BERKELEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UC Berkeley Extension, the continuing education arm of UC Berkeley, and EDGE in Tech Initiative at UC, are excited to announce their new podcast, “The Future of Work.” Each month, we speak with industry leaders to discuss how work as we know it is changing and how the accelerating pace of change is impacting employees, businesses and academia.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the way we worked and the skills we needed to succeed in our respective fields were changing. Increased reliance on data to inform business decisions. Automation of work functions changing or removing roles. Greater demand for integrating sustainability into daily processes. Permeable borders and a global workforce.
And then COVID-19 shut down the world. Racism and inequality have come to dominate every conversation. The supply chain has become a table conversation. Companies have publicly tackled DE&I and social justice issues. Overnight, many companies had a remote workforce. Fundamentally, the way we work today is radically different than just a few years ago. What AI and automation trends, skills, technologies and equity issues will we face in the coming years? Each month, we speak with industry leaders in their fields to discuss the changing face of the workforce and the skills needed to stay competitive.
Adaptability and diversity are at the forefront of conversations, not just within the C-Suite, but across businesses and on an individual level. Facilitator Jill Finlayson, director of the EDGE in Tech initiative at UC, says, “The skills needed to stay relevant in the job market are changing at a rapid pace. Skills that were once “nice to have” are now essential, and the ability to improve is essential. Continuous learning is becoming the new norm. And access to jobs and job skills is the number one equity issue for our generation and one of the most important levers for closing the wealth gap and promoting equal opportunity. I’m thrilled to partner with UC Berkeley Extension to shine a light on the challenges facing our workforce and what each of us can do to future-proof our own careers.
“The Future of Work” got off to a good start with its early episodes delving into women leaders, the rapid rise of biotech jobs, and the idea of learning by “unlearning.” In its first few months alone, the podcast sees a growing number of subscribers and listens. The future of work is a hot topic for anyone looking to gain a competitive edge, stay relevant, and prepare for entry into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Future episodes will focus on data democracy, merging essential (soft) and hard skills and humanizing remote work, among other work-related issues.
To listen to the show’s most recent episode, check out “The Future of Work” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Amazon Music or our dedicated blog page.
About the UC Berkeley Extension
Founded in 1891, UC Berkeley Extension is the continuing education arm of the University of California, Berkeley. Extension offers more than 2,000 courses each year, including online courses, as well as more than 70 professional certificates, as well as many specialized study programs. Most classes are held in the evenings and weekends to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults. Free and low-cost public events are also frequently held as part of the Local Community Outreach service.
The University of California, Berkeley is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The UC Berkeley Extension, like all other schools, colleges, and departments at UC Berkeley, is accredited by WASC through the university. Visit https://extension.berkeley.edu to learn more.
About the EDGE in Tech initiative at UC
We envision a world in which women and BIPOC in technical fields are proportionately represented and fairly compensated in the professional ranks of industry, academia and the public sector. We aim to increase the participation, perseverance and advancement of women and BIPOC in technical fields to achieve this vision. Visit https://edge.berkeley.edu/ to learn more.