№ 77 Jodi McPherson & Leah Jewell, UPSKLS
My guests for today are Leah Jewell and Jodi McPherson, the duo behind upskls.com —that’s U-P-S-K-L-S dot com —, a service slash consultancy slash coaching service that aims to fill a very clear gap in the intersection between young students needing experience to join the job market, and employers articulating the skills they actually need, by connecting one another through projects.
In this very “upscale” conversation we talk about:
🤔 Needs assessment in the educational system; or why it seems easy to find problems, but it’s a real challenge to turn that problem into evidence of a market opportunity investors consider a worthwhile venture .
🚼 The changing landscape of the core skills sets of young people: why maybe it’s not changing fast enough, but why discussions on digital badges and “microcredentials” are only expected to accelerate in the coming years.
1️⃣ Why a personalized, oneon-one approach to understanding a young professional’s expectations can be a powerful way to unlock their potential—and an amazing source of truth for employers.
🎒 Why Jodi and Leah believe there is a place for more “agents” in the educational value chain, to tackle all kinds of critical issues including apprenticeships, career management, mindset and mental health… and even school debt!