The start of a new year is a natural point for thinking ahead and planning for the future. Just before 2013 ended, I sat down for an interview with the BBC's Peter Day, continuing a conversation he and I have been having for over 20 years.
Here are the five trends and my take and interpretation...
1. Your future depends upon where you are.
Outsourcing and other changes have greatly reduced the number of entry level jobs in the West. The opposite is true in India and China
Youth unemployment in the West will continue to be a challenge - much higher skill sets will be required of the new entrants into the workforce
2. Online education: Where you are is not a limitation of where you study.
Education is changing rapidly - much faster than traditional institutions are adapting. The self organizing model of the social network is finding ways to meet needs with specific education and learning paths that allow people to "cut and paste" education to meet their needs. As all universities begin to adapt - the best learning will begin to rise and become accessable to you regardless of your location.
3. Quotas for women
There is growing trend of new women CEO's However, in a world where less than 10% of CEOs are women there is a long way to go. One of the top concerns of CEO's is diversity in their organization. Could we see pressure for more progress at the top exec level?
4. The business side of social media
Social media will connect organizations as the workplace not just supporting the workplace.
5. Reconsidering trust
Despite popular belief, there is a generation developing that is adapting relationship skills and "trust" sensors - this will be a skill set that leaves others behind.
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