Technology is changing so quickly that in the wake of progress we have a different problem developing; the tech skills gap. Not only is there a gap that exists for small business owners who don't stay up to date with current technologies, but we are seeing a major gap in students graduating with the skills that employers really need.
On the heels of SXSW and in partnership with Devry University, I spoke with Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister of technology entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, to discuss what steps small business owners and entrepreneurs can take to start closing the tech skills gap, including continuous education.
As Randi expressed in the interview, it is the responsibility of small business owners and entrepreneurs to educate themselves. "If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur and aren't keeping up with current technology, you'll put yourself out of business," said Randi.
We also discussed if one needs to attend a traditional four-year school or if there are other alternatives. While it does depend on the individual, what's most important is finding a program that will work for you and is designed to offer you the most. Randi explains, "One reason I love partnering with Devry University is because they bring the employer into the fold when designing their curriculum. This means you'll learn the skills needed by employers in the workplace, which sets you up for greater success."
For more information on this topic, listen to the full interview with Randi below.