Here’s the latest sweep from the world of education to employment, where all the job seekers are above average …
Anything you’ve seen recently worth sharing? Thanks to Josh J at Koru for sharing a couple of the snippets below.
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Quick story building on the Globe piece on Match Beyond below … one of our MB students, Cathy Loesch, had been stuck in low-ish level retail roles for a decade. Couldn’t rise above assistant store manager with her high school degree, despite her professionalism & diligence. Came to Match Beyond recently (she’s around 30 yrs old), earned her Associate degree in about 6 months working her ass off on the College for America projects while sitting at desk working her concierge job, and newly armed with AA recently landed a management track job at Hertz earning double what she was before + company car + benefits. She’s on the up and up now and working on bachelor’s while working at Hertz. Go Cathy!
- Peter Cappelli arguing that the whole skills gap thing (colleges don’t prep students) is mostly bunk and that the bigger problem is employers don’t invest enough in training. Think this lets universities off the hook way too quickly but rightly rebalances the blame — even though employers collectively spend more than universities on postsecondary training they could do a lot more, esp apprenticeship-like training.
- Couple interesting pieces from Jeff Selingo in WaPo: 1) different take than Cappelli pointing out ways universities and students could do more on job readiness; 2) how job licensing drives up college costs (note: there’s an association of industry associations! gash me in the eye with a rock hammer).
- Fascinating chart in the Economist suggesting choice of major much more important than college choice in ROI terms – cutting a bit against Jeff S’s argument that students sweat choice of major too much?
- What’s up with the middle-skills gap suddenly becoming the sexiest thing in corporate philanthropy? Huge 9-figure initiatives announced of late by Capital One, Walmart (+ minimum wage bump, h/t Bentonville!), and JP Morgan. Usual suspects (JFF, Year Up, etc. getting lot of the cash – more entrepreneurs please!)
- Last newsletter had couple snippets about MOOC/nanodegree providers doubling down on employer partnerships and co-branding — this Pace / Media storm social media/marketing master’s program is a glimpse of what could start happening even in the traditional degree space
- Is the growing wave of on-campus innovation centers mostly window dressing or will they help shake up college culture?
- Couple things at the intersection of big data + HR:
- Excited about this People Analytics conference at Wharton late next week with Laszlo Bock (new book coming out soon) + Adam Grant + others, debating whether to splurge to go
- Lev Kaye on LinkedIn Pulse about the rise of employer testing for personality traits / soft skills in the hiring process ($500 million/year + growing acc to WSJ). Old Atlantic Monthly piece They’re Watching You at Work still most fascinating thing I’ve read on this front
Plus news on the home team:
- Boston Globe feature on Match Beyond, a close cousin of Kepler (both partnered with SNHU/College for America) we’ve been launching here in Boston
- Michelle Weise of the Christensen Institute with a really thoughtful blog post in Competency Works about Kepler‘s work in Rwanda — could Rwanda leapfrog on competency-based ed?