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The Future Of Your Career Depends On Lifelong Learning

The Shifting Nature Of Education

The demand grows for a new learning ecosystem that offers cheaper and more accessible learning when compared to the traditional educational programs. 

Workers are demanding “plug and play” platforms that enable access to smaller bites of just-in-time education throughout their careers. 

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The Future Of Your Career Depends On Lifelong Learning

The Future Of Your Career Depends On Lifelong Learning

https://www.forbes.com/sites/schoolboard/2017/10/09/the-future-of-your-career-depends-on-lifelong-learning/

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Personalized Career Pathing

As more workers move into the gig economy, they will need to self-direct their learning and decide what knowledge they’re missing, where to acquire it, and how to fit learning into daily routines. Beyond personalized learning, they’ll need personalized career pathing.

The Shifting Nature Of Education

The demand grows for a new learning ecosystem that offers cheaper and more accessible learning when compared to the traditional educational programs. 

Workers are demanding “plug and play” platforms that enable access to smaller bites of just-in-time education throughout their careers. 

The Modern Workplace

The workplace is changing at an alarming pace, and so do the skills needed to keep up in most jobs. Also, the emergence of the gig economy is reshaping the traditional employer-employee relationship as more contractors fill roles once reserved for full-time workers.

It’s key for employees to get training and develop new skills throughout their work life in order to keep up with changes in the workplace.

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Cycle Of Obsolescence
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Peer-to-Peer Learning

Old-school learning techniques that involve huge investments of time and money are getting increasingly unfeasible.

New ways to learn, using various online tools, allows people to upgrade and refresh their skills. There are peer-to-peer learning platforms where experts are teaching how to attain mastery at specific skill-sets.

Shorten the Learning Times

Spending years in the classroom to learn a subject is keeping the individual unproductive.

Shortening the educational time commitment, and providing more hands-on work experience can make mastering skills easier and provide the young workforce with tangible, real-world skill-sets like confidence, adaptability, computational thinking and a design mindset.

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The future workforce
The future workforce

In the future, change is the only certainty.

Workers, employers, and education providers need to be agile, flexible and prepared to adapt as technology continues to interrupt industrie...

Education vs training

Until two decades ago, the general goal of colleges was for academic pursuits and teaching individuals to become more well-rounded. The general thought was that colleges were not vocational institutions.

Now, and possibly in the future, colleges will have to focus more on training and change their curriculum to meet the demands of employers.

Alternatives 

A four-year college education remains the best choice for those who can get admitted to a selective university. But for everyone else, an alternative path might be the best way to go.

In the future, one training path will be company-sponsored apprenticeship programs to cover the skills missing between the secondary system and what employers are looking for.

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The model of future work

By 2030, up to 30 to 40 percent of all workers in developed countries may need to move into new occupations or upgrade their skill sets. Skilled workers in short supply will become even scar...

Employers should lead the way

The pace and scale that technology disrupts is a social, political and business challenge.
Employers are best placed to make a positive societal impact, for example, by upgrading the abilities of their employees and equipping them with new skills. Employers will also reap the greatest benefit if they can successfully transform the workforce in this way.

Talent is the largest barrier

Talent is the largest barrier to the successful implementation of new strategies.

Many leading businesses realize that it is quicker and more financially prudent to look internally and develop the talent they already have. Yet only a third of global executives report that their organizations have launched any new reskilling programs.

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Our culture of work

Our culture claims that work is unavoidable and natural. The idea that the world can be freed from work, wholly or in part, has been suppressed for as long as capitalism has existed.

Exploring the abolition of work
  • In 1885, socialist William Morris proposed that in the factories of the future, employees should work only four hours a day.
  • In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that advances in technology would lead to an age of leisure where people might work 15 hours a week.
  • Since the early 2010s, these ideas have been developed further, creating a growing critique of work as an ideology, and exploring alternatives to work.
  • Post-work offers enormous promises: In a life of much less work, life would be calmer, more equal, more communal, more pleasurable, more thoughtful, more politically engaged, more fulfilled.
Work ideology

The work ideology is not natural nor very old.

