Academic Search Engine Knobull Supports Skill Based Learning

BOSTON - July 31, 2021 - PRLog -- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull announced, "It feels in many ways like the world has started to spin again, some of the changes and trends that the global pandemic helped accelerate may be here to stay for good.

One such trend that's particularly interesting for us at Knobull is the rise in demand for skills-based learning — where professionals can upgrade skills to become a more attractive candidate — and how educators across the board are adjusting to the shift."

If the focus is on acquiring the right skills for people to pursue a career or even change in periodically, how can they go about acquiring these skills? The Knobull team sees an opportunity for learning institutions, students and business to work together to put them directly in touch with each other.

Education and employment can come together on the other side of the equation, too. A business could use a training class and assessment to qualify candidates and better ensure the skill sets are a good fit.

To make this type of hiring possible, however, solutions are needed that are flexible. We need to include the lifelong learning approach and the Knobull Academic Search Engine with e-learning support plays a pivotal role in facilitating achievement of this goal!

There's no guidebook for how to develop a career that suits individual skills and interests. The problem we're trying to solve is that when you're trying to make the next play in your career, it's  not clear what the right combination of learning and experience will get you.

With that information, you can then identify what skills you might be able to learn or upgrade to shift to a different role. Every role right now seems to be looking for digital fluency of some sort. The mid-range of fluency that employers are looking for is both trainable and highly in-demand.

As Knobull helps to promote the idea of training in-demand skills, an ongoing challenge is defining and categorizing clusters of skills in a meaningful way. Knobull is bringing its dataset of skills and correlated job titles to bear on the problem.

The future of work is quickly coming into focus. It is more flexible and specialized than ever before. Educators and schools can align with this outlook by positioning their programs to be more skill-based while Knobull is helping candidates understand that they are very much in control of their career paths.

Bentley concluded, "Recent research shows that 41% of employees are considering leaving their current employer this year, with 46% planning to make a major pivot or career transition — now is the time for schools and students to step up and show how a skills-based approach best prepares modern professionals to advance and excel in a new world of work."
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