Ep. 6: Upskilling in the New Economy

In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about the importance of upskilling for success in today’s job market. As technology advances, more workers are required to learn new skills which is why a growth mindset is critical for students today. Lifelong learning is the key, not only for keeping a job but also for discovering meaning and fulfillment. Join Ziz and Pam in their discussion about what it means to be educated–and employed–in the 21st century.

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Pam: “We are in the greatest transformation in human civilization, according to the World Economic Forum. We are moving faster and changing dramatically…our school systems are like gas-guzzling cars. We have nostalgia. We want to save them in their framework. We have not allowed them to evolve. Why? Because they’re compulsory…We are still trying to keep the gas-guzzling car in an age when we’re moving not only to electric cars but to self-driving cars. And technology is changing every industry and every aspect of our lives.”

Pam: “Rather than say, ‘My job’s going to be gone,’ it’s ‘How do I meet this moment?'”

Pam’s R.E.A.D. Framework — free PDF

Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang — Classroom Without Walls

Carol Dweck – Growth Mindset TED Talk

Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn

Ziz: “I think you meet someone for the first time, you get a first impression. If it’s a lasting impression, then you’re not asking enough questions.”

How to Ikigai by Tim Tamashiro | TEDxYYC Earn your yellow belt! Ikigai is action. It is a verb like: to serve, create, delight, nourish, provide, teach, heal, connect & build.

Isaac MoorehousePraxisCrash

Peter Gray: “Play is nature’s way of teaching children how to solve their own problems, control their impulses, modulate their emotions, see from others’ perspectives, negotiate differences and get along with others as equals. There is no substitute for play as a means of learning these skills.” Free To Learn

“Viktor Frankl says, ‘Values cannot be taught. They must be learned.’ We think we can teach citizenship. Citizenship is learned. Again, we have to get this experiential component into our children’s lives, which we as parents have control over.” Pam Roy

Viktor Frankl: “The highest, the ultimate goal is self-transcendence. It’s taking who you are and putting it out to make a better world. So you discover your authentic self and then you move into the world to better humanity. That is the ultimate goal.”

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