The workforce of tomorrow: shifting to the new collar economy

The world is hurtling towards a dramatic change in workforce realities. This new collar economy will significantly alter the jobs of today – technology will be huge part of this economy and will inform the nature of jobs.

Thus, employers and higher education officials are now grappling with the best ways to retain and retrain workers, as well as prepare students for this new collar economy. Despite technology playing a key role, it doesn’t mean that everyone is now going to need a degree or masters in technology to achieve career success. Rather, it means that workers from all kinds of jobs will need to know how to use technology to do their job well.

In thinking about the type of degree or higher education diploma that will be relevant in this new collar economy, we must bear in mind that it is more important to equip students and workers with competencies that will make them nimble enough to adapt to any job, whatever they may be.

This article is a telling piece about the future. Technology will undoubtedly change the nature of jobs but we are also unable to correctly predict this change or even determine what types of jobs will exist in the future. Hence, I agree with the view that it is more important to equip our students with skills and competencies that will enable them to adapt to any job. Perhaps in that respect, rote learning to pass exams may not be as relevant anymore in the years to come.

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