The Future is Here
“We are still hiring as if work consists of repetitive tasks when the core competency most jobs require, whatever the skill level, is critical thinking.”
–Rebecca Weicht, Hiring is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It.
It is time that we face the truth. Our system of hiring employees is outdated and like the latest iPhone has new and improved software and apps to meet the needs of its users, we need the same update to our hiring system.
Rebecca Weicht, one of the co-founders of Bantani Education, had this to say about our current system, “This outdated model does not benefit those who don’t fare well in our test-based, rote-learning education system. The playing field is beyond uneven. It does not benefit learners in vocational education and training, it does not favour those increasing number of young people who have atypical careers, it does not help veterans, it does not help mothers. It doesn’t even help businesses.”
We currently hire based on a candidate’s degrees and years of experience. Your human resources system filters out candidates that don’t meet the criteria based on the selected algorithm. The problem with this is that computer software cannot predict a candidate’s personal motivation or potential to become your next great employee. Googles former head of human resources, Laszlo Block, once called resumes “TERRIBLE” because they don’t capture the whole person.
We also aren’t preparing our students in the classroom to prepare for the current and future needs of employers. Students are still over-tested, expected to make a certain grade to show they are worthy, and they aren’t learning the SKILLS they need to be able to think critically as Weicht mentioned in the quote above.
iMar Learning Solutions has been working with youth through our Leadership Academy to help give them the skills that employers. Weicht mentions in her article that “Employers are starting to demand skills-based education to enable skills-based hiring. ” and in Europe, they are adding, “transversal skills such as spotting opportunities, creativity, working with others, and mobilizing resources.”
If skills development is what you need for your employees or students then let’s talk so we can develop the right program to prepare them to become lifelong learners!
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