The Age of Individuality

Today, the most innovative employers and schools are using new technologies to enable individuals to work and learn what, when, and how they want. This is why work and education are entering a new Age of Individuality.

On today’s show, I talk about a trend that I believe is integral to the innovations in work and education taking place today. I call this trend, the Age of Individuality.

Companies can now use tools to create precise, real-world tests and experiences, to assess job applicants for their unique abilities. These tests and tools are often so compelling, that using clumsy selection mechanisms such as whether or not a job applicant has a college degree, is irrelevant.

Similarly, schools can now precisely match the interests of each student with courses, projects, and real-world experiences, that can help each individual student learn and grow. Children can now learn from a suite of resources, mimicking the experience of having their own private tutor. Adults can now find targeted courses and credentials that provide them with the knowledge, skills, and tools to achieve their own personal goals, such as finding a new job, or learning a new skill.

Ultimately, the same technology and tools that are enabling companies to provide individuals with highly personalized products, are also available for employers and schools. Today, the most innovative employers and schools are using these new technologies to enable people to work and learn what, when, and how they want.

This is why I believe work and education are entering a new Age of Individuality.