I confess I haven’t researched this deeply enough yet, but I have a growing sense that there’s a very interesting study to be done on what the pandemic has shown us about the actually-viable paths to prosperity in the United States today.
Without debating specific functions [e.g. STEM vs. humanities], how many companies have demonstrated that they can survive or thrive thus far, and how many will pass that test a year from now?
My guess is that the number is much too small for comfort — smaller, that is, than the usual pipeline of [indebted, ambitious, none-too-specifically-trained] “talent” coming out of colleges and universities are counting on.
Colleges and companies are both being forced to adapt. But don’t lose sight of the graduates, job-seekers, and gig workers caught in the gears.