Bridging the Disconnect Between Academic Institutions and Employers in the 4th Industrial Revolution




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The skills gap is widening and causing greater inequality in the today’s workplace. Bridging the disconnect between academic institutions and employers in the 4th industrial revolution is of critical importance to the success of our current market.

Combining and analyzing both qualitative data gathered from key focus groups and a literature review, it is evident that a commitment to self- directed learning requires students and faculty to both understand the value of empowering learning, and to take increased responsibility for decision making. Academic institutions need to address skills required to become self-directed learners and must present students with the environment that lets them be more self-directed. Employers on the other hand must provide institutions with the skills they require upon hiring.


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How to Cite

Rakowski, N. (2022). Bridging the Disconnect Between Academic Institutions and Employers in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 21(1), 109–117.



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