Shaping the future of work in ways that meet the needs of economies and societies is the goal in order to prosper in our everyday life. To meet that goal first we have to understand how the world of work is changing, how companies can compete and prosper and support good jobs and careers, and how to update the policies and practices governing the world of work.

About this course

The goal of the "Shaping the Future of Work" course is to explore and develop plans of action for improving the job and career opportunities for today and tomorrow’s workforce. At this time, there aren’t enough good jobs or educational opportunities in the U.S. or globally to meet the aspirations and needs of all who want and need to work or to deliver on the expectation that every generation should achieve a higher standard of living for themselves and their families than their parent’s generation. This is a fundamental ideal that drives people all over the world.

This business and management course will start by tracing the history of work and employment that has made the economy work so well in the past. It will uncover what’s gone wrong, in order to figure out new solutions that fit today’s workforce, economy, and society. The course will take you on a personal journey. You’ll learn what employers expect in today’s world of work – the skills, flexibility, and knowledge that are crucial for success in the contemporary workplace.

What you'll learn

  • A historical perspective and overview of work and employment policy in the United States and around the world.
  • How the roles of firms, employees, and public policy have changed and created the labor market we see today.
  • The status of the current labor market in more detail: What does it look like? What types of jobs do we have, and what skills are required? What are emerging trends in how firms organize work, and in the role of labor market institutions such as unions?
  • Resources and tools you can use to plan your own career paths in the workplaces of the future – those of the next generation.

Starting date: 28 March, 2016

Duration:  7 weeks

Language: English

Instructors: Thomas Kochan, Gokce Basbug, Meryam Bukari, Shahid Azad, Kanika Almadi, Eileen Rivera

Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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