ASU+GSV Summit 2022: Kaj Pedersen on closing the skills gap between education and employment

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at the ASU+GSV Summit 2022
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Data can identify the most predictable pathways to take from education to quality employment, according to Kaj Pedersen, chief technology officer, AstrumU.

WorkingNation sat down with Pedersen at the ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego.

“We work with students. We also work with working professionals. The idea is that we see a learner in a very sort of tangible sense of ‘Here’s an individual. They’re on a lifelong learning journey.’”

“As a result, they’re always going to constantly be looking at ‘Where are my skills today and what do I need to do to evolve for that next opportunity?’ Our goal is to translate those verifiable experiences into educational opportunities and also work opportunities.”

Pedersen explains how that collected information also helps inform the talent pipeline about adjacent pathways that people may not have considered.

“We want to level the playing field by mapping the most comprehensive source of learning and working skills in the world, primarily because we think if you give people an opportunity to see how they can advance themselves, they will find the right training or they may even find the right opportunity they can pursue based on the skills they have or newly acquired skills that they gain from that training.”

Learn more about AstrumU.

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