U-Path – Work to learn

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U-Path –
Work to learn

U-Path is an online service that has a goal of shifting the behavior of learning to work towards a mindset of working to learn. It is a future oriented learning platform that helps employees build their career paths to match the changes in their profession according to the company’s goals. It provides trustworthy and reliable information about the future of their profession and skills needed to stay up to date.

MA1 – Team 7

Agata Juszkiewicz
HwangJoo Kim
Kin Man Cammy Sha
Pinja Piipponen
suhyeon Jo
Shamim Bakhit


WHAT? 

Tell us what the concept is about. What are you designing? What are the key benefits?

U-Path is an online service that has a goal of shifting employees’ and companies’ behavio of learning to work towards a mindset of working to learn. It is a future oriented learning platform that helps employees build their career paths to match the changes in their profession according to the company’s goals. It provides trustworthy and reliable information about the future of the users’ professions and suggests skills needed.

WHY? 

Tell us some of the key findings of your background research and what is the problem you are trying to address.

Scenario:
Professions will face rapid changes when AI and automation are introduced in the near future. 30% of UK jobs will be replaced by AI (PwC, 2017) and over half of the EU jobs are at risk of automation (Bruegel, 2014). Technology, professions and the world are developing faster than individual skills. Employees are often unaware of the future and wouldn’t know what skills they should learn. Small and medium companies often don’t have budgets for training, which makes learning at work impossible. Many don’t have the time or budget to take courses after work.

Hypothesis: To solve these challenges we assume it is needed to start changing the perception of work behaviour towards the need for lifelong learning.

What should people learn? We divided these capabilities into 3 categories. 1st one – we call it Technology and knowledge – includes Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. These would be important for everyone to learn.

Employees will need human capabilities to support knowledge. In the future, the need for skills like team working, problem-solving and design thinking, is needed when employees are released from repetitive analytical work.

The last, profession-specific skills would be for example special programmes released in the market in accountancy.

Employees need to be multiskilled, not experts in just one area. In order for adults to succeed gaining a new capability, first it is important to create an interesttowards the subject. Awareness and info of options and the ability to choose can help to build new interests. Interest then creates motivation which is crucial. Support with problems is needed, and what we found out is, that understanding clearly the goals you can achieve help to reach them. But creating motivation is hard, easier is to create an easy service with small challenges – a system of baby steps.

WHO? 

Tell us something about your users and key stakeholders involved.

Our project currently targets accountants since they are at high risk of losing their job in the near future. However, our service can be used and scaled to all knowledge based professions to help employees who are facing the same problem.

WHEN? 

Give us an idea of the future scenario where your project will be working. 

In the future we see every company using U-Path, not just accountancy companies. To create the opportunity for all, the UK government would tax the biggest companies and spread training funds for all to use in certified platforms, like U-Path. The employers agree to their employees to spend a weekly amount of hours on learning and planning their individual learning paths.

U-Path would be viable with the help of AI and trustworthy data provided by U-Paths co-operative partners: Future and user data from the government would be used to connect employees to the learning providers with their specific needs and to create recommendations that are up-to-date today and in the future.

By analyzing future data from OECD or other authoritative data providers, like professional experts (ICAEW), we plan to create specific examples of career paths, determine future skills that accountants should learn and look for suitable courses from different learning providers.

WHERE? 

Tell us if you have thought of a specific location where to prototype.

Workshops could be organized in the venues in RCA or the cooperative partners’ spaces.

HOW? 

Give us an idea of your strategy, your process, your prototyping plan and the next steps.

Since accountants have the highest (95%) (The Oxford Martin School, 2013) chance of losing their jobs in the near future, we will first focus on prototyping our service with them and some experts in the industry. We plan to prototype in the UK, but this service could be easily scaled to be an international service.

First, we would like to have a participatory workshop for accountants to find out what employees want to know before making the decision of choosing a learning path or a course: videos, articles, expert guidance etc.

After that, we would like to organize workshops to test the developed digital and physical interactions of our service and see if it has enough information and is practical and easy to use.

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