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Alternative education can help close IT skills gap

Sharon Florentine | Jan. 14, 2016
Bootcamps, MOOCs, nanodegrees and online education providers won't take the place of a traditional degree anytime soon, but they can play an important role in helping close the IT skills gap.

Millennials, too, are driving this shift. Instead of moving up the corporate ladder at one or two firms, the younger generation of professionals use job-hopping as a way to advance themselves professionally, says Tambay, much different than the traditional model of career "success."

"The half-life of skills is about two years now; it's completely different than the old model where people went to college, went to grad school, and had a career doing one thing for most of their lives. Today, millennials are going to have something like 15 jobs over the course of their career. This shift, plus the economic changes we're seeing with the growth of the gig economy -- the old model is broken. The need to quickly upskill and reinvent yourself with new knowledge, new skills and new technologies makes the alternative education market huge," he says.

 

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