ASU+GSV: Ann Kirschner on skill requirements post-pandemic

WorkingNation interviews leaders in public, private, and nonprofit spheres attending the ASU+GSV Virtual Summit as part of our #WorkingNationOverheard campaign

Computer literacy has taken on new meaning thanks to COVID-19, says Ann Kirschner, CUNY professor and CEO of Comma Communications, as working from home has shifted the workplace.

WorkingNation interviewed Kirschner for #WorkingNationOverheard as a media partner with ASU+GSV’s Virtual Summit 2020, held from September 29 through October 1+Ocotber 8. You can watch all of the interviews on our YouTube channel.

“Whether it’s Zoom, or Google Docs, or collaborative tools, or Slack or what have you, you just can’t function in today’s world without those skills,” she says.

That means universities will have to make sure that even with a liberal arts degree, universities are sending graduates into the world with skills they need. And students need to know how to demonstrate their skills when they apply for work in the new world of recruiting.

“As job descriptions become more and more automated,” says Kirschner, “it becomes more and more necessary to begin to know how to frame your college experience and your skills to fit what the employers and their AI bots are going to be looking for.”

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