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Rethink the College to Career Pipeline in a Skills Based Economy
In-Person Monday 06/12/2023 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Business (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level, Senior-Level
Workplace Application:
Institutions and Employers alike must re-evaluate the college to career pipeline in a skills based economy. 

The college degree is, in many respects, an imperfect tool for signaling a person's capabilities, let alone their long-term potential in the professional world. Employers are often left to do guesswork on a candidate's fitness for a role based on simplistic measures like standardized test scores, concentrations or majors, and transcripts. To fix this, higher education must rise to the challenge of defining and demonstrating the value of the college experience and quantifying the skills and abilities their graduates possess. Understanding why these connections - and disconnects - exist is crucial, so that colleges and employers can start to close such knowledge gaps. They also must share this information with employers so companies can better comprehend and utilize the talents of new college graduates. Today's world of work is an ever-evolving place that requires both institutions and employers to rethink the college to career pipeline.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how technology can help you more easily connect data to what students are learning and to connect companies directly with potential employees - is also emerging.
  • Discuss how advances in machine learning can help institutions and employers accurately forecast the labor market value of the educational experiences they provide.
  • Equip students, advisors and employers with important information on how those experiences can translate to quantifiable and marketable skills.
  • Most industries hire for specific technical abilities rather than harder-to-measure soft skills and knowledge, like communication and problem-solving. Yet, many of the most successful executives in the technology industry have humanities backgrounds- yet we know next to nothing about how their college experiences led to these leadership roles.

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