Addressing employee training matters in agriculture as much as any other business.
According to Tom Berlin, Director of pulmonary and respiratory care at Florida Hospital Orlando, professional development has three advantages:
1) expands the knowledge base and critical thinking skills, which benefits clinical practice and communication
2) provides a basis for advancement into the next level of clinical practice, an educator role, or management
3) demonstrates respect as well as passion for the success of individual team members.
Great reasons for lifelong learning. Read more here:
Graduation should not be seen as the end of one’s education.
Read how Susannah Gal, associate dean of research and outreach and a professor of biology at Penn State Harrisburg, has lived around the world looking for opportunities to gain understanding and an appreciation for lots of different things in this amazing world.
Lifelong learning is crucial in the evolving work environment; the tools are getting better and more accessible. Here are examples:
- Internet user growth rose 7 percent in 2017, down from 12 percent the year before.
- People are spending more time online: U.S. adults spent 5.9 hours per day on digital media in 2017 (3.3 of those hours on mobile).
- Freelance work is becoming more common.
- Tech companies are facing increasing pressure over privacy issues.
- Voice-controlled devices are taking off.
- E-commerce is exploding: it grew 16 percent in the U.S. in 2017.
- Smartphone unit shipments are stagnating.
As 78 million Baby Boomers prepare to redefine their own retirement, news that staying active and keeping their brains constantly engaged may help stave off mental and physical ailments and diseases has many asking how best to do so. The answer is simple: Lifelong learning.
News flash: The future is murky.
We all know that accelerating technological change makes it hard to tell what the workforce will look like 20 years from now. Or even two years from now.
In its report The Future of Jobs, the World Economic Forum found that, by 2020, most occupations will require core skills that weren’t considered crucial in the mid-2010s. We can’t even safely predict which occupations will still be around in the next decade.
“Together, technological, socioeconomic, geopolitical and demographic developments and the interactions between them will generate new categories of jobs and occupations while partly or wholly displacing others,” the report says.
So where do all these disruptions leave higher education? With the seemingly impossible task of preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist.