In their 2017 book The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, authors Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott explore the implications of demographic trends towards longer lives on work and careers. The resulting need to work for longer and the concomitant shortening of the shelf life of skills, were already resulting in the need for new models of post secondary education where work and study are interwoven over a life or learning and working.
The recent global pandemic has accelerated the disruption in the world of work and academia with equal ferocity. It seems more certain than ever that the operating models and the funding approach to tertiary education will need a radical redesign, are we ready to let go of our history and ritual-heavy college system?
This is one important thematic strand of our research on the future of workplace learning, how post-secondary academic institutions are changing to reflect the new reality of work , how they too face disruption driven by technology and social change, and how they are innovating in response. Increasingly we see progressive institutions forging new partnerships with industry to help define and grow the talent pipeline for the future, and to help re-skill and up-skill displaced populations.
Here are three LITNW episodes that represent three strong voices in the debate, and a great overview of the forces at work and the opportunity to rethink corporate and academic partnerships, and showcase some of the leaders think through the challenge and opportunity.
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