New Year’s Day is a good time to reflect on what we need to learn in order to be successful and relevant in the years ahead.
We enter 2019 amid profound uncertainties: the world order is changing, global economics is changing, our domestic politics is changing and a lot of this is being driven by profound changes in technology. We have to find jobs, plan careers and prepare our children at a time the very definitions of the words jobs, careers and yes, even “our children” are up for review.
So what knowledge must we be equipped with to thrive in the coming years and decades? Asked this question, a couple of years ago Bill Gates told LinkedIn’s Daniel Roth: “I do think of basic knowledge of the sciences, math skills, economics — a lot of careers in the future will be very demanding on those things…to the degree you like science, engineering and economics, pick as much of that as you have an appetite for because those are the agents of change for all institutions.”