Larson: A look at the workforce of the future
Beyond the state and national government’s emphasis on measuring basic proficiency skills, we know our graduates will need to be prepared for college, the global workplace and personal success. While we ensure high achievement for our students on national and state assessments, we also want to prepare our students for their future lives and workplaces. Bob Nelson, a futurist consultant, highlights the following five trends that will shape the future of work:
1. The growing shortage of skilled workers: Demographic trends indicate that a declining birthrate combined with an aging population will result in a skilled labor shortage. There also will be a growing divide between skilled and nonskilled workers.
2. The rise of the millennial: Those who were born between 1980 and 2000 represent prospective workers who are motivated differently than previous generations. While they don’t want their jobs to define their identify, they expect fulfillment and meaning in their work. They will not be patient in “paying their dues” and likely will change jobs and careers frequently.
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