A Culture of Learning for the Win
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin
Cultivating a competent and savvy workforce remains a critical goal to securing the livelihood of the American economy. American businesses know this better than anyone.
Although 2017 has brought forth good news for overall employment levels, and remarkably well for the economy as a whole, one critical problem persists: the 6.2 million job openings that cannot seem to be filled.
It’s a problem not easily solved. Matching qualified individuals with these positions requires time and resources.
However, from our work at Accredible, we know firsthand that business and professionals succeed when there are increased opportunities for online learning.
Education is Modernizing
We’ve all been told that educational attainment is the path to prosperity, but the roads have changed over the past decade. While a four-year institution still remains the societal norm, some argue that it is not enough to prepare young adults for the workplace; others says that it is not a worthwhile investment.
As a result, more and more people are exploring digital certificates and accreditations to augment their existing knowledge base. From 2002 to 2014, the number of students enrolling in “at least one distance education course” increased from 1.6 to 5.8 million students according to WCET Distance Education Enrollment 2016.
There are plenty of options out there, either for free or a nominal cost, and for those who are making the most of these opportunities, it seems to be paying off. The simple fact is that employees must keep pace with new workforce demands and emerging technologies and trends if they want to advance their career.
Access to High-Quality Learning
As leaders, we must encourage an atmosphere of educational opportunities to help sow the seeds of continuous growth. Life is busy, and our demands to balance home and work continue to be tested. Digital certificates and badges allow our employees to improve a skillset without sacrificing an inordinate amount of time and resources normally seen with traditional degrees.
Those opportunities should also be top-notch. That’s the beauty of online learning, it is accessible to anyone with an internet connection, allowing for individual choice in accreditor.
Data is King
Time is money, and with a median job tenure of 5.1 years for employees over the age of 25, the human resources industry is keeping quite busy interviewing, culling through countless applicants, and onboarding new staff.
Gone are the days when hiring was primarily based on a gut feeling. Good positions are coveted more than ever and applicants are working hard to be qualified.
Hiring departments must be strategic as they try to match applicant to position, and they are using technology to do so; in fact, 92% of recruiters use social media to find high-quality candidates. Using your social media profile to tout your recent educational accomplishments is key.
Resumes are no longer bound only to a Word Document. They live and breathe online with the help of LinkedIn and other platforms. If you use the right software, official announcement and celebration of a course completion or certification can be shared via social media and instantly available to recruiters and potential employers to take into consideration.