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Reader Poll: The Future of Work

By Terrance Malkinson

BusinessWeek's 20-27 August issue (#4047, www.businessweek.com) took an in-depth look at the future of work. The magazine’s cover, which reads “How We Will Master Technology, Manage Companies, and Build Careers in the Era of the Global, 24-7 Workforce,” spells out the scope of the twenty-two articles spanning 53 pages. The information provided is of the highest quality and is essential reading for everyone — students, job seekers, and even those who might think that they have a permanent job.

The nature of work has changed considerably and change will continue. Even if you feel that you are in a secure career position today, there is no guarantee that you will be in the same secure position tomorrow. Substantial uncontrollable forces, some of which originate in distant regions of the world, will affect your career. Unthought-of new knowledge and technologies can eliminate any job, career, or industry instantly. In today’s world, it is important to seek out information from a variety of sources, analyze that information, synthesize it, and then use your judgment to make good decisions about your career.

BusinessWeek and other publications like it are excellent sources of current and archived information of value to you when managing your career; increasing your awareness of news events, business trends and practices, and a host of other topics of importance to everyone.

BusinessWeek "Future of Work" articles are organized into five categories:

  1. The Poll — Results from a poll of 2,000 U.S. executives and managers suggests positive changes in the future and give us reason to be optimistic about the future of work.

  2. Which Way to the Future? — A discussion of how technology and globalization are dramatically influencing the workplace and how we do our jobs.

  3. Managing the New Workforce — Article titles include: "A Guide for Multinationals"; "India's Talent Gets Loads of TLC"; "The Shanghai Scramble"; "The Five Faces Of The 21st Century Chief"; "Cog Or Co-worker? No-Cubicle Culture"; "The Shape Of Perks To Come"; and "The Empire Strikes At Silos."

  4. The Changing Talent Game — Article titles include: "How To Keep Your Job Onshore; Creating Brand You; Make 'Em Take Notice"; "The Heavy Duty Of The Factory Man"; "The Always-On Trader"; and "Will Travel For A Job."

  5. Technology on the March — Article titles include: "The End Of Work As You Know It"; "How To Heal A Sick Office"; "Boosting Our Gray Matter"; "Fatigue Fighters"; "Home Is Where The Airport Is"; and "Brave New Rat Race."

The online version of the print issue contains a number of bonus feature articles.

 Tell Us What You Think... All Responses Will Be Kept Confidential

1. Will your current job exist in ten years?

Yes No Not Sure

2. What do you think are the best career opportunities for success in the future?
3. What advice are you providing your students? Your children? Your new
       employees? Your long-term employees?
4. Do you anticipate moving within the United
       States or to perhaps to another country in
       pursuit of job opportunities?
Yes No Not Sure
5. Do you think that our educational system and career counselors are advising
      our students well? What counseling changes might be made?
6. How should you craft your resume to be congruent with future opportunities?
7. What is the best educational preparation for the future of work?
      Generalist  Specialist  Graduate Degree  Other (specify below)


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Terrance Malkinson is a communications specialist, business analyst and futurist. He is an elected Senator of the University of Calgary, a Governor of the Engineering Management Society, international correspondent for IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Online, editor-in-chief of IEEE-USA Today's Engineer Digest, editor of IEEE Engineering Management, and associate editor for IEEE Canadian Review. He the author of over 300 publications and is also an accomplished triathlete. The author is grateful to the Haskayne School of Business Library at the University of Calgary. Comments may be submitted to todaysengineer@ieee.org. Opinions expressed are the author's.

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