  • Before the modern era, all cultures thought of work as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
  • Once the modern work ethic was established, working patterns started to shift. Between 1800 and 1900, the average working week shrank from 80 hours to 60 hours, and in the 1970s to roughly 40 hours.
  • In 1979, Bernard Lefkowitz related in his book that people who had given up their jobs reported feelings of "wholeness." During the same period, because wages were high enough, it became possible for most people to work less.
  • During the 80s, work ideology was reimposed by aggressively pro-business governments who were motivated by a desire for social control.
  • By the early 21st century, the work culture seems inescapable.

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    Motivation to learn

    We have an impressive ability to learn, but our motivation to do so tends to decrease with age:

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    Knowledge and expertise

    In this digital age, knowledge and expertise have been devalued.

    What you know is now less relevant than what you can learn, and employers are less interested in hiring people with particular expertise than with the general ability to develop the right expertise in the future.

    Access to information

    When we can all retrieve the same information, the key differentiator is not access to data, but the ability to make use of it, the capacity to translate the available information into useful knowledge.

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    Learning theories

    Learning theories develop hypotheses that describe how learning takes place.

    The major theories of learning are the following: 

    • behaviorist theories 
    • co...
    Behaviorism theories

    The behaviorist perspectives of learning originated in the early 1900s. The main idea of behaviorism is that learning consists of a change in behavior because of obtaining, strengthening and applying associations between input from the world, and observations of the individual.

    • Learning is reinforced by exercise and repetition, followed by a positive reward.
    • Learning takes place when the right parts of more complex behavior are rewarded.
    Cognitive psychology

    Cognitive psychology started in the late 1950s and contributed to the move away from behaviorism.

    • Instead of viewing people as collections of responses to external stimuli, people are viewed as information processors.
    • Cognitive psychology was influenced by the computer that processes information, that became analogous to the human mind.
    • Cognitive psychology understands learning as absorbing knowledge, acting on it, and storing it in memory.
    • The main teaching methods are lecturing and reading textbooks, where the learner receives knowledge passively.

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    Learning Drives Adaptability

    A learning mindset makes it less likely you’ll be thrown off or immobilized when a project changes the scope or a job function undergoes a transformation, especially if you have soft skills. Whi...

    Companies Want Avid Lifelong Learners

    The skills gap is often defined as the difference between the skills future workers have and the skills employers seek in new hires. But the skills gap also exists for the already employed workers and can keep growing unless they keep their skills up to date.

    Curiosity Is Career Fuel

    Understanding how your efforts fit into the bigger picture will give your work more meaning and give you new ideas to apply, so you don’t burn out or stagnate. Learning about something you’re curious about, even if it’s not useful to your job, expands your thinking, and impacts everything you do.

    An Uncertain Future
    • The past decade gave rise to the 'Gig' economy, spawning one-click app-based transactions.
    • Artificial Intelligence and automation are further transforming how people live and work.
    Future Proof Your Career

    Future-proofing your career to stay relevant isn't about learning how to code or going back to college.

    It is about having a career plan with a long-term vision, taking into account the current job-market conditions, economic factors, emerging opportunities, personal interests, and family realities.

    Shrinking Life Cycle of Jobs

    A life cycle of a job is shrinking rapidly, and if you're not re-inventing yourself or pivoting on time, you are rendered out of work sooner than in the past decades.

    We need to check our career plan and ask ourselves what skills need to be developed to pursue future opportunities, in this shifting economy.

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    Essential Meta-skills

    Meta-skills are talents that permeate every area of life and guide your ability to improve other skills. The five meta-skills that are particularly important to remain competitive in the mod...

    Feeling

    Because the future of work lies in automation, social intelligence is going to be an indispensable skill.

    Individuals with more empathy and other uniquely human gifts will be able to bring the most value. Interpersonal skills include intuition as this skill will enable you to save time and effort when developing solutions.

    Seeing

    While computers can work on addressing particular problems, they are not that good at seeing the big picture.

    This meta-skill expresses the human ability to strategize.

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