Contributed by: Alex Harris, Cohort III
Making it in Hawaiʻi is hard. Just look at the Hawaiʻi Jobs Explorer to see how few jobs pay wages sufficient to our cost of living.
Emerging from the past two years however, we have learned so much—which industries are strong, growing, and lead to upward mobility. Inspired by a Talent Roadmap and infused with major investments, new career pathways are growing into healthcare, technology, and the skilled trades. Several Omidyar Fellows are connected in these system-building efforts:
- Hawaiʻi Career Pathways (Alex Harris, Tammi Oyadomari-Chun, Stephen Schatz)
This project helps students to explore and plan their path through education and into the workplace through better navigational support, more opportunities to experience the world of work, and aligned academic programs that lead to a degree or certificate with real value in our labor market.
- Resilient Hawaiʻi: Good Jobs Challenge (Alex Harris, Tammi Oyadomari-Chun)
This is a competitive $16.4 million federal grant that will train thousands of workers in clean energy, creative industries, healthcare, and technology jobs.
If successful, more employers will find the talent that they desperately need right here at home. More young people will have hope that they can live, work, and play in the place of their birth. This is a vision worthy of our collective action!