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Quick, look busy, the robots are coming! CIPD B&MK

CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

Quick, look busy, the robots are coming! CIPD B&MK

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CIPD Student 2d 20m Free  

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How To Stay Professionally Relevant in a New World – Laura Thomson

The world of work is changing at a pace never experienced by previous generations. If you are middle-aged right now, it is highly likely that the role you retire from has not even been invented yet. What micro-decisions can we be taking now to optimise our employability over the next decade?  As routine jobs become increasingly automated it will require us to be flexible in our skills to avoid becoming extinct within our chosen profession.  The advances in technology have already delivered breath-taking benefits to people and society at large.   


 Unless you are planning to retire within 5 years, an L&D/ HR professional will need to 'wake up and smell the silicon' NOW to remain relevant in a profession in which we may or may not be needed.  There will be an active robot-related job market, but also there will be a whole series of job roles that only humans can do. The key will be to create a symbiotic relationship where technology complements rather than competes with us to deliver the ultimate service or experience. Furthermore, the everyday tech decisions we are taking in our homes are already creating a new set of skills in today’s children. This will either impact us personally if we have young children in our lives to whom we are parental role models, and/or professionally in how we lead and inspire the emerging new talent pipeline entering our workplaces.


With mental health and wellbeing levels worsening within the UK workforce, now is the time for a courageous and humanising rethink about how we add value in our roles as L&D professionals to help people adapt and thrive amid the change - without becoming like robots ourselves as we log on to email from our beds. Join us this evening for some thought-provoking insights and lively debate!


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Milton Keynes College
Silbury Boulevard Campus
200 Silbury Boulevard
MK9 1LT Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

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CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch

The CIPD Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Branch provides opportunities for its members to network with local HR and L& D professionals,

Embracing Championing Better Work and Working Lives, our programme of events promotes development and networking e.g. updates on employment law, skills development for the CIPD Profession Map and CPD supporting upgrading.

Our events are organised through two geographical groups, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, together with our special interest groups Learning Matters and Mentoring scheme.


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