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Future & Skills

The future of work, according to leading HR professionals

One of my key messages to individuals in this changing world is to find your passion and integrate your passion with your work. One of the challenges today is that most people are products of the schools and society we’ve had, which encourage you to go to work to get a pay check, and if it pays well, that’s a good job, versus encouraging you to find your passion and find a way to make a living from it

John Hagel III

Jobs will increasingly need creative, flexible, problem solvers say John Hagel III and Jeff Schwartz, two leading voices in the field of HR and business innovation

Supporting children and young people to have self-autonomy in their lives and education is hugely beneficial for the individual, leading to happier more fulfilled and motivated people. But it also makes so much sense in the context of ‘human capital’ and ‘preparing a workforce’. Employers, businesses, universities, HR professionals. They are all saying the same. The days of jobs requiring high levels of repetition are gone, such jobs increasingly being done by machines. What businesses need in employees is creative thinking, ability to problem solve, ability to learn new things quickly, ability to work in a team. School is failing to even produce an adequate workforce, let alone fulfilled, actualised human beings.

The next years belong to people who understand curiosity and understand how to pursue curiosity and actually learn and explore new things. Being comfortable with learning and newness is critical

Jeff Schwartz


In this interview on HR Times blog, hosted by Deloitte, John Hagel III and Jeff Schwartz – two leaders in the field of ‘human capital’ and management – discuss their views on the future of work.


A framework for understanding the future of work (HR Times, 27 Sep 2017)

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