by Monika Sziron, Ph.D.
In episode 22 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast Andy and Kelly are joined by Alexandra Levit, a thought maker, futurist, and strategist. Levit shares her predictions for the next five to 10 years and what higher education can do to move forward in terms of hiring, recruiting, and retaining employees.
Levit starts the conversation by discussing how conceptions of higher education have changed in the last several years and how the whole industry will need to adjust accordingly, “…higher education now has many more shades of gray. Where do you need a degree to do X, Y, or Z? Or can you get a certification? Can you get a microcredential? Can you stop at high school? Can you go to a trade school? And I think that that is a very unsettling place for higher education to be right now.”
Levit advises that higher education is not the only industry that is experiencing this vast disruption. She sees it in the business world as well, “…it’s not like higher education is alone in this, in having to change the way we educate people and change the way we deliver skills.”
Levit shares some strategies higher education can repurpose from the business world.
When it comes to job seekers and planning for the future, Levit cautions those who jump into the interview and demand for flexibility, “I’m hearing a lot of anecdotal stories lately about job seekers who just walk into an interview and the very first thing they talk about is, ‘What kind of flexibility are you going to offer me? What kind of balance are you going to offer me?’ […] but it’s not the thing to lead with. The thing to lead with is what are you going to bring to the organization? What type of expertise and skills will make the organization better off because you are working there.”
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