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Building flexible learners

Considering less specialized, more empowered students.

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I studied Comparative Literature in undergrad. I was a book editor. I went back to school to get my MBA. Many of MBA classmates came to pivot as well, which led me to wonder, why do we need business school to pivot? If it is indeed true that the majority of the workforce will be independent by 2020, what does that tell us about the skills required? The majority of the workforce cannot (and should not!) require a graduate degree. Instead, we need to build more flexible learners who are prepared with a suite of tools they might not expect to need. 

The graphic designer will need accounting and operations skills to run her business. The entrepreneur will need to call on his ability to code or write copy. When we siphon off skills into majors, the education system becomes more rigid and does not serve the future workforce.  Perhaps education needs to be reconsidered in terms of not only what someone wants to do professionally or to study, but rather what tools will serve them best now and into the future.

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Account Manager @ Google --> book editor --> MBA student

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

How can we encourage students to develop a more multifaceted toolkit?


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