You need to pre­pare for ever-chang­ing world of work

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - COLLEEN COATES

WHILE the back-to-school sea­son marks a re­turn to the com­fort of a reg­u­lar rou­tine in most fam­i­lies, for stu­dents, it is a time of un­tried chal­lenges and un­fa­mil­iar changes. New schools, new teach­ers, new class­mates, new course loads and new ex­pec­ta­tions are just the tip of the ice­berg — the changes are of­ten over­whelm­ing.

Of course, change does not stop upon grad­u­a­tion and our en­trance into the work­ing world; on the con­trary. The work­place is a rapidly chang­ing environment, and both em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers need to pre­pare to man­age the evolv­ing and some­times un­pre­dictable, de­vel­op­ments that come their way.

If it seems as if it’s get­ting in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to keep up with the dizzy­ing rate of change at work, you’re not alone in this per­cep­tion, nor is it sim­ply imag­ined. Four fac­tors caus­ing this ac­cel­er­a­tion are:

1. Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances will con­tinue to af­fect how, when and where busi­ness is con­ducted as well as how we com­mu­ni­cate while car­ry­ing out our work. It has been said that we will not merely ex­pe­ri­ence 100 years of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances this cen­tury — at to­day’s pace, it will be more like 20,000 years of progress.

2. The ac­cu­mu­la­tion of knowl­edge is also mul­ti­ply­ing at a stag­ger­ing rate.

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