Online course in Business & Management

Building Your Career in Tomorrow’s Workplace

Learn about the many factors shaping tomorrow’s working world and create a brighter future by planning your career direction.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
  • Learn Free
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Get prepared to forge a career in the workplace of the future

The workplace of the future offers new challenges and opportunities, shaped by technological change and trends towards globalisation.  

We’ll help you to identify and progress towards clearly defined career goals, whether you’re already employed or looking to start your career.

You’ll review the key global changes impacting the world of work and explore what these changes may mean for future careers. You’ll also discover the implications of new developments like 3D printing, the internet of things, cryptocurrencies and the circular economy.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsHow am I going to stand out from the crowd? Computers are taking our jobs. Everything's changing so quickly.

Skip to 0 minutes and 22 secondsHello. My name is Lisa, and this is my colleague Allison. We're here to talk about the future of work. Now, the future of work offers many challenges and opportunities thanks, for example, to things like artificial intelligence or robotics, mobile phones, social media. These developments will be disruptive to society as a whole and to ourselves as employees or entrepreneurs. The objective of this short course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to build your career in a rapidly changing workplace. We'll showcase a number of projects that are helping to shape the future and show you some practical things that you can do to help shape your portfolio career.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsBeing open to change will help me build my career. I want to make change happen and help shape the future. Keep learning. Keep changing.

What topics will you cover?

  • Lessons from historical “technological revolutions”
  • Implications of the digital economy for the nature and location of work
  • Winners and losers in the digital workplace
  • How social changes are shaping the workplace of tomorrow
  • The changing relationship between our digital and physical workspaces
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities in the digital economy
  • Skills required for success in the digital workplace and how they can be acquired

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 30 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore a variety of contemporary business challenges and understand the skills that will be required for career success in this environment
  • Identify new career, entrepreneurial and social enterprise opportunities that are presented by contemporary business challenges
  • Identify your learning needs and determine how you will address these in order to enhance career opportunities
  • Describe your personal competencies and attributes (skills, abilities, knowledge, career motivations), and the value these offer to a potential employer

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in how the world of work is changing and how this may affect their current or future career. It’s also suitable for anyone who provides career guidance, such as teachers, consultants and counsellors.

Who developed the course?

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.

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