By Andrea Gordon Education Reporter Sat., May 12, 2018 Cassandra Marroccoli should be spending her weekdays with patients, conducting physical exams, diagnosing ailments and prescribing medications under the eye of a supervisor. The Master’s student in York University’s nurse practitioner program was supposed to begin her final semester, an intensive 12-week clinical placement, two weeks ago and was on target to finish in August. She had even enrolled in a prep course for her licensing exams in October. But those plans are up in the air as a result of a strike by 3,000 York contract faculty, teaching and research assistants that began March 5. Now wrapping up its 10th week, it is threatening to become the longest in the history of a university that has a reputation for tumultuous labour disputes, with five strikes in the last two decades. That leaves Marroccoli and roughly 25 classmates, who should have started final placements, on hold as the … [Read more...] about Future hangs in balance for York nursing students caught in middle of 10-week strike
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Manila. Many have predicted that millions of jobs are in line to become extinct over the next two decades due to automation, but it may not spell the end of overall employment. A study by McKinsey Global Institute released in 2017 found that up to 800 million global workers, or one-fifth of the global workforce, will lose their jobs to automation, which is expected to come into full effect by 2030. The study researched 800 occupations in 46 countries and concluded that machine operators and food workers will be hit the hardest, along with professionals employed as accountants, paralegals and even mortgage brokers. The International Labor Organization (ILO) also found that over next two decades, more than half of all workers in five Southeast Asian countries will be replaced by robots. ILO assessed that about 137 million workers, or 56 percent of the workforce in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, are … [Read more...] about Will You Lose Your Job in a Few Years After Disruptive Technology Takes Hold?
caption An Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville, New Jersey. source Sarah Jacobs A new report claims that seven Amazon workers have died on or near the job since 2013. The report was compiled by National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a private nonprofit worker advocacy group, which named it as one of their “dirty dozen” companies. “We are proud of safety record and thousands of Amazonians work hard every day innovating ways to make it even better,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. Amazon has been singled out in a new report for workplace safety. The company was one of the “dirty dozen'” on a list composed by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, a private nonprofit worker advocacy group. “This year, we’ll identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them. Workers … [Read more...] about Seven people have died on the job in Amazon’s warehouses since 2013 — here’s what happened
The challenge of every company recruiter is singling out the most qualified candidate for the job, and it is not getting any easier.But companies have increasingly been turning to articifical intelligence (AI) to make that process more seamless and productive. The good thing is, organisations no longer look at AI as making the role of a recruiter impersonal and robotic as they did in the past.A survey by global organisational consulting firm Korn Ferry, conducted with 770 talent acquisition professionals, has revealed that the outlook for AI’s impact on drawing in high quality talent is largely positive.Most Asia-Pacific respondents (76%) agreed that AI has allowed them to find candidates better suited for their jobs.In addition, half of the respondents (51%) also concurred that the usage of big data and AI has lightened the burdens of recruiters. Top reasons include obtaining valuable insights (40%) and freeing up their time (34%).“AI helps us dramatically enhance … [Read more...] about APAC recruiters are starting to welcome AI as a tool to hire quality job candidates – here’s why
Against the backdrop of the increased role of robots and automation in the labour markets, our educators and policy-makers are trying to catch up with the future of work. But are they on the right track?Lately, they have launched a multitude of initiatives to enhance the quality of students, teachers and the curriculum.For example, Chulalongkorn University and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology University Ladkrabang have kicked off a joint study course on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics engineering.This is understandable as the need for AI and robotics engineers is skyrocketing -- the country produced just 2,000 graduates in this nascent field last year while the demand in the labour market has surged to 10,000 annually.The government, for its part, seems to be trying to ensure the employability of future graduates.On Tuesday, the Ministry of Education announced plans to cooperate with the Office of the Higher Education, the National Economic and Social Development Board … [Read more...] about Government must get to grips with future of work