One of the biggest challenges facing prospective employees and employers is the skills gap. Students do not possess the skills that employers are looking for and this results in a loss-loss situation for both the parties. Companies are unable to find the right kind of employees while prospective job aspirants are unable to land their dream jobs.
To bridge this gap, educational institutions are increasingly working with corporates to provide the right kind of course and curriculum that will prepare them to meet the expectations of the corporate world. The latest initiative is the partnership between IBM (News - Alert) and nine other educational institutions including the George Washington University and the Hult International Business School. This partnership is in tune with IBM's initiative to team with educational institutions to create curriculum around subjects that are in demand.
Through this partnership, IBM is offering a Master's degree in analytics and big data starting this fall. Students can take this course and finish it within ten months if they do it full-time and 24 months if they do it part-time. George Washington University is even offering one PhD course in big data. The faculty director of the program as well as IBM's executives are confident these courses will help to bridge the skill gap in big data and help students to make the best use of employment opportunities across different fields.
According to the terms of this partnership, students and professors will use IBM software and there will even be some guest sessions with the top executives in IBM. Students will be trained to apply big data analytics across different verticals such as healthcare and sports.
All this is good news for the future of tech industry because big data is the next big wave to impact the business world. With skilled professionals in this field, IBM and other countries plan to offer the highest quality of big data service to companies around the world.