TODAY'S AMERICAN WORKER
The key to financial security and a fulfilling career is actively taking the steps needed to make sure we and our loved ones are FutureProof. All industries are feeling the impact of technology, globalization, and longevity. The way we work is changing. As upskilling becomes more of a reality—a necessity—we must continue to explore new pathways to preparing ourselves for whatever comes next in the workplace.
In September 2016, WorkingNation released Slope of the Curve on CNN. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Marshall Curry and narrated by Emmy winner Anthony Anderson, the film raised the alarm on the rapid pace of change happening in employment. Now for the first time, we are proud to present our follow-up animated film, FutureProof. The workplace landscape continues changing at an astoundingly rapid pace. Learning new skills and highlighting transferable skills will pave the way for workers to find new opportunities, including in jobs and careers that haven't yet been imagined.
Directed by Sandy Smolan
Narrated By Keke Palmer
Produced by Melissa Panzer
THE CASE FOR UPSKILLING
Post-pandemic the emphasis is going to be on skills as millions of Americans navigate the new workforce. As more industries adjust to keep up with changing technology, workers will need to be ready.
VALUING THE SKILLS LEARNED ON THE JOB
Of the 63 million essential jobs nationally 42 million are filled by STARs, workers who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes. They're generally workers with high school diplomas who've been mastering new skills in the jobs they occupy and through alternatives to higher education. Byron Auguste, the co-founder of Opportunity@Work, joins editor-in-chief Ramona Schindelheim in this Work in Progress podcast.
RABBI DAVID WOLPE
THERE'S DIGNITY IN ALL WORK
"One of the legacies of the pandemic has been to awaken us to the true value of tasks that were thought to be ‘lesser than.’ This transformation in work-valuation was one of the hidden blessings of this difficult time."