The Future of Jobs
University of the Pacific
The Great Recession of the early 21st century has accelerated an already ongoing process – the realignment of employment, professional practice, and workforce conditions in every industry, profession, and trade. These changes have been enabled by new applications of technology, the advancing use of artificial intelligence, and social networking. Even before the recession, changes have been emerging in job requirements, personal productivity, and the patterns and cadences of professional practices. During the recession, employers have reduced staffing levels, relying on increased productivity and realigned practices.
Strategic Initiatives is addressing these challenges in all of our “Planning from the Future Backwards” services and projects. New for 2011-12, additional services include access to cutting-edge futuring, observatory, and sense-making functions provided by Dr. Paul Lefrere and his international contacts and research partners as our conduit to relevant R&D, practices and policies globally. Applications include fostering self-regulated learning using current and emerging technologies as extensions to the e-Lifestyle. These new services can be conducted as stand-alone workshops and actions, or embedded in planning projects to develop expeditionary solutions to emerging opportunities and threats.
Related to those new services, Strategic Initiatives is working with a range of international universities, ministries of education, and employers on strategies for filling persistent talent gaps in innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce competences. We have engagements in process with a number of universities in the Middle East to leverage the e-Lifestyle for basic education/training and continuous professional development. We are also forging partnerships between universities in developed and developing nations to address these issues.