Panelists urge employers, higher ed to adapt to changing, more diverse workforce

Part of Massachusetts’ future will be defined by how employers and the higher education sector adapt to a changing, more diverse workforce and the characteristics of a new generation who seek flexibility and equity in the professional realm, stakeholders told a commission studying the future of work in the state.

Lawmakers, Baker administration officials, higher education officials, and nonprofit leaders gathered in Plymouth Tuesday morning for a virtual Future of Work Commission hearing focused on post-pandemic employment and economic security. The commission, chaired by Sen. Eric Lesser and Rep. Josh Cutler, has held four public meetings as it prepares a report on the future of work in the state.

Bridgewater State University President Fred Clark said employers are looking for graduates who can work well in teams, utilize critical thinking skills, interpret data, and are digitally literate.

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