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#PayChat: The Skills Gap

There are many factors that contribute to the skills gap. The issue is complex. On the one hand, employers believe that educational institutions are not preparing students for careers in today’s work world. On the other hand, colleges and universities say that it is their job to teach students how to think and not to provide practical job training. Schools believe that many companies have cut back on job training due to budget restraints. Whose responsibility is it to ensure that recent graduates are prepared for today’s work world?

There are many factors that contribute to the skills gap. The issue is complex. On the one hand, employers believe that educational institutions are not preparing students for careers in today’s work world. On the other hand, colleges and universities say that it is their job to teach students how to think and not to provide practical job training. Schools believe that many companies have cut back on job training due to budget restraints. Whose responsibility is it to ensure that recent graduates are prepared for today’s work world?

What are your thoughts on the issue of the skills gap? Is the skills gap a myth? Has the skills gap affected your career? Please join us this Wednesday, July 30th at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) to talk about the skills gap in our monthly twitter chat, #PayChat.

During this 30-minute chat we’ll address the following questions:

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  • What skills are necessary to prepare for a successful career in today’s work world?
  • Why does the skills gap feel so much more pronounced these days?
  • Who’s responsible for the skills gap: the employee, the employer, or educational institutions?
  • Is the skills gap contributing to underemployment?

If this will be your first time joining us for #PayChat, check out the Introducing #PayChat post for more information. #PayChat happens on the last Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) and as always, feedback is appreciated. If you have a topic that you would like us to discuss in a future #PayChat, please share it on Twitter or in the comment section below.

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear from you! Does the skills gap really exist? Send us a tweet, join #PayChat or leave a message in the comment section.


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There is no skills gap. There’s only employers who don’t want to pay a wage that will attract skilled employees. It ain’t rocket science.
Business wants to exploit your labor for as little as possible for as long as you’ll allow it. If there is a job that can’t be filled, it’s because it doesn’t pay enough to attract qualified candidates. Everyone knows this, but the business community continues to lie about a “skills gap”.

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