As AI develops, this is likely to become even more commonplace. What is perceived as a useful area to study may also change. At the moment the emphasis is on STEM, but once machines have reached all corners of the workforce will other subjects be more in demand?
Courses and programmes that promote the development of soft skills are more likely to produce graduates more equipped to successfully enter the world of work.
Research shows that 51% of Gen-Z’ers think that by 2050, a CEO will not need a college degree. 69% believe that soft skills are more likely to earn C- suiters a place at the top instead of hard skills.
A more dynamic workforce
One of the most appealing aspects of alternative education is that it can be enjoyed by a wider variety of people. Some companies are opting for employees with a less traditional educational background because they end up with a more diverse workforce as a result.
They can also pick and choose specialists depending on their company’s needs. More than ever people who may be equally skilled, but not able to have the privilege of attending university, can successfully compete in the job market.
Undeniably, the world is hurtling towards a Fourth Industrial revolution and companies that embrace technological change and empower their employees to do the same are the most likely to succeed.
While universities still play a key role in our education systems, the way we obtain our skills is changing. Will, therefore, education transform like the workplace it’s preparing people for? The skills shortage might be the factor that decides.