An Institution Prepares Students for Jobs which Won’t Be Automatized

Mikel Amigot | IBL News (Boston)

Job automation has already started. Stats indicate that 10% of American jobs will be automated in 2019. An upsetting forecast indicates that up to 73 million U.S. jobs will be automated by 2030.

But there is hope. First: nearly 2 million new non-routine jobs which machines cannot easily perform are being created every year in the United States. Second: an increasing number of colleges and universities understand the challenge and are starting to prepare students who demand jobs which won’t be automated.

Foundry College is one of them. Its Founder, Dr. Stephen Kosslyn, addressed the issue yesterday during the Eduventures Summit in Boston with a physician example. “Diagnosis of illness will soon be accomplished well by machines. But sitting with the family to discuss treatment options will be difficult to automate.”

At least two skills are automation resistant: “Recognizing and responding to emotion when communicating and making decisions. And taking context into account when analyzing situations, creatively solving problems, and prioritizing goals,” Stephen Kosslyn said.

Foundry College, which is focused on what’s difficult to automate, has listed five key underpinnings:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative problem solving
  • Clear communication
  • Constructive personal interactions
  • Good judgment

To pair these essential skills, this institution has reimagined a future-proof, two-year curriculum. On the first year, Foundry teaches:

  • Critical Analyses
  • Practical Problem Solving
  • Clear Communication
  • Learning at Work
  • Working with Others
  • Managing Yourself at Work

On the second year:

  • Communicating and Conveying in Business
  • Navigating Work
  • Thinking with Software
  • Customer Service and Sales
  • Health Care Management
  • System and Service Management