(Expansion) – Imagine the CV of a person who has accumulated 10 years of work experience, occupying different positions and responsibilities, a multiplicity of online courses, certifications, and leadership experiences that, seen on paper, do not tell the work history of a person. person, nuances, abilities and skills. Hopefully, on some online platforms it will be possible to read peer recommendations by referring to that person’s soft skills.
The reality is that a person’s CV on paper does not accurately reflect whether that person is suitable for a job, in addition to the existence of long, tedious and not very agile recruitment processes. Undoubtedly, although there is no exact way to transmit a person’s verifiable credentials, skills and abilities to a potential employer, there are currently several and forceful efforts, from the public and private spheres, that have addressed this lack.
In previous collaborations I have talked about the fact that the United States has a system called the Learning and Employment Record (LER), which is made up of a digital record focused on students that comprehensively contains the skills and certifications obtained , while matching the requirements of the labor market to contribute to the generation of employment opportunities.
Shortly after, in order to make the LER a reality, the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR) began to be discussed, which, in a nutshell, is the implementable form of the LER. However, they are currently used as interchangeable terms with minor differences.
Specifically, in the United States there are different sectors from which the importance and usefulness of the implementation of an LER/CLR is promoted. For years, one of the most relevant actors on the subject has been the American Association of Registrars and University Admissions Officials (AACRAO), a professional, voluntary, non-profit association that works tirelessly in favor of the development of the CLR.
In fact, currently the AACRAO, through grants from foundations such as Lumina or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, works hand in hand with various universities, institutions and organizations to materialize a strategic CLR/LER initiative in several states.
But that is not all, from the public sector, in 2018 the National Council for the American Worker and the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board (AWPAB) were created, who, within their objective of creating a national strategy that identifies a way to make data transparent for American students and workers to make better decisions, identified the LER as an essential way for workers, employers, and education and training institutions to communicate what skills are in demand and what skills potential employees already possess .
That is, moving from a traditional CV to a digital and comprehensive one that is reflected in a better insertion into the world of work by students. Go from “good grades” in class to “good grades and more and better skills and abilities” acquired both inside and outside of school.
It is to go from academic courses to curricular activities and other diverse experiences that provide a great deal of knowledge and skills, that students have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities beyond an academic record. It is the extension of student records that supports the recognition of academic well-being, all in a secure and verified environment.
It does not focus solely on the courses a student takes, but dives into the results of their higher education experiences. Learning happens everywhere.
This has become increasingly relevant, especially in a country like Mexico where there are still a number of barriers around the educational and employment status of young people.
Although these changes disrupt traditional notions of job readiness, the future of work supported by a strong digital infrastructure can create a more equitable and prosperous society for all. For this, although there is already considered progress, there is still a critical need for collaboration and support between the private, government and educational sectors to achieve a better labor insertion of our young people that responds to the development of the national market.
Editor’s note: Guillermo Elizondo is co-founder and CEO of Territorium. Follow him on . The opinions published in this column belong exclusively to the author.