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About University of Phoenix Career Institute®

University of Phoenix Career Institute® was created to address broad, persistent and systemic barriers to career advancement through research-based solutions and impactful partnerships that break down barriers Americans face in their careers.


A comprehensive study of American workers’ career perceptions

The 2022 Career Optimism Index® found that while optimism remains stable, Americans aren't confident in their current skills, think employers aren’t doing enough to help them upskill/reskill and, therefore, feel replaceable. Employers were included in the 2022 study, and the disconnect between workers and employers is significant in some areas.

The Concern

52% of American workers say they are easily replaceable in their job position and 41% worry about losing their jobs.

The Disconnect

While employers seem to understand this, the disconnect is still significant: they fail to understand how acute employees' need for career advocates is and how limited skill development opportunities are.

The Opportunity

68% of workers would stay in jobs if there were more opportunities to upskill; but, employers cite a range of barriers to investing in learning and development.

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