#017 "Ruben Harris - The Future of Education and The Fourth Industrial Revolution"


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On today’s episode, I talk with Ruben Harris founder of Career Karma, an amazing platform that connects people to coding boot camps and other networks in the tech field. Ruben also hosts, Breaking Into Startups, covering the untold stories of people thriving in Silicon Valley despite coming from unique and different backgrounds. In the episode we get into the future of education, the mission behind Career Karma and the 4th industrial revolution.


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5 Key Takeaways:

  1. Career Karma is the easiest way to find a job training program online, we serve these blue-collar workers between 25 and 35 years old, who are looking to get a job in tech. And then we offer career pathways and technical and tonic or nontech roles. So you can become a salesperson, the engineer, designer, data, scientists design, all these different things.
  2. College is really about community and not necessarily about education. I'm not saying that they're not great educators, I think college is not going away. I'm not a bear on college. I do think that a lot of them are going to sit down because of bloated cost structures. But I think that at the end of the day, College is a social experience that helps you become a better human.
  3. But what I would say that's positive is, schools are really good at teaching, very bad at admissions, very bad at, at retention, very bad at job search, very bad at Alumni Engagement.
  4. There are two major trends, that COVID has accelerated. Number one, the unbundling of higher education. And number two, increased demand for skills training. And the desire for the demand for skills training is because people need a job right
  5. I think another thing that the government can do is create incentives around apprenticeships and internships. I think that's I think that can be actually a really good way to align government employers and the training programs because currently, a lot of companies don't have a lot of incentives to create on-ramps for students. But if they can get incentives for creating, like entryways for juniors, just like you have in like Germany and places all over the world, that can actually be big, we actually don't do that well, with apprenticeships and internships in the United States.