Skills for the Future

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Forbes recently posted two articles on the importance of soft skills for success in the entrepreneurial economy of the 21st century.  The first highlights evidence from employers that suggests that universities are not teaching students the kinds of collaborative attitudes necessary for work in the new economy.  The second emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurship and start-ups to the Japanese workforce: companies started in the last 18 years contributed over a million jobs to the economy, while older companies cut more than three million positions during that same time.  Given that start-ups play a similar role in the American economy, American universities would be well-served to think less about ways that they can contribute to workforce development (which implies that universities are training people for jobs that currently exist) and more about how they can engender entrepreneurial activity that add jobs to the economy.

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