Breaking the Paradigm of the Three-Stage Life
In the fourth Industrial Revolution, continuing education is a requirement, not an added value
Written by Claire Zulkey. 4-minute read
- The Business of Learning
- Research shows training and developing workforce is a priority for Industry 4.0 companies.
- A mindset of perpetual learning will be necessary for professional long-term success in years to come.
- The fields of anaytics and data science, management and leadership, and healthcare, among others, will demand ongoing upskilling and reskilling.
- Professional students, particularly career switchers, require the ability to network and dialogue, and competitive continuous education programs must find a way to make that possible regardless of the classroom format.
In the past, a four-year college degree was enough to prepare a professional for a thirty-year career. That model is outdated, says Marco Serrato, Associate Provost at the University of Chicago, who works with deans and faculty to expand the range of professional development programs at the University. “Whatever knowledge and skills you are acquiring now, you have to learn other things in the near future just to remain competitive.”