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Building the Next-Gen Workforce: Does Creativity Matter?

screenshot_168The entire notion of career is shifting and so are the requirements for students entering the workforce. What are the core competencies that future generations need for success? Does creativity matter? How can schools prepare students?

At SxSWedu 2015, I plan to bring together a lively panel of experts to explore these questions and share their diverse perspectives. We’ll discuss key skills needed for success in the future, how job seekers can demonstrate these skills, and the gaps that exist in preparing the next generation.

Sound interesting? Vote for our panel: “The Next-Gen Workforce: Does Creativity Matter?” at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/38912. Submit your vote by Friday, September 5.

Our Panelists:

  • Devin Fidler analyzes impacts of emerging technologies at the Institute for the Future. His publication, Future Work Skills 2020, makes sense of emerging trends and disruptive forces transforming the world of work. He has identified key skills for the future workforce including:
    • Novel and adaptive thinking
    • New media literacy
    • Design mindset
    • Virtual collaboration
  • Omar Garriott, a Senior Product Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, focuses on products for students and universities.
  • Lisa Reckis directs University Talent for Adobe. She and her team hire students from top universities for roles across all technology and business functions at Adobe.
  • Tacy Trowbridge, panel moderator, leads Adobe’s Education Programs to help the next generation of students become creators and not just consumers of digital content.
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Discover Your Element

Picture1Sir Ken Robinson, a leading creativity advocate whom many of you know from his bestselling book “The Element,” and his acclaimed TedTalk video, has joined Adobe in the past by having a voice in our blog. “The Element” inspired readers all over the world to discover what really makes them tick and get the most out of their lives and work. Today, the long-awaited companion and complimentary book, “Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life,” is being released.

To accompany the book’s debut, a new one-hour TV program on American Public Television, “Finding Your Element with Sir Ken Robinson,” will air on public television stations nationwide beginning June 1 (check local listings). The program offers practical advice as well as techniques and resources that we believe will help educators put creative ideas into practice in the classroom. Per Sir Ken, the “element” is the point where natural talents meet personal passions; once you find your element, your life takes on a new character and purpose.

Here at Adobe, we focus on helping educators and students discover their passions by advocating for creativity and creative thinking in the classroom. Finding your “element” plays a key role in unleashing creativity – so we encourage you to watch Sir Ken’s PBS program, think about where your talents and passions meet, how they define your personal brand, and how you can articulate your brand in ways that will inspire your students. That way you can make creativity an everyday element in your classroom.

Join us @adobeedu by tweeting with the #CreateNowEdu hashtag to let us know how you are unlocking creativity in your classroom! You can also participate in the conversation about Sir Ken by following the #SirKenElement hashtag.

Disclosure: Adobe Education Marketing team is a proud sponsor of Sir Ken’s public program on American Public Television.

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