Cultivating Digital Literacy
How can colleges and universities teach essential skills for success in the age of automation and digital transformation?
Technology is changing everything, but the rapid pace of change may be reshaping the future of work more than anything else. As technological disruptions continue to eliminate jobs across industries, the jobs that are surviving and thriving have a key characteristic in common – they can’t be easily automated.
As the World Economic Forum reports:
“Over the past 50 years, the U.S. economy…has witnessed a steady decline in jobs that involve routine manual and cognitive skills, while experiencing a corresponding increase in jobs that require non-routine analytical and interpersonal skills.”
Current research shows that, in order to get hired and succeed in jobs that are less likely to be impacted by automation, graduates need a particular set of soft skills – creativity, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaboration.