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The workforce as we know it is changing. Here s how employees can shift their mindset and succeed.

Summary List PlacementOur grandparents had the same jobs for their entire lives. Our parents switched roles once or twice a decade. Today, thanks to technology, our jobs are set to change far more quickly. As the pace of business and AI/digital transformation accelerates, workers will need the right mindset and learning opportunities to keep up, say experts. Automation is altering almost every industry and changing the way we work, according to Jaime Perkins, director of learning strategy and certification at Autodesk. Digital processes are driving significant change at every level of the labor market, he adds. In the construction industry, for example, contractors who would once have used paper to keep track of team schedules now use Autodesk Construction Cloud to gather progress reports in real-time, enabling them to keep projects on track as conditions change. As automation continues, both the tools that people use and the tasks they perform with them will change. To keep professionals viable and fulfilled with career opportunities, we must change how we think about learning, says Michelle R. Weise, Ph.D. She is the author of Long-Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don t Even Exist Yet, and a senior advisor at philanthropic investment firm Imaginable Futures. To support that adaptability, we must evolve beyond traditional learning models to an education system that is more agile and flexible to the working professional s busy schedule, Weise says. The old model, in which we studied for four years and then rarely entered a classroom again will be a thing of the past. Now is the time to rethink education. It s no longer a one and done proposition, she says. Instead, continuous learning will become a way of life. Tools, skills, and mindsets Autodesk has created a multi-layered model called Tools, Skills, and Mindsets (TSM) in response to this trend. The tools in this approach are those that workers use every day, and the software company has a strategy to turn them into teaching devices that will help them learn new skills while staying productive in the workplace. We are merging the learning space and the doing space, Perkins says. We are creating a new era of hybrid education. He gives the company s Fusion 360 Command Map as an example. It takes users own design data and feeds it back to them as a visualization, he says, adding that this helps workers to see areas for potential improvement and plot them on a learning path, using aggregated data from other tools as a benchmark. The data that gets created by the tool becomes part of the story of your development, he adds. Autodesk s education-centric tools create data for the next layer in its strategy: skills. Workers must develop tactical skills that are more generalized and transferable, such as critical thinking and creativity, according to Perkins. Employers can foster these through course-based activities, guided by data-driven feedback from the workers software tools in the form of skill trees. We are developing taxonomies that describe skills and competencies across certain job roles, he says. This helps employees understand the skills they need to achieve the next level of competency. At the top of Autodesk s integrated education strategy are mindsets. These are bedrock qualities that change less often and define how people approach new challenges. These properties, which Perkins calls habits of mind, include things like curiosity, persistence, and a willingness to work with others. They re the foundational qualities that enable you to adapt your underlying skill sets, he says, adding that one of these is a commitment to lifelong learning. The challenge is facilitating that learning process in a world used to the traditional one-and-done model of education. All of us need to adopt a continuous learning model to sustain us throughout our career, Perkins explains. Professionals shouldn t have to drop out of the workforce and go back to school to stay competitive. A new era of micro-certifications In response to this challenge, Autodesk recently announced a new certification program to help workers turn their micro-learning sessions into certifications. Built upon the TSM concept, the Autodesk Certification program was developed with more than 130 academic partners to deliver high-velocity, personalized learning structures mapped to business outcomes. Perkins describes it as a learning continuum, accessible to students from K-12 level through to professionals. The company is working with the Department of Labor to ensure the certificates qualify for federal funding programs. So, what s in this for employers? They will be able to coach new graduate hires with precision, making them productive more quickly in corporate environments. TSM will also foster new levels of data-driven succession planning by giving employers detailed insights into each employee s skills and how they relate to industry-specific roles. Technology has disrupted every corner of the economy. As we prepare for a new world driven by automation, education is next. The tools that will help us integrate work and study are evolving rapidly. To use them effectively, we must approach the future with a whole new state of mind. Discover how Autodesk is helping foster an environment of continuous learning. This post was created by Insider Studios with Autodesk.Join the conversation about this story


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