Preparing People for the Future of Work

  • The impact of AI is misunderstood — AI will primarily automate tasks, not eliminate entire jobs
  • Given this, there will be enormous corporate demand for upskilling, not reskilling
  • Employers are the new educators — they need to help people develop skills for the jobs of the future
  • Employers will struggle to do this with current options — universities are out-of-touch, learning libraries (Udemy, LinkedIn Learning) are not engaging, Learning & Development (L&D) departments are under resourced
  • Strive is building a platform for Upskilling-as-a-Service to help employers prepare employees for the jobs of the future

History Rhymes — The Rise of ATMs and Impact on Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics (via AEI)

The Impact of AI on The Future of Work

Data from The Brookings Institute
Data from World Economic Forum

How will companies upskill-at-scale?

1 | Partner with Universities

  1. University curriculum is outdated — University faculty are incentivized to research, not teach, and thus universities systematically underinvest in developing new curriculum to better prepare students for life post-school. For example, the wave of software engineering bootcamps happened almost entirely outside of the traditional university structure (General Assembly, Devbootcamp, Flatiron, Lambda, Holberton, Galvanize, HackReactor etc all have no university affiliation). When universities are involved, it has been to provide a brand for white-label bootcamp provider Trilogy.
  2. Universities struggle to reach and teach working learners — Most research universities are built for on campus learners. Students are expected to visit physical classrooms and dedicate days to problem sets or weeks for final exams and papers. Non-research universities (community colleges, for-profit colleges) struggle with low graduation rates (<40% of CC students graduate within six years) and do not have trusted relationships with Fortune 500+ companies.
  3. Employee trust in universities is low — American trust in universities is down significantly (and feedback is split along partisan lines).
  4. Employer trust in universities is low — While 92% of Chief Academic Officers believe that universities prepare students for the workplace, only ~60% of employers agree. Employers think that universities are increasingly out of touch with the needs of the workplace.

2 | Leverage “Learning Libraries”

Data from Inside Higher Ed, Might Could, and the Udacity Blog

3 | Use Internal L&D Departments

  1. Understanding of what skills will be valued in an organization in the future
  2. Understanding of the existing employee population’s skills and abilities
  3. Capability to train existing employees on the new skills

Strive — Upskilling-as-a-Service




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