“Putting the skill into skilled labour”
Athabasca University (AU) President, Dr. Neil Fassina provided some insights on how knowledge is still an important tool in today’s career toolbox.
Sitting down with Business in Edmonton, Fassina discussed how AU is approaching the shift that we’re seeing in today’s marketplace and how AU is providing education options that are still relevant. With the globally connected and complex economy of today, knowledge, both technical and non-technical in nature, is essential in bridging practical skills with important non-technical skills like critical thinking, communication, emotional intelligence, and self-awareness.
“Knowledge is a core tool in any career toolbox. Given the global shift towards knowledge-based economies, this statement cannot be over emphasized. Education enables learners to systematically develop, strengthen, adapt, and apply their knowledge in today’s marketplace as well as the marketplaces of the future. In many cases, an individual’s knowledge is recognized through a formal certificate, diploma, or degree. These credentials are heavily relied upon during recruitment and selection processes in today’s economy.”– Dr. Neil Fassina, Athabasca University President
AU learners are well-positioned with technical and non-technical knowledge. Not only because of AU’s open and flexible options, but they also don’t have to leave their families, jobs, or communities to get a world-class university education. AU learners are masters of time management, self-discipline, and resiliency.
With AU, learners are work-ready and promotion-ready.