Getting ahead of the Future of Work: Focus on the Systems, not the Skills

This article is part of the publication "The Future of Work in the Global South"

What will the future of work look like? If we can understand the ways in which technology, demographic and economic trends will reshape labor markets, we will have a better understanding of what we should be emphasizing
in our educational and training systems to be as well-prepared as possible for tomorrow’s world. Rapid advances in artificial intelligence and robotics have, in particular, created a new momentum to understand exactly how widespread the impacts of technology will be on jobs. Recent reports from the OECD, World Bank, McKinsey, Nesta and others have attempted to ascertain which types of occupations are most at risk of automation, and also which skills and occupations are likely to be most immune to obsolescence.