Students unveil working world of 2040

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By Ian Hendry, Ray Johnston and Karen Gorsline
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/22/2013

The national university challenge Focus 2040 — in which students gathered at a campus of McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business in Burlington, Ont., in late March to present their vision of what the working world could look like in 2040 — painted a vivid picture.

They extrapolated current trends and subjected them to a healthy dose of imaginative thinking, presenting a picture of intensified business challenges, instantaneous, seamless communication, an insatiable quest for efficiencies and a highly educated, entrepreneurial and global workforce unwilling to accept the status quo.

Here we summarize the predictions of the 10 finallists: