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Prepare yourself for the future

Technology is changing work and creating new possibilities and challenges. While some may fear automation and digitalization, others are already preparing themselves for the future. What skills will people need to possess in the future and how will the jobs of the future look?

As the galaxy becomes more digitalized, the requirements for skills are changing. With emerging technologies, more jobs are being automated and entire industries changed overnight. That may raise the question; who cannot be replaced by a robot? Thomas Winther Poulsen, who is the COO of Innovation Centre Denmark Silicon Valley, argues:

“Artificial intelligence and robots will not take over all jobs, but merely change and augment how we work. Technological development will definitely affect work, as it always have, but the fear that all people will lose their jobs to machines is unjustified. Rather, technology will transform the way people work through augmentation creating all kinds of new types of jobs.”

New and emerging technologies can automate many predictive tasks and routine jobs, but systems that require human input and interaction to function fully will remain. Technological developments will require workers to upskill and reskill to stay relevant rather than make people obsolete.

“Let’s be honest, there are a lot of jobs out there that it would be fantastic to leave to robots and algorithms, and thus relieve people from. We lack imagination when it comes to future jobs and tasks, and it is unfortunately too often converted into fear,” says Thomas and continues:

“We should rather take a profound interest in the skills that are relevant to possess and start to adapt towards the future instead of fighting it – that is impossible anyway.”

The future raises many important questions to be explored, discussed and eventually answered: How will new learning platforms create different possibilities for lifelong learning? What skills will employees need to possess in the future? How will education change? How will future jobs and tasks look?

Silicon Valley displays a lot of inspiration and perspectives for the future of work. You will find the most relevant research and education institutions, including Stanford University and UC Berkeley, the newest ventures focusing on the future of work, fast growing start-ups like Upwork, and established gig-platforms like Uber and Lyft, well-known corporations, thought-leaders and successful investors. All of them trying to prepare for the future of work through innovation and tech in a high-paced area, where investments are made for more than $1bn on a weekly basis.

In our Future of Work masterclass we provide participants access to the unique Silicon Valley ecosystem, and explore the questions of the future of work. For our previous participant Gitte Pfeffer, Head of International Services at Workz, it was an epiphany to examine the new technologies during the one week-long masterclass:

“Participating in the Future of Work Master Class was a wakeup call in terms of how fast the technological transformation is happening, and how unprepared we are for what is about to come. The technological innovation creates phenomenal opportunities, but it might go terribly wrong, if no “adults” are present. We need to define global rules and ethics within Industry 4.0” Gitte explains and continues:

“We will use the knowledge we achieved at the masterclass to consciously navigate when determining the market and adapting our organization to the transformation that is coming that doesn’t look like anything we have experienced before.”

do you also want to prepare your organizattion for the future of work?

Join our Masterclass on April 27th - May 1st in Silicon Valley where we will be meeting frontrunners and explore all the above and many other questions. Get more info about the event here.

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