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Bridging the Tech-Skills Gap

By DeVry University


Its results were eye opening for both sides of the gap.

A study released earlier this week from the Career Advisory Board on the technology skills gap found only 11 percent of organizations believe higher education is very effective in meeting the skill needs of their organization. And more than half (57 percent) agree it is common for job applicants to lack skills in technology that are important for success. Worst of all, the gap is growing.

Considering 77 percent of respondents said a company’s competitive advantage lies in using applied tech skills to solve problems, and they desire a workforce well-equipped with the proper skills to do so, this trend is one that needs to be addressed.

Fortunately, it was front and center during a panel at the SXSWedu national education conference in Austin, Texas. The session, titled, “The Tech Skills Gap: What Can Employers & Educators Do?” explored the growing technology skills gap and solutions to bridge it from the perspectives of an employer, educator and a tech entrepreneur.

The panel included:

  • Moderator Alexandra Levit, chair of the Career Advisory Board and journalist for Mashable and The New York Times
  • Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and The New York Times bestselling author
  • Robert Paul, president of DeVry University
  • Sara Ley, digital learning and technology leader at General Electric (GE)

Watch the replay of this thought-provoking and insightful discussion below.