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Understanding the Future World of Work

Ended Sep 14, 2019

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Full course description

This course will highlight the changing patterns of the modern workforce, and what leaders can do to improve workforce engagement and productivity at a time when the nature of work is shifting and changing at a rapid pace.

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    Start Date:

    05 August, 2019

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    6 weeks

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    4-6 hours p/w

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  • Work with an industry-expert facilitator to assess the elements that define the workplace of the future, in particular employee expectations, and what strategies organisations can employ to empower workforces while minimising corporate risks.
  • Study contemporary and industry-relevant course content specially curated for professionals.
  • Engage in a 1:1 mentoring session with your expert facilitator at the end of the course.

Organisations globally are confronting unprecedented changes at work: the rise of “platform companies” and the “gig economy” are blurring the once-stable boundaries of the firm, and automation is placing a premium on creativity and collaboration. In an environment of workplace transition, effective leadership is called for, and there is an opportunity for highly capable leaders to steer organisations in positive new directions by asking the right questions.

What will I learn?

  • Understand the evolution of in-demand skills in the modern workplace.
  • Capitalise on the new opportunities that diverse workforces offer, such as those presented by automation, platforms and crowds.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of matching employees’ individual aspirations with business requirements.
  • Articulate and assess predictions about the future of work and the workforce, and the scope for organisational change.
  • Critically examine business models to maximise connectivity, collaboration, agility and innovation.
  • Appraise organisational maturity, taking into account individual employees and organisational readiness to lead the future of work.

What will I get?

  • You will be eligible for a Certificate of Participation upon completing the course content and collaborating with your peers.
  • If you choose to complete the final project, you will also be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Your final project will get you to apply the skills and knowledge acquired to your own professional context – ensuring that you translate your learning to clear value for your organisation.

How will I learn?

We recommend you allocate between 4–6 hours of weekly study per micro unit. Deciding when you fit in your weekly study is flexible, as there are no set times required for you to be online. Your industry expert facilitator will guide you through your engagement with the course content, equipping you with practical skills immediately applicable to your professional context.

Expert consultant

Dr Sean Gallagher

Dr Sean Gallagher is the inaugural Director of Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce. Sean has extensive experience establishing and leading research and education initiatives, including as Deputy CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

He has led workforce initiatives focused on experiential learning that have prepared students for the changing global marketplace. As a recognised thought leader on the impact of technology and globalisation on higher education, and more recently on the future of work, his work has shaped federal and state government policy.

Sean holds a PhD in chemistry and has served on the board of the Australian Synchrotron.


Introductory price $990 (Standard price $1250)

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