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Letter from the Editors

How can we help people thrive at work over their lifetimes?

That’s the question behind Harvard Dean of Continuing Education Hunt Lambert’s renowned “60-year-curriculum,” an approach to education that abandons the terminal degree to focus on lifelong learning. It’s key to helping employers, educators, and professionals succeed in the new economy.

As technology reshapes every industry from retail to healthcare, jobs are changing at an astonishing rate. In fact, 65% of schoolchildren today will grow up to work in roles that don’t exist yet. The future of work feels startling close, with AI and machine learning threatening to displace 30% of the world’s workforce or more by 2030. And the fundamental skills today’s workers need to compete are shifting: coding and data literacy, creativity and problem solving, and “learning how to learn” are rapidly taking center stage.

To keep pace with this bold and breathless future, the notion of an “education” is undergoing a rapid transformation. The world’s leading academic institutions are breaking free from traditional confines to focus on the critical issue of our time: how to train working adults with the digital skills to pursue big dreams and power big businesses. It’s a priority that unites them with the 40% of employers facing talent shortages and the millions of professionals looking for a path into the tech economy.

Trilogy Education’s new blog T60 is dedicated to sharing stories of what this transformation in workforce training looks like, from the perspective of the professionals, employers, and universities actively shaping it. From boot camp grads at Georgia Tech breaking gender stereotypes to talent directors at Microsoft rethinking their hiring requirements, these stories live at the intersection of the future of education and the future of work. We hope you’ll join us there.