Bernardo M. Villegas
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Workplace Skills in Digital Age (Part 2)
           In the best seller, “Thank You for Being Late”, U. S. journalist Thomas Friedman makes a strong case for combining the liberal arts and professional training to prepare today’s youth for the jobs in the digital age in which the workplace is being “globalized, digitized, and roboticized at a speed, scope, and scale we’ve never seen before.”   He claims that the jobs that will not disappear because of automation are those that require and reward the ability to leverage technical and interpersonal skills, which combination can be attained by blending calculus with human (or animal) psychology or holding a conversation with Watson (a machine) to make a cancer diagnosis and holding the hand of a patient to deliver it.  Friedman quotes from an essay that appeared in “The American Interest” (May 10, 2013) by Russel Mead entitled “The Jobs Crisis:  Bigger Than You think”: “In the 20th century most Americans spent their time pushing paper in offices or bashing widgets in factories.  In the 21s century most of us are going to work with people, providing services that enhance each other’s lives…We are going to have to discover the inherent dignity of work that is people to people rather than people to things.  We are going to have to realize that engaging with other people, understanding their hopes and their needs, and using our own skills, knowledge and talent to give them what they want at a price they can afford is honest work.”