Lifelong Learning is the Future of work

If you think disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation only affect lower-skilled workers, not professionals like you, think again.

True, the widespread use of robotics and automation has hit manufacturing workers hard as it forges ahead to put millions in routine, repetitive tasks out of work.

But when an online healthcare platform like China’s Ping An Good Doctor can diagnose more than 2,000 illnesses just through questions and answers and can prescribe medications within one minute, then medical jobs are no longer as secure.

You and your professional jobs, too, can be caught off guard sooner than you think.

Investing in new skills is necessary to cope with rapid technological change. This is where the government should come in. The big question is what is the right thing for the government to do to soften the pangs of disruptive technologies in the workforce?

Air Force uses quarantine to shift online

What started as an idea during a lunch at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., before the COVID-19 outbreak forced many Airmen to work remotely, has become a group of more than 11,000 people coming together online to learn and further their professional development.

The Facebook group “AF Quarantine University” gathers together subject matter experts from inside the Air Force, retirees, and others who provide video lectures on any topic they propose, to help Airmen learn and develop at a time when in-person interactions on base are limited.

“How might we take advantage of the current situation and continue our professional development?” the group’s description states. “This group is meant to bring people together, share best practices, and foster a commitment to lifelong learning.”

Read: https://www.airforcemag.com/airmen-use-coronavirus-quarantine-to-shift-development-online/

Lifelong learning matters more than ever

Now, even while Labour has been enduring necessary though painful soul-searching in our leadership elections, we find ourselves focused on a cruel, existential threat to all of our lives. One that has rightly stopped all the clocks of conventional politics and campaigning. But in that last year of traumas, something remarkable has happened within our party that offers a positive shaft of hope for our country’s recovery after Covid-19.

As part of Labour’s promise for a National Education Service, we launched a Lifelong Learning Commission. In the space of just eight months, it delivered a process that cut through traditional silos in higher and further education and skills. Silos that have left so many behind, along with disastrous government policies, and have produced nearly a million lost adult learners since 2010.

Read: https://labourlist.org/2020/04/lifelong-learning-will-matter-more-than-ever-as-we-look-to-recover-from-covid-19/

Lifelong Learning Is Key to Continued Business Success

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Over the last couple of years, digital transformation has been a frequent topic in my conversations with CIOs. These CIOs have told me repeatedly a culture that promotes a willingness to learn and relearn is essential for success. So how does lifelong learning enable businesses in the digital era?

https://www.cmswire.com/digital-workplace/lifelong-learning-is-key-to-continued-business-success/

A five-step guide to master the art of lifelong learning

While we run just to stay in place, we are in fact slowly moving backwards; we are becoming obsolete even as we do our best to keep up

But it need not be. Let’s try a different approach. How can we remain relevant by becoming a lifelong learner and mastering the art of it?

gives 5 steps to do that:

  1. Rekindle curiosity
  2. Use the workplace as a playground
  3. View your work as a series of performances
  4. Deliberate practice
  5. Reflect and evolve

Read about those: https://www.livemint.com/opinion/columns/opinion-a-five-step-guide-to-master-the-art-of-lifelong-learning-11582815602580.html

You NEED Lifelong Learning

Are you confident there will be a role for you—one that engages you and uses your strengths—in your chosen profession 10 years from now? How comfortable are you with your rate and type of upskilling?

The Education and Learning for the Modern World: CBI/Pearson 2019 Education and Skills Surveyreport offers predictions on employment in 2030. CBI and Pearson Education suggest that, despite rampant talk and fears of humans being replaced by robots in their jobs, only one in five employees are in jobs that are anticipated to shrink in the next 10 years. Ten percent of workers are in jobs that may expand. However, that means that for 70 percent of employees, there is more ambiguity about the future of work and what it will mean for them.

https://www.td.org/magazines/td-magazine/theres-no-contention-people-need-lifelong-learning

How tech is transforming industry

According to a 2018 World Economic Forum report, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are transforming business models and job profiles.

This means required job skills will have shifted significantly by 2022; 54% of all employees will need re-skilling and upskilling.

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/tech-has-disrupted-the-workplace-digital-first-lifelong-learning-is-the-answer-03-mar-2020

How Lifelong Learning Can Help Leaders Stay Relevant

Forbes says that continuing education and lifelong learning have been essential to keep pace and stay attuned to the demands of today’s disruptive business climate. Lifelong learning!

Read details: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinessdevelopmentcouncil/2020/03/05/how-lifelong-learning-can-help-leaders-stay-relevant-in-the-age-of-change/#5126fe336bba

Good News and Bad News about Lifelong Learning

According to Brandon Busteed of forbes.com, there is good and bad news about lifelong learning:

“The bad news is there’s little evidence that lifelong learning can be taught and that any organization thus far has mastered it for their own human resource needs. The good news is that those hard truths might not matter anymore simply because lifelong learning will be thrust upon us as a staple of everyday work life.”

The reality? Lifelong learning will not be an option.

And that is good news for those of us who have worked in it.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonbusteed/2020/02/17/the-really-good-and-really-bad-news-on-lifelong-learning/#1ee9842311f2

The Case for Continuous Skills Development

In this global Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, and genetics research are accelerating the transformation of industries, labor markets, and lifestyles. Global learning technology leader D2L released a new whitepaper today at the 2020 Education World Forum on the future of work and learning. The paper describes how these forces and the interactions between them are permeating all aspects.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/d2l-whitepaper-future-lifelong-learning-110700143.html