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Pioneers of tomorrow

What does all of this mean for learning professionals? I go back to the start by saying they need to welcome all of the possibilities change offers. Don’t believe me? Ten listen to Ben Hammersley, respected futurist and global thought leader in the digital age. He says teachers and leaders must be pioneers of tomorrow, today: “Tese technologies are starting to give us superpowers. Instead of seeing them as threats, we have to treat them as amazing tools to help us get more complex work done. We need to embrace them and use them to give ourselves superpowers. Tis will enable us to go through a business reinvention. If you can do that, then the next 20 years, whatever is going to happen in the next 20 years, will be a great success. If you can’t, you’ve got 20 years. After that, you’ll be irrelevant.”5 And there’s another statistic to

throw into the mix which re-emphasises why a welcoming mindset is the only one that will work: in 2025, an estimated

65% of the workforce will be doing jobs that aren’t even here yet.6 no choice but to embrace change.

Five key characteristics of learning in 2025: `` `` `` `` ``

Intelligent. Integrated (cloud).

Social and collaborative (apps). Personalised (AI).

Immersive (AR/VR/MR/VC).

How to prepare for 2025 By being utilised in fields such as learning, technology is helping us to reinvent the way we do things. And it’s helping us to do things better. As technology becomes more intelligent, we can use it to offer the best possible learning experience. But to grasp this opportunity we need to be prepared to learn, unlearn and relearn. Te first thing to do is to evaluate where you are now. Bersin7


Customers will continue to call the shots – only more so. They expect ready answers to questions

an extremely helpful graphic that illustrates the rapid evolution of L&D, with various stages along the journey map. Take an honest look at it and ask yourself: where are we on the map? It’s important to recognise the cadence of change within your organisation. If you’ve been slow to respond to change in L&D you might have to consider investing and thinking about the future now in order to catch up.

What you can do to kick-start

your journey to 2025 ``

Spend 3-5% of your time thinking about the future. Attend conferences to learn about latest trends and solutions; backcast – design your future and take the steps that will get you there; ask colleagues and

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employees what trends they think are going to help that will impact your learning strategy; assess which parts of your role, and the roles you are training, are likely to be automated.


Consider what the skills requirements will be of particular generations or groupings. Many of these skills won’t be physical hands- on skills. Naomi Stanford outlines a couple of examples: Young people will need to learn responsibility, resourcefulness and resilience as the workplace gets harder to enter; women in the workplace will need help in areas such as perseverance and challenging norms if their potential is to be fulfilled. I’m excited about what the

future holds for learning because I can see it taking shape now. I just hope that learning professionals manage to catch that ride to 2025. It’s leaving around about now.

Kate Pasterfield is head of innova- tion at Sponge UK (www.spongeuk. com) and an award-winning learning technologies designer. You can contact Kate at

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