Posted on 09/12/2014 at 10:31 AM by Liz Determan

I hadn’t visited Youtube for a while to see if there were any new postings on “Did You Know?” or “Shift Happens”, so today I did.  I have to say that it was somewhat alarming as I looked through the number of postings from companies specifically designed to find workers for employers all around the world.  What they had to share was truly enlightening in the face of determining at what career ready looks like.  Here are just a few of the things I learned:

•    We continue to define “office” as a space people will go to work, when for the rest of the world “office” is a verb.  It is about employers seeking the availability and access of knowledge over the availability of a single person to employ.
•    The four terms being used to describe the nature of work and productivity of employees is changing:
o    Transparent = production is measured and tracked so there is no down time.  Each employee’s work can be measured and tied to the bottom line.  This has revolutionized productivity measurement.
o    Flat = No building or office spaces to maintain.  Project teams use amazing web tools to work together from anywhere in the world for free.  Work is all about communication. It is not place-bound.  Meetings are virtual and work is done in teams.  In 2006, more than 28 million Americans worked on a virtual team at least one day per month. In 2010, that number grew to over 100 million.
o    On Demand = No one is going to guarantee you a lifetime career.  You must standout. Many companies will work with contract workers rather than hire an employee.  The term “career” is really outdated already. Businesses will bring together project teams, much like a movie production team; independent individuals with unique talents get together to work on a company’s project.  Once done, the team dissolves and moves on to the next contract.
o    Competitive = is not just against other individual workers and is no longer limited to where you live.  No one is going to pay you just for having a degree.  There is no longer an excuse not to know how.  It is commonplace for companies and organizations to hire vendors and contractors from across the world who work on one project and then disband once the project is completed. Your earning potential will be based on merit, not location.

A new term called “Crowdsource” has been developed. Crowdsource is where companies split a task(s) into smaller pieces and unleash it to millions of people around the world. Wikipedia’s 13 million articles are all written and maintained by a crowd. A company called Threadless finds t-shirt designs to sell from submission and voting by the crowd.

•    One in four organizations are planning to increase their spending on outsourcing by 25% or more this year. In interviews with more than 500 executives, the key benefit isn’t saving money, it’s innovation.

Are our students ready to meet these challenges and new work environments?
    
All information provided is from:  The Future of Work found at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JNzAmWG2Fs

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