Its no secret, since the invention of the world wide web, humans have been more connected than ever. Now, in 2016, I can send a picture of my front yard in New Hampshire to someone in Zimbabwe in a split second, and get a picture of their front yard in Harare just a second later. This changes things considerably for what it means to be a global citizen and how to be engaged in our ever changing, and interconnected world. It also changes things considerably for the workplace and how companies and employees interact all over the world. At the heart of this change is the internet, the motherboard of communication these days, with five different ways to poke, tag, message, @, and hashtag people.
So what does that mean for the future employee and student of this new global workplace? Well, a couple crucial things are for sure. When the workplace changes and expands so exponentially, what is expected of employees changes as well. Therefor, how employees get their education and training for this new and evolved workplace needs to change as well. As stated in Repko’s Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, “What a traditional major typically fails to provide is context—the context of the whole system—and the ability to view reality through multiple disciplinary lenses and make connections across different knowledge formations.” This highlights the importance of interdisciplinary studies in school because it enables students to make those connections and carry the know how on connecting and using multiple resources into the work place. That ability lets employees be more equipped to reach out to any corner of the world they need to find those resources or to solve problems, even from hundreds of thousands of miles away. It also gives the context that employees going into the workplace with a traditional major degree, lack. So in the end, it just makes sense. Interdisciplinary studies gives students the connecting ability, context and know how to tackle any problem life or your boss, puts in front of you.
Work cited: Alan Repko “Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies” chapter 1.Repko, Allen F., Richard Szostak, and Michelle Buchberger. SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 Edition (May 20, 2013). N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
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