Why IBM’s Ginni Rometty has me thinking about the future of post-secondary learning

Last week, we were thrilled to have IBM executive chair Ginni Rometty join us virtually for an insightful conversation with RBC leaders. She’s been a source of personal inspiration for many years, including her work to change the way companies hire, reskill and train talent.

One of the biggest takeaways from our discussion:

Ginni says the half-life of most specialized skills nowadays lasts just five years. That means today, a four-year degree isn’t the end of a graduate’s education journey, but rather just the beginning. And for Ginni, that’s why “propensity to learn” is one of the most critical attributes she believes companies should look for when hiring talent.

She’s absolutely right, and that has me reflecting again about the skills gap challenge we still need to address in Canada’s workplaces and classrooms.

We have an historic opportunity in front of us to take a more progressive approach to lifelong

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