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Employees moving to digital education platforms like edX, Coursera to gain new skills

Source | The Economic Times

BENGALURU: The Innovation Acceleration Program from Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, led Anupama Subramanian, the executive HR director at Willis Towers Watson, to believe she could play a more transformative role. That is how she shifted to this company, six months ago.

Senior executives like Subramanian and youngsters are increasingly turning to digital education platforms to gain new skills and stay relevant in the changing market.

“With the emergence of a strong startup culture in India, which requires specific key skills to fit in and be of value in a small team, re-skilling has been made much more important. We have heard from many of our learners that employers are increasingly receptive to job candidates who have gained online course certificates from high quality universities,” said Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX.

Online stock brokerage firm Zerodha actively looks out for courses that are relevant for its employees. “As and when we come across courses that we think is something our employees need to know, we encourage them to take it up,” said CEO Nithin Kamath.

MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) like Coursera and edX were under the scanner for their low conversion rates, but have now come up with cohort groups and messaging platforms to connect students with each other and platforms like Simplilearn and Emeritus are charging the customers, thereby bringing in the required push to complete the course.

The companies say technology-related courses are most in demand. In India, we see a disproportionate interest in technology-related courses. Among our 10 largest countries, Indians are most likely to enroll in courses related to computer science and data science,” said Rick C Levin, CEO, Coursera.

Take for example, Zeeshan, an android developer. He did not get placed during the campus recruitments and took up an android programming course on Simplilearn. “These days everything is on app, so I took the android programming course and landed with a job in a startup,” he said.

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