Google Refines Its Education Program To Boost Employees’ Careers

Google Refines Its Education Program To Boost Employees’ Careers

The tech giant has begun offering specific classes based on an employee's work area and has incorporated feedback to help craft individual programs.

Emma Hutchings
  • 30 august 2012

PSFK Presents The Future Of Work

GoogleEDU is changing the way employees learn and develop at the company, by offering education programs that are more worthwhile and focused for their needs and talents. The tech company relies on data analytics and other measures to make sure it teaches employees what they need to know. According to the Wall Street Journal:

Last year, Google offered more classes to more employees than it ever has before, with about a third of its 33,100-strong global workforce going through the in-house program. It cut classes that didn’t work and retooled others.

Google Refines Its Education Program To Boost Employees' Careers

Google has become more targeted in its approach, carefully selecting what classes to offer and to whom. It uses employee statistics and reviews of managers, incorporating the feedback to help craft the education programs and suggest certain courses to them. It has also begun offering specific classes based on employees’ work area (engineering vs. sales) and career stage (junior developer vs. senior manager).


PSFK is asking readers to tell us how you and your co-workers are learning from one another. Drop us a line and tell us what has helped you move ahead in your career or send us a related link of social education in the workplace that you’ve found interesting.

Tweet it to us at @psfk with the hashtags #FoW #SocialEDU, for a chance to win an iPod Nano for all the bite-sized lessons you share.

Over the next 4-8 weeks we want to start a conversation around what you see as possible in the Future of Work.  Be sure to follow the conversation on PSFK and participate in the daily competitions. Tweet us your ideas to @psfk using #FoW


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