To thrive in the future workforce, both employers and employees need to get comfortable with uncertainty. Rapidly changing technology is shifting the way we work and the skills required to achieve success.
Today’s economy calls for us to embrace flexibility, to commit to a lifetime of learning, and to creatively approach problem-solving. Simply put, today’s economy pushes us to be agile; the economy of the future demands it.
Unfortunately, our education system is behind the curve in preparing students for the new Age of Agility. Without profound and rapid changes to how we educate our children, this nation faces the real possibility of falling behind countries with more nimble and more innovative education systems. It is time for our communities – business leaders, education experts, and policymakers – to confront the skills gap and help reshape education-to-employment pathways. It is going to take all of us, working together, to successfully navigate the future of work.
The Age of Agility means resilience, a comfortableness with change, and real curiosity to be a life-long learner.
The Age of Agility means a workforce that not only has the technical skills that industry needs, but also the 21st-century skills—such as critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and teamwork.
The Age of Agility means looking at challenges and opportunities as the same thing.