CEO OF UPWORK PREDICTS SKILLS WILL SOON MATTER MORE THAN DEGREES

elearninginside | January 21, 2019

Over the past five years, the shift from degrees to skills has been gaining momentum across sectors. First, a few large tech companies, including Google, started to hire more people in tech roles on the basis of their demonstrated competencies and potential to learn on the job. Around the same time, the coding academy sector started to experience tremendous growth. Some of these for-profit coding academies have done such a great job placing graduates in tech positions, they now offer money-back guarantees to graduates who fail to find related positions upon graduation. Now, in a post on the World Economic Forum’s website, Stephane Kasriel, the founder and CEO of Upwork, is suggesting that the shift from degrees to skills is here to stay. But will this shift persist if and when the current skills gap in tech has been addressed?In a January 10th post on the World Economic Forum site, Kasriel, the founder and CEO of Upwork (a global work platform for freelancers), argues that, to prepare for the labor market over the next two decades, everyone needs to radically rethink education.

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