More companies are investing in online learning platforms for their employees. It can be an efficient way to onboard and train new hires, provide ongoing skills development, and develop high-potential leaders. But do these courses actually lead to career growth and mobility?
Mike Smith, global CEO of Randstad Sourceright, doesn’t believe that self-paced online courses are currently having a meaningful impact. “There will come a time, and we’re seeing that evolve,” he says.
For the time being, Smith advocates for development programs, certification classes and advanced degree studies that combine hands-on experience and classroom time over the course of several months, or years. He states that employers should offer more formalized training that can provide their people the opportunity to get to the next level in their career.
“Your propensity to be able to increase your seniority or improve your chances of moving either within your organization or another organization externally, is directly correlated to the length and time that you’re putting into that particular training,” he explains.
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