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Monday, January 27th, 2014
With the tough economy and staggering higher education costs, more and more college students are opting out of postgraduate degrees and plunging headfirst into the job market. But are they really prepared for what’s out there?
In today’s hyper digital economy, there is a growing gap between what businesses need and what skills new job seekers can offer them. Copious amounts of eagerness and teacher referrals are some great assets for candidates to have, but are no longer enough to guarantee you the job. Graduates who want to have a real edge in launching their dream careers need to make sure they’re equipping themselves with real-world experience and knowledge; including digital skills and savvy. Here are some of the ways that academia, higher ed institutions and members of the business world are tackling this issue and some of the innovative solutions that are emerging.
Community Manager at HootSuite
By day, Connor manages HootSuite’s community building efforts in North America through the brand ambassador program, events, and regularly sharing stories on the HootSuite Blog. By night and in the wee hours of the morning, you’ll find him playing and following just about every sport, high fiving strangers while running, and drinking too much coffee.
HootSuite University Director at HootSuite
Education technology & eLearning specialist experienced in delivering online education solutions to classrooms, corporations, and individual professionals. Dedicated to building scalable solutions that increase the access to quality education for individuals all over the world. Currently the Director of HootSuite University.
Business Development Manager, HSU at HootSuite
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Marketing & Community Strategy Lead at Mozilla Foundation
Dr. William J. Ward
Professor of Practice of Social Media at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
- Why are skills based certifications and competencies important for students in the current economic climate?
- How do certifications and diplomas complement trends in experiential education and the internship marketplace to support academia’s goals?
- In the higher-ed marketplace, what are schools doing to react and innovate to keep up to industry changes?
- What kinds of tech skills are the most important ones and which industries are most in need of new employees with tech skills?
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