Closing the skills gap requires business and academia collaboration

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The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. The ability to engage with employees and customers is increasingly becoming a strategic business solution that leaders must understand, embrace, and prepare to implement. I recently joined Emma Chandra, news presenter and senior producer at Bloomberg TV, at a Bloomberg Next conference to discuss the impact of emerging technologies -- artificial intelligence, internet of things, cloud computing, mobile, social networking, blockchain, mixed reality (AR/VR), 3D printing -- on future of work in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. To better understand tomorrow's talent, Bloomberg Next, in collaboration with Workday, surveyed 200 corporate and education leaders to understand the strategies of leaders in terms of ensuring new recruits and existing talent have the right skills necessary to support the near-term company growth. Here are five key takeaways of the B uilding Tomorrow's Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap Bloomberg Next survey: A majority of respondents said new hires are not well-prepared to perform at a high level in a professional environment, primarily because of insufficient soft skills.

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