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I recently read an article summary on LinkedIn entitled: These jobs will go away by 2030

“Within the next 15 years, nearly 15% of the global workforce may need to switch jobs, according to a new report released today by the McKinsey Global Institute. By 2030, 75 million to 375 million workers will change occupation categories while another 400 to 800 million could be displaced by automation* and will be required to find new jobs entirely. While new jobs will be created during that same period, the big question is if workers will have the necessary skills to transition into these new roles effectively. Are our education and training programs keeping pace with changes in the workforce? Join the conversation.”

Some of the comments made about the article summary were as follows:

Heidi Miller

“It’s evident to me, when I post for openings in marketing analytics and receive the majority of qualified resumes from Asian and South Asian applicants, that US education is not preparing students for today’s realities, much less what reality might look like in 15 years. It would be great to hire young Americans. If only they were prepared…”

Rick Ruppenthal

“We often hear, “Now that you have graduated, the learning begins.” That statement alone tells me that many people believe we are not learning what we do need to learn in our current school system. Personally it has not evolved as quickly as the world around it and IMHO due not letting go of old paradigms around what education is or should be. Look at the results – is this what we wanted? The paradigm of finding that one job and riding it to retirement is no longer. Diversity of skills matches with a diversity of careers. Many already work for several different companies using similar skills.”

Mike Krautkramer

“Teaching students how to best learn a skill will be most important. Whatever the new technology, people need to be skilled at the learning/training process, and having strong background knowledge they can connect/anchor to.”

To these comments I add my own:

What skills are needed for future workers? The ability to think, reason, communicate, learn new skills, work hard and effectively…Knowing and using the tools of learning, and loving to learn…a Classical Education!

*All bold sections are my emphasis
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