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19 August, 2020 | (01 hr)

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A college degree has long been thought to be the primary credential for professional careers, a ticket to employment, and a filter for hiring requirements. However, many employers have come to realize that degrees may not offer comprehensive insight into what an individual can do. Until the recent COVID-19 global pandemic and the resulting economic freefall, we have had a tight labor market where over 90 percent of organizations were operating with unfilled positions, while jobs themselves continue to change rapidly given evolving and new technologies.

Accordingly, interest in alternative credentials is growing. Some employers are realizing that their reliance on traditional degrees is not getting them the depth and breadth they need in applicant pools to supply their job demands (e.g., for cybersecurity analysts, project managers, software engineers) or to provide the diverse workforce they desire.

In this webcast, we will provide a foundation for understanding the breadth and complexity of the current credential landscape, along with the different types of credentials and their benefits. We will also identify three areas where some organizations have begun to consider the benefits of alternative credentials (workforce planning and strategy, training and reskilling, and recruitment processes) and offer a set of recommendations.

As a result of this webcast, viewers will be able to:

  • Identify different types of credentials
  • Articulate the benefits of using alternative credentials
  • Understand how alternative credentials are being used


Deb Cohen, PhD

Deb Cohen, PhD
Consultant and Distinguished Principal Research Fellow
The Conference Board

Deb Cohen, PhD, is a Distinguished Principal Research Fellow in the Human Capital practice at The Conference Board and President of her own consultancy, Deb Cohen, LLC. Deb is an association executive and management consultant with more than 25 years of experience advising, speaking, and guiding ...Full Bio

Robin Erickson, PhD

Robin Erickson, PhD (Moderator)
Principal Researcher
The Conference Board

Robin Erickson, PhD, is a Principal Researcher in Human Capital. Recognized as a thought leader for talent acquisition, engagement, talent mobility, retention, and layoffs, she also draws on her experiences as a research analyst at Bersin and a talent strategies consultant at multiple consulting ...Full Bio

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