Here’s the latest sweep from the world of education-to-employment, where all the job seekers are above average …
In the Stop the Presses! category:
- One small step in moving Learn to Work from newsletter toward community: just set up a LinkedIn group for us in case some of y’all cats in the Learn to Work community want to connect with some of the other hamburglers and cheeseburglers in the crew, and share your own updates/job opps/blogging/etc. Some amazing people in our midst and everyone’s blind to everyone else! Let’s fix that. Join here!!
- Exciting news – we’re starting a search for the next CEO of Spire to take us into the next phase of our growth as my co-founder Oliver R begins to spend more time in the US late next year. This is an opportunity to take the reins of a successful, rapidly-growing startup and build a transformative model with the future of Africa’s talent pool at stake. I’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word and put me in touch with anyone who might be intrigued and open to a no-strings-attached chat.
Anything you’ve seen recently worth sharing? H/t Rachel Romer Carlson for flagging one of the pieces below on apprenticeships and Molly Lindsay for the Yglesias piece
If you know anyone else who might be interested in these updates, have them add their email here. Great wave of new signups after the last blast. Thanks peeps!
- In education-to-employment training, I’d argue nothing is more ballgame that culture — the team culture among the staff doing the training, and the student/trainee culture. This fascinating Invisibilia podcast on blind children learning to echolocate (and ride bikes! among other things) is a powerful illustration of how high expectations produce amazing things. I’d put high expectations right up there with growth mindset as my top 2 culture draft picks in my fantasy culture draft. And the beauty of these culture instruments is they’re free! No hit to your cost structure.
Special Feature: How the Landscape of Job Search and Employer Hiring Practices is Changing
- University Ventures on how “Pre-Hire Training” providers are moving into space of matching/placement services (scroll down to bottom once you click thru)– e.g., quick retweet of last Learn to Work note that friends at Koru just launched a Job Finder service
- And the inverse: Pando piece from awhile back on how the next generation of job posting/hunting sites is starting to get connected to lifelong learning offerings
- Rehashing from an earlier newsletter: 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). And even more worth your while, this old Atlantic Monthly piece They’re Watching You at Work is still most fascinating thing I’ve read on this front
- BetaBoston review of new hiring-on-demand apps and services
- Money is raining on new-ish job search ventures — $8M to Campus Job, $2M to Switch, $10M to Muse
- Interesting theory from Matt Yglesias that the reason for slower hiring may be that it’s gotten almost too easy to apply for jobs?
All the News that’s Fit to Print
- Bootcamp stuff …. the Fed gov’t push to experiment w making bootcamp programs Federal-aid-eligible seems to be coinciding with a wave of college-bootcamp partnership innovation … not sure what the chicken-egg relationship is but who cares, great to see!
- I’m jazzed up about this partnership between SNHU and Flatiron School to provide success-coach-supported online bootcamp experience and (for those who want it) path to bachelor’s degree built around Flatiron, “coop”-style with bootcamp + internship as part of 4-yr experience. Can’t for life of me understand why more universities aren’t taking a page out of the playbook of Northeastern, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, etc. on integrating real-world work-based learning into college. SNHU continues to put other universities to shame when it comes to innovation
- Big-name traditional universities (Northeastern, MIT) getting into bootcamp space — key differentiating feature could be stackable masters
- Google co-developed curriculum for a bootcamp program (w/General Assembly) for the first time – hope to see more of this
News on the Home Team
- See infographic below from our community members at Harambee in South Africa — such fantastic progress and it’s accelerating!
- Thanks again for your help getting the word out about the Spire CEO search!