The Future of Work Symposium

Future-proofing the workforce of 2030
O'Brien Theatre | Roane County Campus
March 14th, 2024 | 8am - 4:30PM ET

The world of work in the year 2030 will be radically different than it is today. Those changes will be driven by Artificial Intelligence, automation, changing demographics and globalization. Researchers and economists estimate that 65% of the jobs of 2030 have yet to be created. This rapid evolution in the work environment requires “future-proofing” of the labor force. Overall, future-proofing the job force is about being proactive and taking steps to prepare for the changes that are likely to occur in the future. By investing in training and development, utilizing a range of Human Resource strategies, and embracing new technologies, businesses can ensure that they are well-positioned to meet the changing needs of their industry and retain their valuable staff.

PricewaterhouseCooper sees four alternative worlds of work, all named after different colors. One world could move away from big companies as new technology allows small businesses to gain more strength. In another, companies might work together for the betterment of society as a whole.

Future of work symposium at Roane State Community College

Join us for an exciting in-person event, the Future of Work Symposium, at Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN, USA. This symposium will explore the evolving landscape of work in the digital age. Discover how technology, automation, and innovation are reshaping industries and careers. Engage with industry experts, thought leaders, and fellow attendees to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the future of work. Don't miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the ever-changing world of employment. Mark your calendars and get ready for a day filled with inspiration, networking, and knowledge.
The Symposium will start with the assumption that Artificial Intelligence, automation, and the 4th Industrial Revolution will, for those who are not prepared, lead to the conclusion that “Humans need not apply.” The Symposium will then open a conversation about future-proofing the workforce within the various ambits of the Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow “worlds.” Central to this discussion is the role that higher education, specifically community colleges, can play in the development of talent with these future-proofing skills.

The purpose of the Symposium

  • Expanding Roane State’s role as a leader for workforce development in East Tennessee and the Appalachian region
  • Exploring trends, assessing local workforce needs, and continuing to expand the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Roane State service area
  • Gathering small business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and subject matter experts for a dialogue on the imminent impacts of Artificial Intelligence
  • Creating an environment for networking and a college-wide entrepreneurial ecosystem born from this initial symposium