The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the global economy massively, resulting in a magnitude of transitions and transformations in labor markets worldwide. Along with the need for more upskilling and reskilling, skills-based hiring has become another accelerating trend during the pandemic. Skill-based hiring challenges educators to take an innovative as well as viable approach to prepare students for this evolving workforce landscape. We propose a skills-focused approach emphasizing more on skills-based competencies rather than solely knowledge-based degree qualifications. This study demonstrates how we are reshaping our Information Technology (IT) undergraduate program with major shifts in thinking about how hiring is done today. We map the undergraduate IT curriculum against the skills identified from current job posting websites, aiming to align the course content to competencies and skills sought after by the employers. We are also creating various innovative channels to expand experiential learning opportunities for skills enhancement.
Liu, Xiang Michelle and Murphy, Diane, "SKILLS-FOCUSED ACADEMIC CHANGES TO RESPOND THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE IT WORKFORCE" (2021). Proceedings of the 2021 AIS SIGED International Conference on Information Systems Education and Research. 21.