One on One with Accenture's David Smith

As digital technology replaces antiquated analog systems in all facets of commerce at a blistering pace, so-called “blue-collar” jobs are evolving, as a greater level of technical expertise has become necessary to keep pace with modern systems.

David Smith As digital technology replaces antiquated analog systems in all facets of commerce at a blistering pace, so-called “blue-collar” jobs are evolving, as a greater level of technical expertise has become necessary to keep pace with modern systems. According to new research by Accenture, Harvard Business School and Burning Glass, companies are hurting for people to fill these jobs, and expect to need more and more as time goes on. This has both drawbacks and opportunities. It could open up all kinds of possibilities for workers without degrees to advance their careers, sharpen their skills, and make themselves more marketable. Accenture’s David Smith, Senior Managing Director-Accenture Strategy, Talent & Organization, sat down with us to discuss the problems and the opportunities caused by this middle-skills jobs gap.

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