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International School Leaders Conference 2019: Future of Skills - Employment in 2030

What skills do students need for employment in 2030? In his keynote at the Pearson International School Leaders Conference 2019, Owen Henkel will share insights and research to help leaders plan.

The pace of economic change all but guarantees that a single degree or qualification earned by today's students in their teens or 20s will no longer be sufficient for their whole working life. Students graduating from high school today will have many, many jobs in their professional lives, some predictions place this number as high as 15. And we have no idea what many of those jobs will be...

So what does structural change, including but not limited to automation, mean for the future of work? And what does it mean for the skills that students will need to thrive in this emerging labour market?

We addressed these questions in our research Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 and in his keynote session at this year's conference, Owen Henkel, Director of Efficacy and Resarch at the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, will present highlights from this research and discuss with delegates what this means in terms of the skills students will need for employment in 2030.

About our keynote speaker

Owen Henkel is Director of Pearson Affordable Learning fund (PALF) which invests in ‘patient capital’ in some of the world’s most innovative and impactful education ventures. As Director of Efficacy and Research, he works across the portfolio to measure, report and improve student learning outcomes.

Prior to PALF, Owen worked as a consultant to ed-tech start-ups in Latin America, an associate at McKinsey & Co, and as Teach for America corps member in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Owen holds a dual MBA/MA at the University of Michigan, where he focuses on statistics, education technology, and impact investing. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Oxford, focusing on Artificial Intelligence in education, while continuing his role at PALF. His research focuses on the potential that recent advances in ‘data science’ have for improving the analysis of student-level educational performance, specifically how large scale assessment of early-stage literacy in low and middle income countries and recent advances in communication technology and artificial intelligence can be used to improve them

Can't make it to this year's Pearson International School Leaders Conference?

Join our International School Leaders group to keep up-to-date with all of the conference content - we'll be sharing Owen's presentation after the event.

Read Owen's blog post from earlier this year, prior to his plenary session at the 38th COBIS Annual Conference.

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