It's not enough to adopt 21st-century skills. We need a 21st-century mindset.
Rich Gates, Chief Product Officer — Kuder, Inc.
The fourth industrial revolution, still only in its early stages, presents myriad opportunities and challenges to the future of education and training that supports career development. New technologies emerging from the revolution will enable us to reform, reshape, and re-imagine core relationships among humans, work, and work environments.
The rapid pace of change will require not only adoption of 21st century skills but also a 21st century mindset. As Klaus Schwab identifies1, this mindset is informed by four key principles:
- systems, not technologies;
- empowering, not determining;
- by design, not by default; and,
- values as a feature, not a bug.
The Kuder Career Planning System® provides critical support to the framework of this mindset.
Valuing human decision-making and agency, designing systems that harness new technologies to give people more choice, opportunities, freedom, and control over their careers in a moving world begins with understanding one’s self in the context of one’s own interests and work values and the relationship of those interests and values to an array of work environments that are being associated to industries in new and changing ways.
That self-awareness empowers career wellness, enables mindful decision-making, and supports human-centered design being a key ingredient for every individual who seeks to innovate and imagine a career for the future.
1 Klaus Schwab, Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (New York: Currency, 2018), 15-16.