We don’t know what the future of work will look like when today’s students graduate, but one thing is for sure—adaptability and flexibility, including flexible classrooms, will be critical skills in order to respond to constant change with confidence.
Education now reflects the importance of developing transferrable skills, such as creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration, to prepare for the future of work in a global economy. The learning emphasis for students has shifted from memorizing content to learning how to learn—as that will be the most highly prized skill in coming decades.
In the Future of Jobs, the World Economic Forum (WEF) reports that the primary driver of change in global business is the evolution of flexible working environments. Most companies now use teams of employees to accomplish work tasks. Collaborative work is flexible by nature, and new working environments are enabled by:
• Ubiquitous high-speed mobile internet
• Artificial intelligence
• Widespread adoption of big data analytics
• Cloud technology