Learning Opportunities from Coursera, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Triangle Africa.
It is no news that the pandemic and its adverse effects i.e. restricted movement, have accelerated the digitization causing the loss of jobs for some individuals doing manual jobs.
As we continue to look forward to successfully overcoming this scourge affecting us, it is germane that we continue to make the best use of available opportunities to gain ground where we have lost.
As communities gradually reopen, it is evident that the economy will not be what it was. According to Microsoft, one of the key steps needed to foster a safe and successful economic recovery is expanded access to the digital skills needed to fill new jobs.
Hence, we have curated a few organizations genuinely working to provide easier access to digital skills for people hardest hit by job losses and those looking to further improve upon skills they are lacking- Click here to check your employability rating.
What Microsoft is doing:
They have used the LinkedIn Economic Graph as a critical planning resource for today’s skills initiative, by identifying the key jobs and horizontal skills that are most widely in demand and creating learning paths for these via LinkedIn Learning.
Below are 10 jobs that were identified as having the greatest number of job openings, have had steady growth over the past four years, pay a livable wage, and require skills that can be learned online.
- Become a Software Developer
- Become a Sales Representative
- Become a Project Manager
- Become an IT administrator (Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification)
- Become a Customer Service Specialist
- Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
- Become IT Support / Help Desk (Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification)
- Become a Data Analyst
- Become a Financial Analyst
- Become a Graphic Designer
To provide people with easier access to the soft skills needed to pursue a new job, Microsoft is also offering free access to four horizontal LinkedIn Learning paths:
- Jobseeker — Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times
- Critical soft skills — Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
- Digital transformation — Digital Transformation in Practice: Virtual Collaboration Tools
- Allyship and inclusive conversations — Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All
What Coursera is doing:
They launched new, free resources, as well as surfacing interesting course collections, community discussions, and expert interviews.
Coursera remains as passionate as ever about helping individuals like yourself learn, grow, and connect with learners and educators around the world.
This promotion enables you to not only access lectures and quizzes but also to earn a free certificate for courses that offer them.
- Free online courses for career development
- Free online courses for building your cloud technology career
- Free online courses for understanding public health
- Free online courses for mental health and well-being
- Free online courses for secondary school students
- Free online courses for university students
What is LinkedIn doing:
To help navigate these challenging times, LinkedIn Learning is also offering learning paths to help:
Build a job search strategy
- Recovering from a Layoff
- Recession-Proof Career Strategies
- A Career Strategist’s Guide to Getting a Job
- Finding a Job
- 10 Ways to Stay Motivated While Job Hunting
Lean on your professional network
Improve your interviewing skills
What Triangle Africa is doing:
We are using AI to help African youths make reliable career decisions.
Our vision is to avoid having a continent filled with unskilled and unemployable youths.
In a continent where unemployability has been the order of the day before the pandemic, we built an interest discovery system that helps youth determine their average skillset based on career paths and skills they have; the result is an ‘Employability rate card’ that affords them the opportunity to discover other skills they’re lacking and recommend a career to pursue.
Without stopping there, we have deemed it our duty to carry out extensive research that would continue to enable us to bring information regarding learning and skilling up closer to home.