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Understanding the Future World of Work

By understanding how and why work is changing, you can prepare yourself and your organisation for the future.

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By understanding how and why work is changing, you can prepare yourself and your organisation for the future.

Today’s workplaces are evolving rapidly. Traditional work patterns are disappearing as platform companies like Uber proliferate and the ‘gig economy’ comes to the forefront. Adapting to these changes calls for more than a mindset shift – it demands a total reset of how we think about work. In this course, you’ll look at the fundamental forces that are driving change and learn how to think strategically over the coming years.

  • Immerse yourself in course content that captures what’s happening in industry right now and where this field is heading in the future.
  • Connect with an industry experienced Online Learning Coach who will guide your understanding of the learning materials.
  • Understand tomorrow’s workplace – particularly employee expectations – and explore how to empower workforces.
  • Consolidate your new skills with a one-on-one mentoring session with your Online Learning Coach at the end of the course.
  • No previous content knowledge required.

To express interest in the next intake, please email the program director.

What will you learn?

  • How the most sought-after skills in the workplace have changed over time.
  • The opportunities that come with diversity, automation and new workforce models.
  • How to match employees’ individual goals with business needs.
  • How to predict future needs and prepare for organisational change.
  • How to assess business models for connectivity, collaboration, agility and innovation.
  • How to assess your organisation’s maturity and readiness for the future.

How will I learn?

Micro units allow you to study when it’s convenient for you. While you’ll need to start and finish the unit at the same time as fellow participants, it’s up to you how and when you complete the content in between. As a general guide, we recommend you allocate 4-6 hours to your micro unit each week.

We’ve recruited industry experts as our dedicated Online Learning Coaches. They’ll guide you through the course and give you industry insights you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll cover case studies and stories from real business situations, and extra content will be available if you want to explore topics in more depth. In your final assessment, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in a professional context that’s relevant to you.

What will I get?

You may want to do a micro unit for general learning without the pressure of assessment. That’s fine – micro units are all about making study work for you.

  • If you complete the course material and pass the final assessment, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion recognising the skills and knowledge you’ve gained.
  • If you complete enough of the course material, but not the final assessment, you’ll still receive a Certificate of Participation.

Expert consultant

Sean Gallagher

Dr Sean Gallagher is Director of Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce, a research institute investigating how digital disruption is being felt in the workplace. In his role, Sean meets countless industry leaders who are reckoning with the future of work.

Sean is a strong believer in the value of people over technological fads. His priorities are making sure tomorrow’s leaders understand the fundamental changes taking place in the workforce, have the digital literacy to take advantage of technological solutions and can adapt to a brave new world of work.

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