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HIGHER EDUCATION TREND TRACKING NOVEMBER 2018

“Futurists estimate that up to 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet”. The Strada Institute for the Future of Work doesn’t subscribe to the alarmist tone of such statistics, and argues in a recent report that training young people for the jobs of the future will require combining “hard” and “soft” (or “human”) skills, e.g. “programming + ethics, AI + emotional intelligence, logic + values or judgment.” The report goes on to warn that few universities are “redesigning their educational models to keep pace with the future.” At stake, among other things, is the recent decline in liberal arts majors, which students are increasingly turning away from to the benefit of career-oriented majors in business, health care and science – which the report views as a trend that should be reversed. To this end, there needs to be more clarity in communicating how skills acquired in postsecondary education can translate into jobs to job seekers, employers and educators. The fact is, companies do hire liberal arts graduates. The report offers a preliminary mapping of the ways in which all stakeholders can ensure that the value of human skills provided by liberal arts disciplines becomes better understood – which will lead more future job seekers to the employment opportunities of tomorrow. Robot-Ready: Human +Skills for the Future of Work, Strada Institute for the Future of Work & Emsi, November 2018.

Authors: Corinne Mellul, Corinne Mellul
Date of the document: January 2019
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