Future of work

Future of work

The nature of work is changing as new models such as gig and informal economies emerge, and there is a shift to a more data driven, digitally collaborative, global society. Many of today’s jobs did not exist 10 years ago, and we do not know for certain what the workforce will look like 10 years from now.

We do know there will continue to be high demand for nurses, engineers, architects and planners, and we also know the technology we use, our job expectations, and how we work together will be drastically different.

Connections + context

We ensure graduates are able to work across industries and provide an interdisciplinary perspective to complex challenges (13). We enable our staff and faculty to adjust to the dynamic nature of the future of work, and prepare for it by defining new areas of research and innovation. We have set our sights on developing and adapting our own internal agile and streamlined workflows to build an outstanding work-life culture (5).

Since the future will bring unknown shifts in work, we are equipping students with technical, creative, design-thinking, digital collaboration (3) and intercultural skills to succeed in rapidly evolving social and economic environments. We provide them with outstanding experiential learning (6) opportunities to hone their professional and social skills, and inspire entrepreneurial thinking (11) so they have the leadership skills, confidence and resilience to succeed.

“Design thinking should become a core competency so our graduates have the ability to pivot, change disciplines and explore other careers which value this approach.”

Faculty Member, School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture

As automation continues to increase, students will need to demonstrate inclusive respectful leadership (9) abilities such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence. Within Canada, 2.4 million jobs will be created over the next four years that require this new mix of skills.

We are helping students and faculty keep up with the rapidly changing work environment through lifelong value (4), offering continued professional development, learning, mentorship, professional networks and a sense of community.

Inclusive leadership and respectful engagement