Why did you go to college?

Although answers will vary, I would bet that the overwhelming majority of today’s students would say ‘to get a job.’ It hasn’t always been this way. When I went to college, many of us chose to study a subject we loved or were passionate about, rather than one that would lead to a lucrative career. However, more and more students today are pursuing higher education with the ultimate goal of earning a degree that is directly aligned with the skills they need to enter the workforce. The numbers say it all: with 75 million young people around the world without jobs and 57% percent of employers saying they can’t find qualified, entry-level candidates, the skills gap is obvious.

Based on this, students need better ways to tell their stories, showcase their skills, and connect them with potential employers. That’s why we acquired MyEdu earlier this year and created the Enhanced Cloud Profile, which integrates the MyEdu student profile experience directly into Blackboard Learn.

Now, I’m thrilled to share the fantastic growth we’ve seen in the number of students that are taking advantage of these tools, both through MyEdu.com and within our learning environment. It tells me that we’re doing the right thing – listening to a challenge that students are facing and providing a real, meaningful solution.

Here are some of the exciting numbers:

  • Nearly 2 million students have signed up for these tools
  • Roughly 15,000 new members joined per day during the back-to-school period
  • More than 240,000 students have created a professional profile directly within Blackboard Learn since June

This  amazing adoption growth is a clear indicator that students want – and need  – tools that help them tell their story and connect them to potential jobs. By providing more students with a way to easily and professionally present themselves, the skills gap gets a little smaller and the bridge between higher education and the workforce gets a little stronger. I, for one, and incredibly proud to see this momentum and am excited to see it continue.

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