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Hundred-year lives call for 100 years of learning

Multiple careers and the burden of social isolation in retirement will see adult education taking on a new shape, write Andrew Scott and Mark Malcomson

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There is no such a thing as a job for life any more and very few people entering today’s workforce will even have heard of the concept. We have become used to multiple jobs during a lifetime and we are beginning to get used to multiple careers. There is no longer a fixed retirement date, and when you do retire, it probably won’t be a hard stop, but more likely a gradual wind-down. We need the tools to help us to adapt to these transitions.

Finishing education aged 18 or 21 just isn’t going to cut it any more. Technological and societal changes are just too rapid for one “go” at education to ...

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