The past few years have been a whirlwind of confusion and change. Let’s face it – no one knows what will happen next. But in all that adversity, learning more about the different post-graduation options can help slowly turn the unknown into the known. To discuss this post-high school dilemma, hosts JW Marshall and Leena Marie Saleh chatted with Betsy Corcoran, co-founder of EdSurge and new founder of Lede Ventures.
As a journalist for most of his career, Corcoran recognized the value of learning and understood the supportive power of technology. So much so that she founded EdSurge, an education support technology platform. After selling the platform in 2019, Corcoran grew Lede Ventures with a group of women dedicated to tech in education.
Corcoran said: “We’re going to be doing a lot of consulting and working with other groups to really help support how technology is used and hopefully in a way that brings people together, not separates them. ” Students, especially those who have endured tumultuous times throughout the pandemic, have faced many challenges, some of which are ongoing. So how do graduating high school students determine what’s next after graduation?
“We are in a strange time. These are strange and unprecedented times… We have seen an unprecedented number of options available to young people,” Corcoran said. Navigating this bridge requires guidance, but there are several options available to young learners, including taking a gap year or, as Corcoran put it, “…You can get an apprenticeship, you can go into a boot camp, you can get an internship, and companies started thinking very differently about that world.
Companies go through a cycle of how and who to recruit and also determining how much they should invest in their employees, as retention is often an issue. “…They’ve stopped doing all these training programs and all these retention programs and they’re doing fun things…but this generation is saying something else,” Corcoran explained. She noted that many of the new generations want companies to know who they are, have open opportunities, get paid well for their work, and have meaningful work. As these demands increase, companies are forced to reassess and change to meet the need.
So, for recent high school graduates, the question now is: who is going to help you figure out your next steps after graduation? How do you know who to trust?