At the end of 2020, many people are unemployed. And even those who are not are facing a period of unprecedented uncertainty.

It is likely that all of this means that many workers are looking for education to acquire new skills or degrees, to change careers, or to advance their careers. And our guest today believes that this means colleges and employers need to rethink the workplace-classroom relationship.

That guest is Michelle Weise, who is currently a Senior Advisor at Imaginable Futures, a philanthropic investment firm. Wise is someone who has changed his career as a college professor from the very beginning. She’s out with a new book called Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs That Don’t Even Exist. She started writing the book before the pandemic, in response to the rapid changes in the job market that were already happening due to technological changes such as artificial intelligence and automation. But now she believes the COVID-19 virus and all the disruptions it has caused could accelerate the trends she has already seen.

In short, she believes we need to turn our thinking away from this idea that when people are young they go through a long period of training and then become workers and no longer need to study. She says in order to keep up with employment trends, people need to find a way to combine work and study throughout their lives.

Hear the interview on this week’s EdSurge Podcast. Find it in Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or anywhere you listen to podcasts, or use the player on this page.


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