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Skills Over Degrees: The Corporate Paradigm Shift

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We find ourselves in the midst of a ‚ÄúSkills Over Degree‚ÄĚ revolution. A paradigm shift that is redefining the rules of engagement in the job market. Companies are increasingly prioritizing skills, competencies, and real-world experiences over traditional academic credentials. It‚Äôs a shift driven by technology, globalization, and the ever-increasing demand for innovation and adaptability in the workforce.

In this episode, we’ll be discussing the transformative shift of skills over degree with Michelle Westfort, Chief University Officer, InStride- Strategic Enterprise Education.

Host of this Episode: Sanjeevani Saikia

Guest Bio

Michelle Westfort is a globally recognized leader in post secondary education with over 20 years of experience. She brings a bold sense of innovation to drive successful programs and partnerships derived from a humble immigrant family upbringing.

Her career has centered around unlocking access to education from high school launch programs to adult career pathways and from digital transformations to workforce skilling. Her work has spanned marketing, business development, program design, and strategy at mission-centric organizations such as The Learning House (acquired by Wiley NYSE: WLY), Pivot, Navias (ASX:NVT) and Education Management Corporation.

At InStride, Michelle sits at the core of learning innovation, leading functions overseeing new partner development, academic partner success, and workforce solutions strategy. Fierce in her outlook and her execution, Michelle is a frequent speaker on the topics of women in tech and skills for the future.

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(02:17) Michelle’s corporate journey so far.

(04:20) Factors primarily influencing skills over degrees trend.

(08:42) Ways for job seekers to effectively showcase their skills in resumes.

(12:52) Tips on how individual without formal degrees can keep their skills up-to-date.

(15:28) Potential challenges that job seekers and employers must be aware of as they navigate this paradigm shift.

(20:05) Role of traditional educational institutions in promoting the skills over degrees trend in today’s corporate scenario.

(22:03) End Note.

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