Next steps for educators and students: closing the skill gap
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By now you've heard that only 1 in 10 organizations believes it has the right match of skills to opportunities.
But this skill gap goes far beyond today's workforce. It starts with the ability of schools and universities worldwide to teach the needed skills. Over 73% of surveyed students and educators agree: today's graduates won't be entering the workforce with the skills they need to be successful. That’s pretty compelling.
Knowing what to study or what to teach is merely the first obstacle. Educators also face cost and time pressures to prepare courses that deliver relevant materials in a rapidly evolving field. Finding the right resources tailored to an academic audience is a daunting task. To help, IBM recently expanded its Academic Initiative program. The enhanced program is not just for computer science and engineering departments anymore–it includes resources can be used across many disciplines, including business and marketing.
The 2012 Tech Trends report predicts continued interest and investment in the following key areas:
The Academic Initiative program offers no-charge access to courseware and software downloads in all of these areas… and more.
If you are an educator, be sure to read "Teaching tomorrow's innovators: An educator's supplement to the 2012 IBM Tech Trends Report" to determine where the gaps exist in your program. Then, become a member of the IBM Academic Initiative program to start closing those gaps with the learning materials provided.
If you are a student, start building your skills today, at your own pace, on IBM developerWorks. And be sure to encourage your professors to join the Academic Initiative program!