Preparing the professionals of the future
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF, 2016) we are today at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. Developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology are all building on and amplifying one another. Smart systems—homes, factories, farms, grids or entire cities—will help tackle problems ranging from supply chain management to climate change. Concurrent to this technological revolution are a set of broader socioeconomic, geopolitical and demographic developments, with nearly equivalent impact to the technological factors.
Many of the major drivers listed above are expected to have a significant impact on jobs, ranging from significant job creation to job displacement, and from heightened labour productivity to widening skills gaps. In many industries and countries, the most in-demand occupations or specialities did not exist 10 or even five years ago, and the pace of change is set to accelerate. By one popular estimate, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist. In such a rapidly evolving employment landscape, the ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content and the aggregate effect on employment is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals in order to fully seize the opportunities presented by these trends—and to mitigate undesirable outcomes
The Union of Kingston Students in partnership with other stakeholders understands these challenges and is actively involved in the efforts to equip KU students with the knowledge and the skills they need to address future challenges and opportunities.
Case studies: Professionals of the Future
Samia Khalfaoui - Structural Design and Construction Management with sustainability (MSc)
Nathan O'Nions - Accounting and Finance (BSc)
Nadine Osman - Sustainable Design (MA)
Shanice Lewis-Spencer - Applied Economics and Politics (BSc)
Sophie Stedman - International Relations and Journalism (BSc)
Tomiwa Olufolabi - Business Study Abroad
Source: World Economic Forum (2016), The future of jobs. Available here