"Edward Gordon brings a good deal of data, insight, and clarity to a hotly debated topic: the skills required by the workers of the Postindustrial Age. . . Future Jobs maps out the dimensions of an underappreciated crisis confronting not only the United States but also many of the world's developed and emerging economies: the rapidly growing shortage of adults who possess the basic skills to qualify for high growth, information-intensive jobs of what the author calls the age of 'cyber-mental work.' . . . Future Jobs makes a convincing case that there is an urgent need to provide tens of millions of U.S. workers—both the unemplyed and employed—with advanced cognitive skills. . . He concludes that the only effective means by which America can timely address its workplace skills crisis is through local initiatives: employers collaborating with educators, government, and civic leadership to provide millions of individuals with the specific skills required to perform the jobs of our Cyber-Mental Age."
"Gordon, a business consultant, examines how the United States can reduce workforce skills shortages by offering comprehensive regional solutions. . . . Recommended."
"With wisdom, integrity, compassion, and determination, Dr. Gordon identifies and analyzes the issues, and proposes with demonstrably workable solutions. Gordon concludes, ‘As an optimist, I believe that American society's greater flexibility and dynamism will prevail as in past eras. My hope is that Future Jobs will inspire people in many walks of life to take a proactive role in shaping that new jobs and talent era.'"
"Edward Gordon's new book Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis has brought a number of disciplines to the top macroeconomic problem of our day. His analysis provides a proper perspective of structural unemployment and the many avenues to address this problem. Gordon's book is a must-read for any serious policymaker and students looking at today's labor market."
"Ed Gordon has effectively described the perfect storm—the Talent Cliff—as well as our safe harbor—RETAINs. In the United States we face an absolute crisis in education and training that can be absolutely flipped into the foundation for a truly sustainable society. His prescription for RETAINs gives us the kind of independent public-private partnership that's essential for success and overcoming the public and private sector silos that have prevented breakthroughs in education and workforce development. Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis is an essential resource for community, educational, labor, governmental, and business leaders throughout the country."
"Edward Gordon's latest book is a stimulating read for all who care about jobs and skills. Ed's analysis impels his readers to consider a fresh take on the changing nature of work, the rising global demand for talent, and how we can make sense of the sometimes contradictory signals from labor market data, employers, and our education and training system. Most important, Future Jobs presents tangible solutions to the jobs challenge that offer real benefits to employers and workers alike."
"Future Jobs is a wonderful resource for students to determine the most promising career paths. Gordon reminds us of the significant mismatch between the skills needed for careers and the content of much of our education. He provides a fine overview of employer needs in our rapidly changing competitive landscape."