The Future of Skills in the 21st Century

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As I stared out of the duck blind and into the rain, with cold water coursing down my back and puddling around my ankles — and nary a duck in sight — I didn’t question my decision to challenge myself by learning a new skill every year. I believe learning new skills is essential. I did, however, question my decision to learn this particular new skill — and developed an aversion to ducks, generally.

Most workers no longer have an option when it comes to learning new skills. The half-life of new technical skills is only about three years — meaning that a skill taught in the first year of a four-year degree will be almost obsolete before graduation. It’s no wonder that more and more people — and the companies and organizations they work for — are coming to grips with the notion that, in the early 21st century, learning is truly a lifelong activity.

These — and other compelling reasons — are why we’re holding an exclusive Executive Summit on the topic of the Future of Work and Learning at this year’s Fusion Conference.

Specifically, we will explore the future of skills and the role that educational institutions, employers, and governments play in restructuring skills development in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How do we prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet? What is the role of future-proof, durable skills in the workforce and how can we integrate them into education and training? What can workers and employers do to address the growing skills gap?

This year’s Executive Summit will feature a keynote speech by Futurist and Technology Expert Erica Orange, the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms.

As we bring together these and other speakers, we hope to delve deeply into the issues surrounding work and training in the 21st century. I invite you to join us at the remarkable Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida from July 15, 2019.

No ducks allowed.

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