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Future of Work

Future of Work

Every person has gifts and potential. Shifting how our country empowers people in the workplace is key to unlocking them to the benefit of individuals, employers, and society as a whole.

Transforming human potential through work

Stand Together’s vision for a society where every person can realize their potential requires empowering people to discover purposeful careers.

Unfortunately, people are directed to jobs based on one-size-fits-all education and workforce pathways. While a 4-year degree is right for many people, it’s not the only or appropriate path to success for many others. Employers that hire based on degree rather than talent limit the opportunities and miss out on the contributions of millions of Americans. And policymakers who distort incentives in favor of traditional degree programs inhibit innovation and choice.

The Stand Together community aims to improve how businesses identify and support talent and how people think about what it means to find fulfilling work. We’re doing this by partnering with employers to change their hiring practices to focus more on individual aptitudes and mindsets rather than credentials, supporting and growing awareness of alternatives to a traditional college education, and advancing policy reforms that change how postsecondary education and job training are financed.

Three people sit together collaborating with notebooks. FEATURED STORY How did the Golden State Warriors win 4 championships? They focused on aptitudes, not credentials.
Real solutions, lasting change

The Stand Together community is partnering with employers, educators, policymakers, and education entrepreneurs to transform human potential through work.


States have eliminated or are in the process of removing degree requirements for public-sector jobs.


Companies now have the tools to implement hiring and advancement strategies based on skills and mindset.


Working people have been linked to new career opportunities through alternative education and workforce training models.

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Stand Together community partners are recognized as among the most innovative and effective organizations in America. Below is a snapshot of our current partnership network focused on the future of work.

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Three people sit together collaborating with notebooks. How did the Golden State Warriors win 4 titles? They prioritized this.

Companies and employees benefit when there’s robust job mobility that focuses on employees’ aptitudes, not credentials.

Todd Rose and Mike Rowe pictured together Is college necessary for success? Todd Rose and Mike Rowe discuss

Our education system is at a crossroads. Why rethinking college could be the answer.  

A man climbs up a ladder Fulfillment or a higher salary? This group says both are possible.

Many Americans are stuck in a cycle of low-wage work. Merit America is offering a ladder up.

People working together. Skills-based hiring works, but hiring based on skills and strengths is even better

Factoring strengths and aptitudes into hiring decisions is a win-win for employees and businesses.

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