In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie are back and talking about skills! More importantly the skills that too often colleges, and universities aren't putting enough focus and attention on that employers want and need. To discuss this important issue, they bring in Mark Herschberg, an experienced Chief Technical Officer, an Instructor, Speaker and the Author of the book, The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills For Success No One Taught You. Some highlights in this episode:
Mark discusses his career journey and what led to him writing his book.
Mark talks about why he saw the need to teach essential skills at MIT.
Why he thinks that this information isn’t taught to young people considering its relevance in today’s job market
What are the essential skills and the biggest areas of disconnect between university and industry, and more importantly what can students today do to prepare themselves
What employers and leaders across the country are saying are needed to be successful in todays workplace.
Networking and building professional relationships is one of the most important skills young people can develop so why is it being taught wrong and what can people do about it
Mark talks about his quote that “leadership is not positional” and what that means.
What are some steps that young people can take to close the gap in skill development from orientation to graduation
What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. Educated at MIT, Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s, and academia. He’s developed new software languages, online marketplaces, new authentication systems, and tracked criminals and terrorists on the dark web. Mark helped create the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, MIT’s “Career Success Accelerator”, where he’s taught for twenty years. Mark also serves on the boards of non-profits Techie Youth and Plant a Million Corals.
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