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Young Talent: The AI-Driven Education and Employment Revolution with Joe Seddon

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In an ideal world, every student graduates from higher education with the skills required to succeed professionally. Sounds nice, right? 

That too many graduates are left unprepared and regret the investment, feeling they wasted time and money, hurts this engineer’s heart.

Let me say this clearly: We need to improve our problem-solving & innovation capabilities so that the human experience is well-positioned in the future. To raise our standards means to narrow the gap between academia and industry.

The absence of practical skills in young talent keeps our systems broken. 

While we better prepare our university graduates, we also must improve access and reduce barriers to higher-ed opportunities for students from lower-income households.

To help us make sense of the education and employment revolution to come, this week’s guest is Joe Seddon, the Founder & CEO of Zero Gravity, a social enterprise that connects the UK’s most talented students with mentors, universities, and employers.

In this week’s episode of Make Sense, we also chat:

➡️  Gen Z employees say ChatGPT is giving better career advice than their bosses

➡️ Leveraging artificial intelligence for mass-market education

➡️ Redefining diversity to include socio-economic background in addition to gender and ethnicity

Reference the full show notes below.

Choice Quote

“We can do things to democratize information, whether it’s AI, the World Wide Web or more digital products. But the gains accumulated will be for knowledge workers who know how to actually navigate those complex systems. To ensure that the benefits of these systems are widely spread, we have to find ways to reduce their complexity.”

– Joe Seddon, Founder & CEO, ZeroGravity

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Key Takeaways with Joe Seddon

Here are Joe’s takes on the predictions I pitched him in the segment Crystal Ball: What does the future hold?

    1. No replacement appears for Twitter. Instead, a small percentage of the existing Twitter base is divided across some small platforms and much of the rest just stop using any of them. Yes. Most social is no longer for community & connection but for media consumption.
    2. Community-based learning. Yes, but it competes with hyper-personalized, AI-powered learning which is 1-to-1.
    3. The job market will continue to bifurcate between companies that go fully remote forever, and those that go back to the office. Yes, the hybrid environment has not reached an equilibrium and seems unsustainable. Young employees want flexibility but they also need support that most employers have not figured out how to deliver remotely.

Listen to Joe Seddon’s Make Sense Episode:

Show Notes

00:00 Introduction
01:03 The Role of Technology in Education
05:39 The Changing Landscape of the Tech Industry
07:32 The Future of Twitter and Community-Based Learning
15:17 The Bifurcation of the Job Market
26:43 The Potential of AI for Widespread Gains
28:36 Making Information and Tools Accessible
30:05 Exposing People to Opportunities
31:33 Simplifying Learning and Skill Acquisition
35:09 Supporting Young Employees in the Workplace
41:29 Redefining Diversity for Innovation and Problem Solving

Where to find Joe Seddon

Joe is the Founder & CEO of Zero Gravity, a social enterprise that connects the UK’s most talented students with mentors, universities, and employers. He has been named as one of the Top 10 Young Digital Leaders in the UK, was on Forbes 30 under 30 in 20222, and has received several awards for social impact in education.

Company: https://www.zerogravity.co.uk/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeseddon/

Where to find Lindsay Tabas

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsaytabas
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@LindsayTLadyEngineer
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindsaytladyengineer

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