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Even if robots won’t replace most workers, the world of work will dramatically change. The World Economic Forum organized a discussion forum on how to prepare today’s – and tomorrow's – workforce. This white paper details an agenda for governments and others to shape education, gender and work for the future. getAbstract recommends this dense analysis for its concrete, actionable steps. 


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The World Economic Forum is a global nonprofit foundation that brings together international leaders in politics and business to shape policy.



Technology and globalization are changing the working world. New jobs develop, existing jobs change – requiring workers to keep their skill sets continually up-to-date – or disappear entirely in more rapid succession. Some experts believe that automation will eventually destroy 50% of today’s jobs – although others believe the number to be closer to 9%.  Education and training systems are slow to adjust and don’t prepare kids sufficiently for the working world they will enter. Women continue to be at a disadvantage in the working world; men still fill the majority of positions in high-potential sectors and high-status jobs.&#...

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