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

The Economic Times - - Disruption: Startups & Tech - J.Vig­nesh@ times­group.com

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.

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