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HR Leaders Tell Us:

What will the Class of 2030
look like?
We asked several HR leaders in our region for their
thoughts on the Class of 2030, as we prepare for the
Silver Tsunami and other workforce challenges.
1. What are my predictions for the high school and
college classes of 2030?
2. What will students need to prepare for the
workforce in 2030?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to have the greatest impact on
the workforce. It is already having an impact. STEM qualifications
will be in even more demand. Engineering, cybersecurity, analytics,
etc. Sustainability will no longer be a buzz word but a way of
life creating new positions that currently do not exist. At the same
time, excellent communication skills will be required to support
innovative and creative thinking.
Dr. Beth A. Berret, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,
Associate Professor, Alvernia University
My responses contain certain assumptions. It is assumed we (USA)
will still exist, despite global terrorism, human-caused and natural
disasters, and no permanent setbacks into dark[er] ages.
Certain countries are hostile to change, transparency and
even science. These countries resign their citizens to the wrath of
economic stagnation. The way we (USA) educate future generations
today no longer prepares them adequately for the skills and jobs of
tomorrow. The idea of studying math, technology, science and art
as separate disciplines, and then work to solve real world problems
in 2030 won't suffice. Thus, preparing students for tomorrow's jobs
requires breaking down silos and hierarchies within the education
institutions. Schools must educate to embrace change and set the
stage for what future education will look like. We must rethink
the way talent is developed and deployed, and prepare students for
a lifetime of learning and obtaining the rapid evolution of skills.
Future education must become more flexible to suit the needs of
a 21st century workforce. School boards, unions and government
regulation experts [sic] must be sidelined if they do not adapt.
The majority of the US workforce will freelance by the year
2030. AI, blockchain and robotics will create more jobs, not mass
unemployment, as long as we responsibly guide innovation. Societal
dogmas, politics and myopic special interests will not be tolerated
if they interfere with innovation. Those workers performing tasks
which automation can't yet crack become more pivotal - and this
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means creativity, innovation, imagination and design skills will
be prioritized by employers. Knowledge, communicating and
cognitive skills to manage data for profit and societal benefit will
be required.
There will not be a shortage of jobs in 2030, but rather a
shortage of skills to fill the jobs. It will no longer be a matter
of human versus machine, but rather human and machine
working in tandem to solve the world's problems. We will be
more connected than ever before, and the velocity of data-driven
change will demand different skills than exist now. CRISPR
(Continuous Regularly Interspersed Short Palindromic Repeats)
is a biochemist's way of saying that we can cheaply and reliably
edit genes. Perhaps the single most disruptive change will follow
developments in genetic engineering, as bacteria, algae and other
cells become the factories of tomorrow.
Robert D. Orzechowski, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Operating Officer, Lancaster Cancer Center, Ltd.
Fresh thinking, innovation and the drive to continuously
improve are important skill sets to have in the workplace
today, but they are going to become increasingly important as
technology continues to advance and workplace dynamics evolve.
At Penske we are getting ready for the future today. Associates
who are curious and passionate about moving lives and businesses
forward are highly-valued and sought after and that will remain
in 2030. We look for people who give their best effort every day
and value a fast-paced work environment and I don't see that
changing now or in ten or twenty years.
Being receptive to change and adaptable to new technologies
will serve you well in the workplace of tomorrow.
Collaboration is a key component of any successful business
and that will remain and become more important in the future.
Foundational to Penske from the start has been the concept
of teamwork; we will continue to seek out individuals who
understand the value of bringing together a team with varying
still sets to create the best quality result.
At Penske we believe in constant evolution and that's why we
see many of the core skill sets and qualities that are important in
the workplace today evolving and becoming increasingly essential
to doing business tomorrow.

Jennifer Sockel,
Senior Vice President, Human Resources,
Penske Truck Leasing



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