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Three questions well worth considering:
- Is the world of work really and truly changing?
- If so, what kind of education and skills are required of workers to succeed in this new world?
- Is there a need to alter our education systems in order to “build better students” and ensure that workers have the necessary education and skills?
First of all, technology has most certainly changed the way we work. The speed of computing, data analysis, and decision-making has greatly increased. Communication happens nearly instantaneously, and telecommuting is becoming more common as we are able to work collaboratively online. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has estimated that more than 95%, 85%, and 65% of jobs in large, medium, and small businesses, respectively, in OECD countries now involve the internet. Another key driver of change is automation, as computing and robots are now able to take the place of humans in completing several types of tasks.