresden is a highly livable city with a rich cultural life and beautiful nature.

As a member of the project teams in sub-projects C2 and E3 of the Collaborative Research Center, you will be researching new methods in the area of Abstract Argumentation and Non-Monotonic Reasoning. You will be working on one or several of the following tasks: Argumentation for composition and compatibility; Argumentation dynamics; Development of a dialectical semantics to justify conclusions; Prototypical implementation and empirical evaluation. The position is focussed on foundational research. Publication and presentation of research results at international venues is an important part of the work.

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

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New social media platform for finding a language parnter at Cologne`s universities

The International Office of the University of Cologne provides a network platform which helps Students to find a partner they can get together with in order to learn or improve a foreign language. This language learning set-up is called TANDEM!

The aim of the project is to connect students to improve together their langauge skills and broaden their cultural horizon.

Students from all universtities in Cologne as well as from the universities University of Bonn, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, RWTH Aachen and University of Wuppertal can use this portal.