Professional profile

What will companies require from the professionals of the future and how can educational institutions facilitate and support these changes?

Numerous studies and reports have noted that a large percentage of the professions of the not-too-distant future have yet to be invented. If this is true, the companies and organisations of tomorrow will hire candidates whose profiles are very different from those currently being produced by universities and other higher education institutions.

In this block, we will embark on a process of reflection and debate that will allow us to define – to the extent possible – the high-demand professional profiles of the future. Even more importantly, we will suggest changes that many higher education programmes should implement in order to adapt to the new professional realities.

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Shaping the professionals of the future

Future challenges in this area:

Identify the main transformations that companies will undergo in the next 10 years.
Describe the employment model and jobs of the future.
Predict the consequences that these changes will have for people’s everyday routines and life purposes.
Identify the educational changes that should be implemented to respond to the described new future context.

Key questions to answer:

What are the main changes that companies will have to make in future? What will be the main driver of companies’ transformation: digitisation, innovation, or respect for the environment? What kinds of companies will survive the changes and which ones will disappear?
Will the employment models of the future require workers to constantly reinvent themselves? Will it be possible to work from anywhere in the word, or will location remain equally important? What impact will artificial intelligence have on the working models of the future? What will the new jobs of the future be? What will their main features be? Creativity? The ability to work in internationally diverse environments? The capacity for teamwork? Knowing how to make decisions in environments of constant uncertainty? Mastery of the latest digital tools?
In future, will we change jobs much more often than today? Will there be no jobs, but rather projects to be solved? How will we balance work, leisure, family and education? What life purposes will determine the choice of one job over another? Salary? Flexibility? Professional progress? Social impact? Prestige? Family?
What skills will higher education need to reinforce to respond to the demand for new professional profiles? What changes should be implemented in the higher education sector given the described new future environment? Will the need for training be permanent rather than limited to a specific stage of life?

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