How Can You Prepare for a Work Future You Can’t Even See?
Updated: Mar 2, 2021
This Q&A was published on Rodger Dean Duncan's Forbes blog:
In the words of psychiatrist R. D. Laing, we live in a moment of history where change is so fast-paced that we “begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.”
Change is not just faster. It’s also exploding in quantity and magnitude. Experts say we can expect more change in our lifetimes than has occurred since the beginning of civilization more than ten millennia ago. Trying to keep up with change can feel like getting trapped on a runaway treadmill. Managing it can be even harder.
This reality poses special challenges for people in the workplace.
Think about it. Many of the top jobs on LinkedIn didn’t even exist just a few years ago. It’s anyone’s guess how many as-yet-unknown jobs will be the hot tickets ten years from now, or even five, or maybe even two.
Nobody understands this better than Michelle R. Weise, a renowned thought leader in the field of the future of work and education. She’s founder of the Strada Institute of the Future of Work. Her thought-provoking book is Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs That Don’t Even Exist Yet.
For anyone who wants to take a proactive approach to education and career planning, Michelle’s book is an important read.
Read the full Q&A here.