New workers, new skills

Posted on May 19th, 2016

Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley non-profit research and consulting organization, examines the skills that students should be acquiring from their educational experience given the changing world of work. She describes how new worker categories are emerging, where people “are thinking about making a living in new ways and…are putting work into a very different context.” The skills she identifies include sense-making, novel and adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, media literacy, and transdisciplinarity. Gorbis argues that educators need to think about what skills students will need in the changing world of work. While some skills may not be strictly academic in nature, they can be thought of as life skills. Gorbis states that “educational institutions can help prepare students for the new terrain of work by rethinking curriculum and providing experiences and learning opportunities that enable students to develop such skills.”