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?
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.”
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.
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?
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:
- Rekindle curiosity
- Use the workplace as a playground
- View your work as a series of performances
- Deliberate practice
- 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
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.
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.
“With the rise of technology, combined with the explosive growth of social media over the last decade, the concept of personalized mobile learning through bite-sized learning snippets has come to the fore. In addition, in the context of major global challenges such as globalization, digitalization and demographic change, and learning for all, there is an urgent need for a variety of learning opportunities and pathways for lifelong and life-wide learning. The concept of microlearning has been around since about 2000, but what is it and how to make learning in bite-sized form successful, attractive and effective, as it to be just right for me and learning in education, training, achievement and talent development contexts. Micro-learning offers opportunities to incorporate, integrate and personalize cost-effective and meaningful learning and training solutions for each individual in terms of personal, environmental and organizational performance improvement. During this webinar with invited experts in this field there will be opportunities to learn more about the growing field of micro-learning / bite-sized learning snippets and quality for life-ong learning.”
A panel and discussion: http://www.eden-online.org/eden_conference/microlearning-and-quality-for-lifelong-learning-in-the-digital-age/
“The university model needs to evolve. Universities must realise that learning in your 20s won’t be enough. If technological diffusion and implementation develop faster, workers will have to constantly refresh their skills.”
This idea takes on new urgency in light of the closure of conventional classes due to the health scare. Lifelong learning steps up to play a role in how and how long we learn.
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