Skills Over Degrees: Harvard Business School’s Joe Fuller Shares How Employers and Educators Can Find and Foster Skills for the Future

When it comes to hiring an employee, does where they went to college matter more than their relevant skills?

According to Joe Fuller of Harvard Business School, maybe not. “What we need is employers to have more solutions where they can draw on non-degree holders to fill important growing jobs,” he says.

A professor of management practice at Harvard, Joe is also the co-director of the university’s Managing the Future of Work initiative. With an MBA from Harvard and decades of experience as an executive, Joe is well versed in the best practices of hiring. But although he works for easily the most recognized brand in higher ed, Joseph suggests that maybe college degrees shouldn’t be the primary indicator of employability. Joe suggests that employers and educators should turn their focus to skills, as opposed to just degrees.

Listen in to this interview with EdTech Times’ Hannah Nyren and Joe Fuller to learn more about how colleges and employers can better prepare students for the workforce, and how a shift in priorities could be the secret to filling the talent and skills gaps.

Amanda Wahlstedt

Amanda Wahlstedt is a media arts and sciences major and education studies minor at Wellesley college. As a rural low-income student in Kentucky, she played an essential role in the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team’s College Tripwires project, a student-led investigation into the inequities facing Kentucky youth in the process of navigating the postsecondary transition process. She has written for the EdSurge Independent Cohort and been published in the Hechinger Report and Louisville Courier Journal. She currently serves as the Chief Storyteller for Student Voice.