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Although everyone sees and feels that the world is changing, it is sometimes hard to imagine that your own oh-so-important profession will sooner or later no longer be there. For one profession that moment comes faster than for another, but everyone will have to accept it. “Professions that never change? We can’t think of any,” says Nienke Fabries of Fontys University of Applied Sciences. During the Dutch Technology Week, she and Jochem Goedhals will introduce people who are professionally involved in life-long development to the skills and abilities of the (near) future.

The event, on 22 May, will take the form of a “TEC Tasting“, a kind of wine tasting but in the field of new skills. TMC on the High Tech Campus is the host and students of the Fontys minor Embrace Technology Entrepreneurship & Creativity (TEC) help with the implementation.

Read more about the Dutch Technology Week 2019 here

“Technology will have an impact on every profession, so your education will have to move along with that,” says Fabries. “This applies to teachers, nurses, etcetera. The speed and disruption will vary per discipline, but every professional will see his or her tasks change. The question, I think, is mainly how to give substance to the changes in your field of work. What do all the technological innovations mean for you and your field of work and how do you deal with them yourself? Working from your own passion and mission, and using technology to achieve it, that is the core vision Fontys stands for and we want to translate that vision into this event.”

All participants in this event – which is almost sold out – can ‘taste’ new knowledge and skills in small-scale workshops. Fabries: “We opted for a tasting because each participant gets a brief impression of three elements: what are the most relevant technological innovations, what do they mean for my field of work and the issues I focus on and what do they mean for me as a person? Based on this three-stage approach, we want to give participants a taste of these themes in a short space of time. On the basis of these experiences, people can choose for themselves what tastes like more, just like you would do in a wine tasting.”

According to Fontys, the solution lies in staying curious for the rest of your life. And that doesn’t just mean looking for new theoretical knowledge. “Apart from the technical skills, studies show that employees also need a multifaceted mix of human skills such as creativity and entrepreneurship in order to remain of value in their current and future roles.”

The TEC Tasting will be held on Wednesday 22 May from 15.30 to 19.45 in the TMC building at High Tech Campus 96. More information here.