New technology like AI will not take jobs, but the way we work will totally change. “To be able to learn and adapt will be more important than what college you went to”, according to Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America. 

The workforce of tomorrow was one of the topics discussed at SACC-USA Executive Forum in Washington D.C. last week. 

“The big challenge will be to handle the skill gap, said Becky Frankiewicz, one of the key speakers at the forum.

New technology will, and has already, totally change the construction of jobs and it will create millions of new jobs. 

“Employers today need to hire people for jobs that do not yet exist, so the most important skill will be learnability and not what education you have or what college you went to”, said Frankiewicz.

A lot of people fear that new technology will take their jobs and that the number of unemployed will increase dramatically, but according to Frankiewicz that will not be the case.

“We are already seeing an increasing demand in almost all sectors. And yes, you need to learn new things, but it is more about upskilling than reskilling and a chance to climb the ladder”, she said.

Bryan Hancock, Global Leader of Talent Work, McKinsey & Company, talked about the need for digital fluency.

Very few jobs demand really deep expertise, what you need is the ability to change with the business.” 

The World Economic Forum has predicted that by 2022 the skills required to perform most jobs will have shifted significantly. And, to keep up, employees will on average need 101 days of retraining and upskilling during the next three years.