Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stranded Assets Not an Option; We Must Future-Proof Employment

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stranded Assets Not an Option; We Must Future-Proof Employment

Article excerpt

THE technological revolution is speeding up.

By 2030, the consequences of this disruption will make the world we live in and the jobs we perform almost unrecognisable.

Look beyond the driverless automobile and consider the impact of a billion working drones.

Preparation is required to skill, reskill and upskill Australians to meet the opportunities and challenges the revolution will deliver.

Time is of the essence. Individuals, businesses and governments need to proactively understand what is required to be employed in 2030. The future is knocking.

What we don't want is to lose productive members of society because they inadvertently become "stranded" between the skills required for today and those required for the future. In economic terms, stranded assets are those that have become obsolete or non-performing.

Coal mines may be considered a stranded asset as the world phases out fossil fuels. Stranded people can't be a term that we consider.

Education is not the whole answer but it is certainly an important component in helping Australians to future-proof their employment.

Education is no longer only the dominion of the young. Instead, it requires every generation to take personal responsibility to ensure they have the skills necessary to maintain employment.

Governments, businesses and institutions must work together to provide those educational opportunities.

People's lives are created by what they pay attention to and learning must become one of life's fundamentals that they pay attention to: just like food and water.

In Australia, there is a growing awareness that life- long education is important.

It is one of those buzz phrases that rolls easily off the tongue.

For many busy employed Australians, however, their ongoing education is not a focus of their attention. …

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