Here’s a Digital Ladder for those Looking to Climb Up
Digital platforms also help gain new skills and stay relevant apart from helping to land a job
Bengaluru: The Innovation Acceleration Program from Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, led Anupama Subramanian, the executive HR director at Willis Towers Watson, to believe she could play a more transformative role. That is how she shifted to this company, six months ago.
Senior executives like Subramanian and youngsters are increasingly turning to digital education platforms to gain new skills and stay relevant in the changing market.
“With the emergence of a strong startup culture in India, which requires specific key skills to fit in and be of value in a small team, re-skilling has been made much more important. We have heard from many of our learners that employers are increasingly receptive to job candidates who have gained online course certificates from high-quality universities,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX.
Online stock brokerage firm Zerodha actively looks out for courses that are relevant for its employees. “As and when we come across courses that we think is something our employees need to know, we encourage them to take it up,” said CEO Nithin Kamath. MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) like Coursera and edX were under the scanner for low conversion rates, but have now come up with cohort groups and messaging platforms to connect students with each other and platforms like Simplilearn and Emeritus are charging the customers, thereby bringing in the required push to complete the course.
“The companies say technologyrelated courses are most in demand. In India, we see a disproportionate interest in technologyrelated courses. Among our 10 largest countries, Indians are most likely to enroll in courses related to computer science and data sci- ence,” said Rick C Levin, CEO, Coursera. Take for example, Zeeshan, an android developer. He did not get placed during the campus recruitments and took up an android programming course on Simplilearn.
“These days everything is on app, so I took the android programming course and landed with a job in a startup,” he said.
Money is no longer the talking point as the companies sponsor employees or employees are ready to pay for the sake of career opportunities. “The biggest challenge was, people were not willing to pay, but now they have begun to realise that it’s an investment,” said Krishna Kumar, CEO of Simplilearn. Accenture sponsors its employees to upgrade their skills. “In our learning curricula designed for specific business domains, industries and talent segments, we incorporate and sponsor employees to undertake online and virtual higher education and certifications relevant to their roles,” said Parag Pande, MD, Human Resources, Accenture (India).
Digital platforms like edX and Coursera have already tied up with leading colleges.