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The growing skills gap is one of the biggest challenges to the future of the global economy. Both higher education and talent development must take responsibility for closing the skills gap. Learning is transitioning from a 20th century approach heavily reliant on rote learning to a 21st century curriculum focused on communication, collaboration, critical reasoning and creative problem solving. Lynda.com aims to provide today's learners with a mix of “soft” skills alongside “hard” skills that are industry-specific and technical. Filling this critical gap ensures the ability to obtain the jobs that are and will be vs. the jobs that once were. Lynda.com partnered with LinkedIn is posed for the first time to connect the graduate (or student) to opportunity.