Nonprofit career exploration company Roadtrip Nation is excited to start off the month of May with their new documentary, “Skill Shift.” Presented by KQED, “Skill Shift” is now airing nationally on public television stations and is available to watch online at rtn.is/skill-shift.
Fueled by Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Strada Education Network—with support from Snap-on Makers and Fixers—”Skill Shift” explores how people are finding the education, training, and opportunities they need to succeed in the future of work.
The film follows Christine, Erin, Ian, and Rasheed as they look ahead to their own futures. Alongside their journey, “Skill Shift” features snapshots of skill-focused careers in a broad range of industries, to highlight all the ways that building future-focused skills can lead to a fulfilling career path no matter who you are, what your goals might be, and where you’re at in life.
Christine is a California wildland firefighter looking to find a new green job that proactively heals the earth and prevents the sorts of climatic catastrophes she deals with day in and day out. Erin is fascinated by hands-on careers of all varieties—from welding to photography to animal conservation—and she’s eager to settle on a specific path forward.
Ian knows that his passion is helping students connect with fulfilling career paths—but right now, he’s trying to find the best path forward for him. Rasheed knows that tech has the power to drive change well into the future, but he’s still wondering how he can use his distinct IT skills to find a career he really cares about.
“‘Skill Shift’ is a film that gets right to the core of Roadtrip Nation’s mission,” said Mike Marriner, president and co-founder of Roadtrip Nation. “We want to equip people to find their footing in an uncertain future without losing their individuality and what makes them tick.
Everyone deserves the tools and training to find a secure, innovative, and engaging career, and we’re proud to have Jobs for the Future and Strada Education Network fueling this initiative, alongside additional support from Snap-on Makers and Fixers.”
Throughout their journey, Christine, Erin, Ian, and Rasheed cross paths with people like Kyle Tripp, an apprentice at Ironworkers Local 25, and Steven Jeanty, the head grower at AeroFarms, a vertical farming company. Interspersed with these interviews are features on future-focused professionals like Andrea Crawford, a wind turbine technician at DTE Energy, and Steve Seon, a CNC machinist at Keats Manufacturing Co.
Through these stories, the four roadtrippers discover that the unpredictability of the future is also an opportunity; it empowers them to define that future, and themselves, however they choose.
“While there are many pathways people can take to find employment, discovering how to align one’s strengths and interests to skills that are in demand in the labor market is key to helping individuals find their purpose in work and flourish in their careers,” said Maria Flynn, president and CEO for Jobs for the Future (JFF). “At JFF, we’re proud to support Roadtrip Nation in its mission to provide learners with the resources, support, and experiences needed to navigate their education and career journeys.”