Recommendations by experts outline training of ample, robust, and relevant skills as a critical requirement in approaching the future of work. Where this work will come from, what it will entail, and the individuals to qualify for this job is our greatest concern.
The answers to these concerns highlight the deep struggles that should be addressed in the academic, private, and public sectors. The future of work will come with numerous technological disruptions. Preparing today’s workforce for the future goes beyond empowering them with tech skills. This article highlights some fundamental issues that revolve around the future of work.
The Morphing of the Education Sector
There is a need to prepare the future workforce with knowledge, skills, and information that will help them face the pressure that will come with technological changes. In fact, almost every career should feature models that provide for ongoing, lifelong learning. Unfortunately, the existing models of education haven’t done much in adapting to the shift experienced in the global economy. Education has been quite a conservative sector, and failure to change the existing models might inhibit many from becoming suitable for the future of work.
In the future, almost every process will be automated, with solutions becoming AI-driven. Employees will have to learn how to adapt to a system dominated by technology by learning how to work with machines. This means teaching ‘humanics’ to the future workforce. This is an empowerment model that guides students on how to bridge human literacy to technological literacy. Humanics includes training on skills such as teamwork, empathy, communication, collaboration, leadership, and judgement. These skills should also be taken into the real world.
The ideology that learning ends in college will not land anyone into the future of work. In addition to allowing for continuous learning and adoption of humanics, there is a need to train future workers on how to interact with people harmoniously. This includes training on soft skills such as emotional intelligence, attitudes, communication skills, social intelligence, and other social skills. There is a limit beyond which machines stop being relevant, which is where soft skills come in.
Urgency for Action
Technological changes are happening at a very high speed than the creation of new jobs. We need to have systems changes, education morphed, and students equipped with relevant skills as early as now. Hoping for the best is not enough. We have to look into the implications of technology and take the necessary steps. This means multisector deliberations on the way forward, including businesses, the government, companies, and non-profit making organisations. Such deliberations should be able to address issues such as tax systems, inclusivity, wealth sharing, and long-term approaches to work.