The pace of change is accelerating. Yet, while we acknowledge that the future will be different form the past and even the present, we often based our strategies and plans on outdated assumptions. The last two years have been shrouded in angst and change. With the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, we seem to have forgotten that, for a while, we were set on a changing work environment based on the evolution of technology. We now embrace certain technologies for their ability to allow us to work in secure, albeit distanced circumstances. This has required of us as the current workforce to make changes to our lifestyle and it impacted significantly on our work life balance. However, the significant advances in AI, machine learning, and robotics, the resultant over supply of data and information, will require different business and governance models.
Although there are numerous predictions, it is not possible to predict what the world will look like five years into the future. Let alone ten years or more. This is a relevant question, as HE has the responsibility to prepare its current and future students towards employability, or, at least, employment readiness. The future of work, is mostly veiled behind a shroud of uncertainty, a flurry of dynamic change and a cloud of technology leaps. This leads to questions such as “How do we prepare ourselves for such changes?”