September 1, 2021
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Ed tech companies (most of them, anyway) make it clear: Their goal is not to compete with or replace the traditional university degree. They've instead focused on reskilling and upskilling workers for jobs in tech by partnering with corporations to offer training in everything from self-driving cars to AI.
But now, colleges and universities are entering the chat.
They claim they're not coming for the ed tech companies either. "There's room for many different ways of doing this," said Martial Hebert, Carnegie Mellon University's dean of the School of Computer Science and professor of robotics. "It's not that one is better than another. It serves different populations, with different goals."
But they are going after tech workers who already have a little experience under their belts. Hebert and his colleagues are currently thinking about how their programs can be reformatted for professionals.
Distilling these complex concepts online is the biggest hurdle for online education, Krovi said. "If you had a perfectly motivated person then they could simply pick up a textbook," he said, "and all the information that one needs is out on the web, and so you parse through that and then you're able to get yourself where you need to be." But we are all far from perfect.
Ed tech companies know well the steep attrition rates that come with teaching technical lessons online. Universities have the opportunity to step in and offer some of the unique advantages of cohorts and professors that push students to complete a course.
So where does that leave the industry? At this point, the job of reskilling tech workers is anyone's game. Or maybe everyone's.
That forced karaoke night or team-bonding happy hour might not be appealing to all your employees. "There might be single moms who can't stay after work, or somebody with a disability who can't do whatever the fun physical game is," said Karen Wickre, a former senior media liaison for Google's global communications, in conversation with my colleague Sarah Roach.
Older tech workers like Wickre have found that working in IT, where over half the workforce is aged 22 to 44 years old, comes with its own set of problems — namely, exclusion and ageism. Currently, the average developer is 29 years old, according to Recruiting Innovation. And while it may seem like older workers are simply being skilled out of rapidly changing tech jobs, oftentimes their reasons for leaving are far from technical.
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