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November 6, 2015: Friday news roundup

This was a huge week for Udemy and Udemy for Business — lots of events, lots of media coverage — so you’ll understand if the roundup is a little self-centered this week.

Corporate Learning in the World of Hypergrowth Companies
First up, a recap of our most recent HR Innovators gathering written by Josh Bersin, a leading voice in the HR space (as well as a Udemy instructor). Josh did the honors as the evening’s host, and in this article he summarizes some of the key themes that emerged, including the importance of effective onboarding, the challenges of training managers, the value of mentoring, and why “performance consulting” is gaining acceptance in HR circles. We’ll be sharing more HR Innovators news and content soon, so watch this space. And if you’re in the New York area, make a date to join us at our next HR Innovators event on Thursday, November 12!

Why Ed Tech Is Currently “The Wild Wild West”
In case you didn’t catch the blog post earlier this week, check out this coverage of Udemy CEO Dennis Yang at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum here in San Francisco. Dennis was on a panel with the president/cofounder of Coursera and an academic from USC to talk about how technology is shaping education and the way people prepare for the workforce.

Benefits of hiring a multigenerational workforce
As debate rages around the lack of gender and racial diversity in tech companies, fewer people are talking about age diversity in the workplace, even though the tech industry is notorious for being a youth-centric culture. Folks still love repeating Mark Zuckerberg’s comment, made in 2007, that “young people are smarter,” even though the Facebook CEO himself is now in his 30s and expecting his first child. This post from Glassdoor explains how companies benefit when they bring a range of ages and levels of experience together.

Will a robot take your job?
If you’ve been asking yourself that question, this interactive tool from the BBC is at least a fun way to find out the answer. But be prepared — the prediction for your future may be grim, as “About 35% of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation over the following 20 years, according to a study by researchers at Oxford University and Deloitte.”

Programmers: Stop calling yourselves engineers
We’ll end things on a provocative note. This author, who’s also a game designer and professor of interactive computing, suggests that software programmers have hijacked and “cheapened” the title of engineer, which should really be reserved for those who “are regulated, certified, and subject to apprenticeship and continuing education. Engineering claims an explicit responsibility to public safety and reliability.” Just some food for thought as you get ready for your weekend.