Remember when learning to code was a thing?
Back in 2013, a not-for-profit organization called Code.org partnered with people like Ashton Kutcher and Usher to raise awareness about math and science classes in America. They had one simple message: Everybody from President Barack Obama to Cory Booker can learn to code. You and your kids can learn, too.
I don’t know many kids who are influenced by Usher and Cory Booker, but the campaign caught my attention because talent advisors are always trying to predict the future of work. Do we absolutely need to code?
As talent advisors, many of you hear you need your MBA to become a successful human resources leader. Do you think that’s true? here’s my take.
The Case for Yes
Many people believe a traditional MBA program is the quickest way to entrepreneurship. Want to master change management and the fundamentals of finance and business-related math? MBA programs can do that while also teaching you business skills, leadership skills and how to work in a global environment. Talent advisors with an MBA can bridge the gap between compliance and ground-shifting innovation.
The Case for No
Business schools are overrated. Most are expensive, and the ROI isn’t there as very few MBA programs are highly regarded. Increase your chances of getting a better job that pays more money while working in human resources by acquiring on-the-job training and industry-specific certifications. Random and boring case studies from the aviation industry are worthless if you work as a talent acquisition specialist in the healthcare field.
The Case for A Hybrid Education
There’s a pragmatic path for talent advisors who want to stay current with today’s business trends and learn more about the future of work. Stay current with your HRCI certification, and explore other sensible certifications and programs in your industry. You might be a talent acquisition leader in the creative space. You could be a business partner who provides HR services for IT professionals. Stay true to your job. However, seek out opportunities to learn more about your industry and your colleagues.
When All Else Fails, Code
Maybe you should join Usher and learn how to code. I don’t hate that idea. I am not sure it would do any good for your current career path as a talent advisor, but could you imagine learning to code from Usher?
It would be worth it just for the story.
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