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On Wednesday evening Piers Morgan welcomed Mike Rowe for a live, face to face conversation that largely focused on the health of the American economy, in particular a challenging job market.
While Rowe doesn't discount the well-documented concerns of job-seekers, he's quick to offer an alternate perspective:
"There's a skills gap. There are about three and a half million jobs available right now. Ten percent of those jobs require a four year degree or better," explained the host of the Discovery Channel series "Dirty Jobs." "That means about 90 percent of them require something else. They require training, they require skill, a willingness to get dirty, perhaps, but mostly, a willingness to learn a new and useful trade. That's always been for sale, but it's kind of fallen out of the narrative."
For a man whose professional background includes stints in the Baltimore Opera and as a host on QVC, to key success in a stagnant economy is to refocus one's perspective:
"You can't keep talking about the expectations in the same sense or in the same way that we always have. You really have to step back and see what are the available jobs right now, and what do you have to do," said the 51-year-old California resident. "I talk every day to - we're in business with a couple of trade schools. We've been working on a scholarship program specifically to reward these two things: a willingness to learn a new skill and a willingness to work your butt off. It's difficult to reward work ethic, but work ethic scholarships are coming."
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