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ASU+GSV Summit 2021: Ruben Harris on riding the tech wave

Education and tech leaders gather to share innovative ideas about what to expect in the future
By Laura Aka
August 11, 2021

Tech is taking over every industry and is driving workforce mobility, according to Ruben Harris, CEO and co-founder of Career Karma. Harris explains the organization matches people to job training programs in order to land high-paying tech jobs.

“What makes our platform unique is not only is it free for you, but we give you support during the program, during the job search, and for the rest of your life—through our lab, audio rooms. We have a community of hundreds of thousands of peers, coaches, and mentors that could help you.”

Ruben also notes an initiative that is helping equip people who want to get on the tech pathway. “We’re giving away 5,000 laptops to people that want to break into tech. It’s very simple. You just Google Reskill America and Career Karma. All you gotta do is to apply to it. We’re giving away free laptops to people that are enrolled in boot camps.”

He says the industry is right for people of all ages and backgrounds, noting that the typical person that’s seeking out Career Karma is between the ages of 25 and 35. He adds, “We have plenty of people that are in the 35 to 55 range, actually, and even older than that.”

“People are living longer and working for longer periods of time. Not only are companies hiring people without a college degree, they’re hiring people across ages. If you are older, you’ve probably spent a significant amount of time in a certain field. It might be retail, it might be sales, it might be telephones, it might be nursing, or whatever. And that’s valuable because those industries are being transformed by technology. Your experience in the industry for a long period of time actually makes you very valuable,” explains Harris.

Click here to learn more about Career Karma.

WorkingNation—a collaborating partner of the ASU+GSV Summit—sat down with Harris in San Diego as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard social media series.

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