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Part 1: Introduction > Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century

Chapter 1. Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century

Are you approaching your career from a 20th-century perspective, or are your career choices based on the workplace realities of the new millennium?

As a professional in training, HRD, and workplace learning and performance, you frequently have to focus on immediate issues as they occur in your workplace. But you’ll also need to do more if you want to position yourself for success in your career. You’ll also need to make good use of the powerful marketplace trends discussed in this chapter. Our brief look at these trends will show you social, cultural, work-related, and technological perspectives of our evolving world, and show you how these changes are altering the nature of your profession fundamentally. You may be familiar with these trends, but try to look at them with “new eyes”—a term that futurist Edith Wiener uses to describe the ability to see things in ways that you may not have noticed before. Pay attention to the aspects of each trend that you haven’t considered previously, and look for new opportunities to shape your own future.


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