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“The Future Of Work Will Be About Skills – Not College Degrees,” Says Upwork CEO

“The future of work won’t be about degrees. More and more, it’ll be about skills.”

While we all know that a good education leads to greater opportunities in the employment world, one recent survey is telling us that skills are far more important than college degrees. This is according to the 2018 Freelancing in America survey which said that about 93% of freelancers with 4-year college degree admit that skills training is useful. Meanwhile, only 79% say their college education has helped them in their current job.

Commissioned by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, the survey was conducted by Edelman Intelligence. It involved 6,001 workers in the United States.

Work and knowledge isn’t static.

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Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, later wrote about the survey results saying:

“This new data points to something much larger. Rapid technological change, combined with rising education costs, have made our traditional higher-education system an increasingly anachronistic and risky path. The cost of a college education is so high now that we have reached a tipping point at which the debt incurred often isn’t outweighed by future earnings potential.

“Yet too often, degrees are still thought of as lifelong stamps of professional competency. They tend to create a false sense of security, perpetuating the illusion that work — and the knowledge it requires — is static. It’s not.”

Trends in most industries will always keep changing.

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To further illustrate the point, Kasriel cited a 2016 report by the World Economic Report that said “in many industries and countries, the most in-demand occupations or specialties did not exist 10 or even five years ago, and the pace of change is set to accelerate.”

Kasriel likewise shared:

“As a leader of a technology company and former head of engineering, I’ve hired many programmers during my career. And what matters to me is not whether someone has a computer science degree but how well they can think and how well they can code. In fact, among the top 20 fastest-growing skills on Upwork’s latest Skills Index, none require a degree.”

Education is still important – but acquiring skills should also be given emphasis.

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“To be sure, I’m not saying college is a waste of time and money for everyone,” concluded Kasriel. “But if there’s one takeaway, it’s this: The future of work won’t be about degrees. More and more, it’ll be about skills. And no one school, whether it be Harvard, General Assembly or Udacity, can ever insulate us from the unpredictability of technological progression and disruption but one thing can: The fastest-growing segment of the workforce — freelancers — have realized more than most that education doesn’t stop. It’s a lifelong process. Diploma or not, it’s a mindset worth embracing.”

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Pink Legacy, The 19-Carat Pink Diamond Sold For A Record-Breaking $50 Million

It was purchased by a popular American luxury brand!

Talk about a stunning sell. The Pink Legacy, a rare and extremely large pink diamond has just been sold for a record-breaking $50 million at Christie's auction house. Additionally, the proud owner of the 18.96-carat gem is US jeweler Harry Winston.

The gorgeous pink diamond was the star at Christie's annual Magnificent Jewels auction at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues. Although the gem was expected to be sold at about $30 million, it broke records by going up to $50 million on Tuesday.

There's nothing quite like the Pink Legacy.

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Mom Speaks Out About Breastfeeding Her Nine-Year-Old Daughter

“We have such a close bond, and I’m convinced it’s because of breastfeeding her for so long.”

The topic of breastfeeding, for better or worse, remains a controversial one — especially when it comes to discussing how long it should go on. Most of the time, children had already stopped taking breastmilk from their mother at a very early age. However, that’s not always the case.

A mother from the United Kingdom revealed that her daughter reached the age of nine before she stopped breastfeeding her. Sharon Spink breastfed her daughter Charlotte for nine years and insisted that the act is purely normal and it even gave her and her child a special bond.

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Dog Receives Life-Saving Kidney From Her Own Puppy

“This is Elsa’s chance to save her mom!”

Sometimes even doggos need a miracle. A dog was in dire need of an organ donation after her kidneys began to fail. Interestingly, one of the pooch's own puppy stepped up to save her mother's life.

Star has always had a difficult life. A few years ago, she was abandoned in a box with her 13 puppies in southern Missouri. Luckily, the pooch and her litter were rescued. Although only nine of Star's pups survived, they all found loving homes. Star herself was adopted by a St. Louis family after getting treatment for kidney failure.

Star is one truly lucky dog.

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