Well before the pandemic, a group of educators and economists saw glitches on the pathway from school to career. Workplaces — increasingly collaborative and digital — needed skills, capacities, and mindsets that job candidates weren’t bringing. For too many job seekers, access to the job market was blocked by inequity, discrimination, and licensing barriers, putting meaningful careers out of reach. And jobs themselves were changing, requiring new leadership skills and candidates who could thrive in uncertainty.
And then the pandemic arrived, to upend and reinvent our workplaces right in front of us. Did the pandemic usher us into a future that was already coming? How can we shape that future so that barriers are lowered and opportunity is broad? How should educators and school leaders prepare their students — and what are the skills that will matter most in the workplaces of today and tomorrow?
Join Harvard faculty for a conversation on the future of work, how the pandemic is shaping the future, and how education can respond.
Peter Blair, Assistant Professor of Education, HGSE; Co-Director, The Project on Workforce
David Deming, Professor of Education and Economics, HGSE; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Co-Director, The Project on Workforce
Raffaella Sadun, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
This Education Now episode is presented by the Askwith Forums.
Education Now is an HGSE webinar series that responds to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Each episode is designed to prompt observations and insights that are thought-provoking and actionable.
In addition to Zoom, Education Now webinars are streamed to YouTube, Facebook, and other social platforms, as well as to the HGSE website, at hgse.me/ednow.