'Every Career Will Be a Career in Technology'

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This Week in Kaplan University's Visionary Voices video series: instead of fearing technology, embrace it. Watch the video to learn how.

If there is anything noted cyberculture commentator and Wired Magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly wants mid-life career changers to know it is this: do not fear technology, embrace it.

Embrace it because in the not-so-distant future, "every career will be a career in technology," Kelly says in an installment of Kaplan University's Visionary Voices video series. "There are traditional occupations that don’t seem at first to be about technology, but they're just using technology that hasn't changed in a while," he says.

Getting comfortable with technology doesn't necessarily mean having to learn "bits and bauds," but rather, learning new forms of communication, and learning how to learn, says Kelly, author of What Technology Wants. "Life-long learning will be fundamental to survival in this new era," regardless of your specific occupation, he says.

On the path to learning new things, it’s OK to try and fail, he adds. "You have to try stuff to find out what you can master, and in mastering something you’ll fail a lot," he says.

That should be reassuring if you’re a mid-life career changer testing different paths to see which one is right for you.

Watch the video to hear more of what Kelly has to say about the future of technology and work:


Kaplan University provides a practical, student-centered education that prepares individuals for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org). It serves more than 53,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

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