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Developing the Job Skills Needed for a Future Economy


Zoe Zou at GIX in Bellevue, Wash.

Zoe Zou received her Master of Science in Technology Innovation from the Global Innovation Exchange program.

Credit: Global Innovation Exchange

What will it take to launch a successful career—or keep an existing career humming along nicely—in a world where technology is becoming an integral component of nearly every industry? A sharp skill set, honed to suit a global economy.

The Global Innovation Exchange is a new graduate program partnership between the University of Washington and China's Tsinghua University, with foundational support from Microsoft, which blends technology, entrepreneurship, and design thinking.

It's necessary to prepare for the rapid technological change that will soon occur, says Vikram Jandhyala, co-executive director  of the Global Innovation Exchange. Jandhyala is a faculty member and former chair of UW Electrical Engineering.

Here are four skills needed for the future economy:

  • Ready for rapid innovation
  • Cross-training
  • International expertise
  • Human-centered design

From The Seattle Times
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