Aligning jobs and skills in the age of tech disruption

The new workforce: Aligning jobs and skills in the age of tech disruption

PK Agarwal is the regional dean and CEO, Northeastern University-Silicon Valley and Former CTO of California under Gov. Schwarzenegger. How to join the network There is a rising tide of concern in the U.S. This concern has always been front and center in Silicon Valley. It centers around the shortage of skilled IT workers and the threats modern technology poses to today’s blue-collar workers and those without a STEM degree. Policies abound about this issue. The White House wants every child in the United States to learn computer science. President Obama’s TechHire initiative, launched in early 2015, is centered on $4 billion in funding for state-level programs. Another $100 million is allocated for districts to train teachers and purchase tools so elementary, middle and high schools can provide computer science opportunities to all students. San Jose’s own talented mayor is chasing down a sizeable chunk of this money for residents and schools within the capital of Silicon Valley to not only make sure we stay on the path of technological innovation, but also ensure that it is inclusive of women and minorities. The most recent World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs report practically shouted the need for these long-overdue initiatives with its sobering predictions that robotics and AI will affect all of us over the next five years. Currently, 5 million people in the U.S. operate vehicles for a living. What will happen to these jobs when autonomous vehicles become part of our daily reality in the next 5-10 years? Also consider the sharply reduced need for related jobs in auto sales and repair, parking lots and insurance. Driverless cars will (hopefully) usher in many positive changes (fewer accidents, improved traffic flow and energy efficiencies), but the gaps between the skills required for professional driving and the skills required […]