It is highly evident that we are experiencing a shift in the modern working and professional landscape. Major industries are being ‘disrupted’ by the year, business ownership and entrepreneurship statistics are rising by the month and systemised office desks are turning into ‘remote offices from anywhere in the world’ by the day.

It seems like only yesterday that the stronghold of the taxi industry was completely overhauled and disrupted by the rideshare economy (made famous by companies such as Uber and Lyft) and at the same time it feels like even that economy itself could be brought down by self-driving cars as soon as tomorrow.

Pizza delivery is brought to us now with the flick of a thumb on our phone, TV shows brought to us on demand with the click of a button and virtual reality ensures we can now visit anywhere in the world from the comfort of our own bedroom. 

Industries everywhere are being redefined, reshaped and reimagined, but is there a particular industry that may feel the pinch more than the others? Perhaps an industry that has been the backbone of our society for, well… as long as we can remember?

Assuming you’ve read the title of this article, you’re likely clued in to what this writer’s prediction in this context is:

With the world moving as fast as it is, one of the industries most significantly impacted will be education.

And to add to that, it can be predicted that some of the greatest names in our history of education, the “Harvard University’s” of the world will soon be a distant memory of a time in which their presence was considered of value.

How can a prediction like this be said with such confidence?

Purely by tracking the trends and feedback of the market. It’s an economic equation more than anything else.

It is now believed that the majority of what is learned in the first year of a university degree is obsolete by the time the third year is completed. The world – and the information within it – is moving at such a rapid pace that even people completing university degrees (designed to help them get jobs) often aren’t equipped to keep up with the industries they are applying for jobs in. 

Employers are becoming dissatisfied with the candidates being sent their way from universities and colleges that are still teaching using textbooks that were outdated 6 months after they were released.

The modern world moves so quickly that employers are more desperate than ever to employ someone that knows ‘how to think’ as a problem solver instead of ‘what to think’ as a test passer or memory repeater.

And so something must change.

The model of education encouraged by the traditional schooling system has been challenged by a quiet few since the day of its conception, but those quiet few have become louder and larger in recent decades. They’ve had an opinion that was unpopular previously, but now market demands and the pure direction of the western working world is confirming their position and their point will be proven accordingly.

A ‘University Education’ is becoming less and less valuable simply because it isn’t solving a problem for the masses like it used to.

And the big names in the education industry are not safe from the disruption that will inevitably happen in this space. The question is whether or not what is contained in their textbooks will be enough to teach them how to keep up with the times.

Darcy J Smyth is the lead trainer and creator of the Tonal Persuasion Method for Sales, the methodology designed to ensure you’re closing sales without the squeamish ‘Hard Sell’ that turns so many buyers away in the modern business landscape. 

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