Obtaining new credentials is a common strategy for workers looking to reskill in advance of a career change or re-employment following a layoff. Increasingly, individuals are seeking credentials, such as certificates, certifications, and badges, in order to maximize their marketability to employers or advance within their current position. While individuals with … [Read more...] about Four Advantages of Certifications as Alternative Credentials
Traditional degrees take years and often thousands of dollars to acquire—and they sometimes fail to prepare students for the workplace. They are costly for individuals, their families, companies, and society, in terms of both direct outlays and opportunity costs. Recognizing the high cost of a post-secondary degree, both students and employers are looking for more pertinent, … [Read more...] about How Can Alternative Credentials Help Close the Skills Gap?
The COVID-19 pandemic widened pre-existing opportunity, skills, and achievement gaps, with devastating impacts on our future generations. It has been more than two years and a half since the pandemic has changed the lives of 165 million students in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), who, on average, lost 237 days of school and faced tremendous learning losses. … [Read more...] about Youth Skills Development: Preparing Young People for the Future
Justina Nixon-Saintil is the Vice President and Global Head at IBM Corporate Social Responsibility. Her career has spanned leadership roles across marketing, program management, network engineering, and social responsibility. Currently, she focuses on creating and leading programs that address the barriers to digital inclusion, and she is a special guest in our blog series … [Read more...] about The pandemic caused job disruptions, but digital careers offer new opportunities