Future Workforce Vision

In The New Workforce (2004), author Harriet Hankin creates a vision statement for the workforce of the future, the workforce that our schools must be preparing today.

In the year 2015, the workforce will:

  • Live long, healthy, and productive lives and seek meaningful work at age 20, 40, 60, 80 and maybe even 100.
  • Include as many as five generations working side by side.
  • Be not only highly diverse, but also highly blended.
  • Have strong relationships outside of work that may or may not reflect the traditional nuclear family.
  • Place high priority on integrity and responsibility, requiring a balance of work/life, a work environment of trust and respect, and flexible means to achieve growth-oriented career goals.

This vision, only eight years from fruition, does not seem unrealistic. It says to me that . . .

  • if longevity is going to become a greater factor in our society and workforce, then so should be our curricular focus on healthful living and science.
  • if multi-generations and diversity are going to become greater factors in our society and workforce, then so should be our curricular emphasis on history, cultures, second languages and the life skills of understanding and tolerance.
  • if various household types are going to become greater factors in our society and workforce, then so should be our curricular stance on economics, civics, and the life skills of understanding and tolerance.
  • if trust, respect and ethics are going to become greater factors in our society and workforce, then so should be our curricular position on the “higher calling.”

No small task, this preparing students for the future. It really seems to be about educating the whole student.

It will also involve a significant and sustained conversation with all educators, admin, and support staff. In schools and school systems, can we assure that educating the whole student occurs without one common conversation in which all difference makers participate?

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2 Responses to Future Workforce Vision

  1. Deb Bixler says:

    I did not read The New Workforce (2004). I can see the workforce of the future being entrepreneurs. The era of corporate America is on the decline. There will always be corporations in society, yet the industry that will see the largest growth in the future will be that of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship will allow the workforce to achieve the points made by Harriet Hankin’s vision . The flexibility of entrepreneurship and more specifically network marketing will bring generations together and provide an environment more conducive to self-caring. Network marketing has always fostered relationships both in the working world and the social settings of the participants. It brings a balance into family life that is not possible in a “real” Job. Paul Zane Pilzner, acclaimed economist, says that network marketing is the industry of the 21st century.

  2. jpoletti says:

    Totally with you on that comment, Deb. I believe creativity…the mother of invention for entrepreneurs…is the one item that pulls all this together.

    To that end, I would encourage a greater emphasis on the arts for all students.

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