Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for Getting Smart, Cate Swinburn discusses the growth of automation, how artificial intelligence is changing the job market, and how we can prepare today's youth for tomorrow's world of work.

· How are schools introducing technology and AI into the classroom? How are students building soft skills and broadening their abilities to communicate efficiently? 

· Here's more on preparing youths for the future workforce.

In my lifetime, the United States has experienced the largest shift in its economy since the Industrial Revolution: our workforce transformed from one dominated by manufacturing, discrete skill requirements, and an expectation of a long tenure with one company, to one that is constantly evolving, expects transferable skills, and anticipates job changes.  For students going through high school today, these shifts will likely be even more stark. The growth of automation and artificial intelligence will continue to reorient our economy as millions navigate the job market.

There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful: there are foundational skills and experiences that prepare our young people to enter and excel in this new landscape. As the nature of work transforms, there are abundant opportunities for the next generation to achieve economic prosperity. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, these “good jobs” largely require more than a high school diploma  – including certificates, credentials, associate’s, bachelor’s, and other professional degrees. These are the jobs that can ensure that an individual can thrive and prosper. Knowing this opportunity, it is up to all of us to prepare our young people to take advantage of them.

Read the full article about preparing youths for the future of work by Cate Swinburn at Getting Smart.