Readers of this blog know that I’m not a believer in the much commented upon skills gap. There has always been a disconnect between the skills an employee brings to the table and the skills they need at a new job. In the past, this was expected and employers provided training and things like job shadowing to get employees the skills they needed. Now, to look at the job boards and job postings employers are putting out there, it seems like every employer is looking for the unicorn; someone they won’t need to train. Someone who, to put it in meme-speak, fits this profile:
But we’re starting to see a shift. LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda.com, and the recent announcement that Career Builder will team up with Capella Education Company to offer educational opportunities to site members is the start of this trend. It’s an acknowledgement that there is almost no clarity between what educators are sending graduates out into the world with and what employers need in those graduates.
This article from TechCrunch, a book review of Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of the American Growth, profiles some of these trends.
A new book declaring the end of the golden age of economic growth has set the wonky world of economics aflame. Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American..