How Education Is Failing the Gig Economy

Education is falling short at all levels in preparing students for a life in the gig economy.

There’s nothing especially new about the concept of the “gig” worker – other than, perhaps, the label. Freelancers of all kinds have long been a vital part of the U.S. economy. But with the rise of ventures such as Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and TaskRabbit, the ranks of gig workers have swelled. Which raises the question: Is our education system doing enough to get students ready for this new world of work? For author and business consultant Marion McGovern, the answer is a resounding “no.” She joins us on this episode to discuss how the educational system – college, high school and even elementary grades – must change to meet the requirements of the gig economy. It’s all about teaching basic entrepreneurial skills, incorporating lessons in both “digital and emotional intelligence,” McGovern says. And by the way, business needs to step up as well. Hosted by Bob Bowman, Managing Editor of SupplyChainBrain.

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Show notes:

McGovern’s book, Thriving in the Gig Economy: How to Capitalize and Compete in the New World of Work.

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