March 04, 2019 - 298 views|
Educators and business leaders need to rethink their approach to education and training to prepare workers for a future of AI, algorithms and automation.
Whether you work in the front office, the back office or the C-suite, your work will soon be very different. With the influx of automation and AI, many of us will need to adapt to evolving work tasks or transition into a new job role (we’ve identified 42 that we believe will evolve, here and here).
At this point, however, according to our recent research, only about one-quarter of the existing workforce is prepared to handle the new types of work driven by digital technologies. The obvious solution is to reskill current workers and prepare the incoming workforce; however, businesses and higher-education institutions are only at the beginning stages of making that shift in their approach to education and training, according to our study.
The increasingly vital need to skill and reskill the workforce for the rapidly unfolding future of work has rocked our entire education system, business landscape and society. In the face of an unknown future, we must tackle some critical questions surrounding the future of education and training:
Rethinking Education and Training for an Age of AI and Bots
To answer these and many other related questions, individuals, organizations and higher-education institutions must first consider the following 21st century challenges.
The Thirst for Continual Knowledge
No matter how great our education and training systems become, if people aren’t curious about learning new skills, the future of work won’t happen. Business leaders need to be brutally honest when asking themselves and their teams whether their organizations foster a culture of learning. Unfortunately, many businesses find the answer to this question is “No.”
Business leaders must encourage people to experiment, take risks and learn from new ideas and technologies. One way to address this issue is by establishing a new role to manage and promote learning across the organization. In our recent report “21 More Jobs of the Future,” we’ve identified the need for “Uni4Life Coordinators” to assist in facilitating lifelong learning for workers.
We're at the most important crossroads of this century. How businesses and educators respond to the age of AI – that is, the choices and decisions they make in the next few years – will shape the fate of many, if not most, individuals, educators, businesses and economies. Now is the time for educators and business leaders to rethink their workforce learning models and their relationship with the future of work.
No matter your age, current work role or career ambition, adapting to the future is essential. Learn how to master the art of learning and gain the valuable insights required to excel in the future of work by registering for our March 28 webinar “The Future of Learning.” Get a jumpstart by reading our recent white paper “Relearning How We Learn from the Campus to the Workplace” or view our infographic.