Ellen Ruppel Shell: How To Sustain Your Career Once Technology Changes Or Eliminates Your Job

Not since 1974 when Studs Terkel published his groundbreaking book, “Working,”has anyone performed a deep dive into the modern-day work experience.

But with automation and digitalization poised to radically change our workplaces in the very near future – along with the jobs we all do – Boston University journalism professor, Ellen Rupell Shell spent the past eight years researching all the ways our careers are likely to be disrupted, and how we can emerge on the other side of it with work that inspires and sustains us.

“Work is essential for human beings to flourish,” writes Shell in her New York Times bestselling book, “The Job: Work And It’s Future In A Time Of Radical Change.” “It gives our lives meaning, purpose, identity and status.”  But at a time when McKinsey predicts that one-third of all blue and white-collar jobs will be gone in the next 20 years, public policy isn’t yet oriented toward ensuring that everyone who wants to continue working will remain able to support themselves and their families.

So what course corrections do we need to make? How can we sustain our own career viability in light of unparalleled technological change? What skills will emerge as most essential in the new economy? Can there really be a happy ending?

These are critically important questions all of us should now be asking – and tied to Shell’s remarkably broad research, she’s able to provide many unexpected yet insightful answers. Not just intended for leaders and managers, this is a podcast that holds great benefits for us all.

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.