The shrinking middle will challenge the workforce. Jobs which have traditionally occupied the middle of the skills hierarchy and earnings range, such as white collar administrative roles and skilled / semi-skilled blue collar roles, are declining at a significant rate due to changes in work organisation driven by technology and globalisation.
The ideal worker is also “Transdisciplinarity-shaped”. He brings a deep understanding of at least one field, but has the capacity to speak the language of a broader range of disciplines. This requires a sense of curiosity and a willingness to go on learning far beyond the years of formal education. Extended life spans promote multiple careers and exposure to more industries and disciplines.