177 - Motivation and the Academic Skills Gap

Posted April 13, 2021 by Mark Perna

Episode: 177

Episode Title: Motivation and the Academic Skills Gap


The pandemic put students behind in their academic learning. How will this affect them as they move into the workforce? Let’s talk about it, coming up next on the Syndicate.


Ep 177 show:

Welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! This week, we’re talking about the skills gap in light of all the changes brought about by the pandemic. With some experts predicting a hiring boom about to hit, I can’t help but wonder about the next generation of employees entering the world of work. How ready are they, really?


The COVID slide, which refers to the loss of learning that happened during the last 12 months of pandemic learning conditions, put a lot of students behind. It’s no one’s fault—I’m personally extremely proud to work with amazing educators who go above and beyond every day to serve their students with excellence—but let’s face it, you can’t switch overnight to a fully remote learning model without some learning gaps. 


Left unbridged, these learning gaps could have a huge ripple effect—someday, maybe even preventing young people from reaching their career destination. 


Motivation is the key here. Bridging the learning gap is not going to be easy, for educators or students. But we have to keep looking at the Light at the End of the Tunnel, the reason to keep going. For students, that Light is the lifestyle and career they want to enjoy someday. To reach that Light, they have to go through the Tunnel of their education. 


Today, that Tunnel feels longer than ever. But the Light is still there. Young people have a great reason to make up the work and bridge their academic gaps. Let’s remind them about it.


Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the technical skills gap and why the pandemic might just help this longstanding problem. Tune in tomorrow and we’ll see you then!

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