Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub inviting you to join for free!
On June 30, 2020, Microsoft, LinkedIn and GitHub launched a global skills initiative to help 25 million people globally gain digital skills and on September 30th announced new info, that in just three months since the initiative’s launch, over 10 million learners in 231 countries and territories have been reached through opportunity.linkedin.com.
In Serbia, about 8.858 people were engaged trough this initiative.
“Just a couple of months ago, we found ourselves facing a global pandemic that threatened to take thousands of lives and majorly disrupt our global economy. And in a short period of time, many of those fears became reality and continue to impact the lives and jobs of millions around the world. We realized quickly that we were in a unique position to help those looking for a job. And in June we came together across the Microsoft ecosystem to launch an ambitious global skills initiative designed to help 25 million people worldwide acquire needed digital skills by the end of 2020. Our number one goal was – and still is – to help those who became unemployed or under-employed due to the pandemic, get the skills they need to find and land their next job. With a quarter of a billion people suddenly without a job, setting up the unemployed with the skills and tools they need became our top priority. Today, I’m excited to share an update on the program’s progress. And the news is good! As part of the initiative, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub have collectively reached more than 10 million learners around the globe. People from 231 countries and territories, and all 50 states have tapped into our program at opportunity.linkedin.com since we launched in June,” says Ryan Roslansky , CEO at LinkedIn.
With the LinkedIn Economic Graph, they were able to digitally map over 706M professionals, 55M companies, 11M job listings, 36K skills, and 90k schools on LinkedIn, and use that data to spot trends like in-demand skills, emerging jobs, and global hiring patterns. By using Economic Graph to identify 10 jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and well positioned to continue to grow in the future, they were able to filter for jobs that can be obtained without a four year degree, those that pay a livable wage, and those that can be successfully reskilled for online. And to help those looking for a new opportunity, they made LinkedIn Learning Paths aligned with these jobs available to everyone for free. During the first three months, they’ve seen that interest in developing skills for Software Developer, Customer Service, and Data Analysts roles have been in the highest demand.
These 10 jobs were identified as having the greatest number of job openings, have had steady growth over the past four years, pay a liveable wage, and require skills that can be learned online.
- Become a Software Developer
- Become a Sales Representative
- Become a Project Manager
- Become an IT administrator (Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification)
- Become a Customer Service Specialist
- Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
- Become IT Support / Help Desk (Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification)
- Become a Data Analyst
- Become a Financial Analyst
- Become a Graphic Designer
Using free tools to learn is the most important part of this initiative, but once someone learns a new skill, promoting it to the millions of recruiters and hiring managers searching for talent on LinkedIn comes in at a close second.
The learning paths will be available at no cost through the end of March 2021, with updated or revised content to be added as needed, and are available in English, French, German, Spanish, and coming soon in Japanese.