The Road to Recovery ✅

Hi GitHub Education Community,

Our upcoming March GitHub Campus Program newsletter will highlight (Preface - Global Competitiveness Report Special Edition 2020: How Countries are Performing on the Road to Recovery | World Economic Forum), which was released by the World Economic Forum. The timely report focuses on important priorities necessary for recovery and revival, and analyzes historical trends on factors of competitiveness.

The report breaks down recommendations and timeframes within four broad areas of action: reviving and transforming the enabling environment, reviving and transforming human capital, reviving and transforming markets, and reviving and transforming the innovation ecosystem. The following are a few of the key recommendations that reach the tech community:

  • Countries should focus on scaling up reskilling and upskilling programs
  • Leaders should work to update education curricula and expand investment in the skills needed for jobs in markets of tomorrow
  • Governments/Countries should rethink labour laws for the new economy and use new talent management technologies to adapt to the new needs of the workforce

I’d like to engage with our community to ask the following questions:
Do you think these recommendations will impact you or your campus?

Do you have any hacks for learning new skills?

Ashley Bass
GitHub Education Programs Associate

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Hi Ashley, I think overall the recommendations sound sensible but there is a long way from them being made to influencing policy and implementation in education institutions.

I think I am on the fortunate side as I am on a part-time MSc with Bath university in the UK and we are able to feedback and influence a lot the curriculum and learning. Therefore, I think currently the updating of curricula and investing in skills in the job market aspect is very much happening already. I’m on a digital apprenticeship level 7 which also means I am on a reskilling program, so again, the impact of that is already changing our campus and course offering.

The third I think is important but it might take some time to action at a government and law level, and that’s why online courses, bootcamps and platforms are thriving because there is a significant gap in the needs of the workforce and what traditional systems like governments and academia can offer.

On the second question, I find that joining online communities and live sessions is really great to develop new skills and connections in those areas, as well as getting a mentor or buddy to keep you accountable.

I like videos and following along and would set aside an hour or two to learn and practice new skills. For example, YouTube is great, I learnt to crochet a 3D :unicorn: unicorn from there haha, I consider crocheting a skill too, not just techy things.

There are also lots of great initiatives like FutureLearn, Google digital garage and ofc all the GitHub student resources and other brand communities to help you gain the skills you are needing to pick up.

Hope this helps :blush:

Hi Alex,

Thank you for your response. I’m happy to hear that your university is currently the updating of curricula and investing in skills in the job market!

Did you know that the GitHub Education team recently launched an online web series via Twitch? Here is the link to watch our videos.

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Thank you! I’ve already joined quite a few, I’m also a campus expert so get all the notifications for them, love the Twitch streams :tada:

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