Strada Education Network
Janet Salm is managing director of research at the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, leading the research team to develop, refine and communicate insights about the future of learning and work.
Prior to joining Strada, Salm led strategy measurement and analytical modeling efforts for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's postsecondary success team. She brings 20 years of experience in evaluation, data analysis and storytelling to her work in making education after high school more equitable, affordable and flexible.
Salm earned a master of public administration degree at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in philosophy and women’s studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Long Life Learning offers readers a glimpse into a future where the average working life has no beginning, middle, or end. Contemplating a shift from the educational all-you-can-eat-buffet of college and university to an “as-you-need-it” approach to delivering education, author Michelle Weise explains why and how worker education is overdue for momentous changes.
You can’t judge a job by its title. The same role can actually require different combinations of skills, called “skill shapes,” depending on the industry, employer and region. People have skill shapes too, formed by their work experience and training. Skills gaps emerge when the skill shapes that employers need don’t align with the skill shapes that local workers offer. Precise learning pathways, attuned to regional workforce demands, can close those gaps by helping people develop a skill shape that snaps into place in the local labor market. This 2-minute video reveals what a job title doesn’t tell you, and how skill shapes analysis can help connect more people with their perfect career match.