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UB professor: Young people must prepare for workforce automation

The labor market will undergo a radical transformation during the next 20 years, according to Natasha Turnquest, adjunct professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of The Bahamas (UB). She added that young people must prepare themselves for automation in the labor force.

Turnquest was part of a discussion on automation in the workforce held at UB, at which Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) economist in Nassau Dr. Allan Wright presented on the role of automation in the economies of the future.

Wright said that the conversation on automation in the workforce “will help young people to make wise career decisions in that they will be living and working in a labor market that will change rapidly and consistently”.

Turnquest explained: “We discussed the future of work and ways in which that will change, and how they can best prepare themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that will come with an increase in automation in the labor force.”

“Actually, being able to see the progression of a new mindset developing in many of the students over the course of the semester was encouraging,” she said.

“I often challenge the students to think critically and to consider the deeper issues that actually drive the processes we examined this semester.”

According to a release on the discussion, in terms of preparing Bahamians for the workplace of the future, The Bahamas ranks higher than many other counterpart nations.

“The Bahamas does better than comparable nations, including countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),” the release states.

“The Bahamas has the second highest share of population between 25 and 65 years old with tertiary education among these six Caribbean countries (The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago). However, improvements need to be made at the primary and secondary levels.”

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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