Jill Klein, interim dean of the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University, discusses how workers were impacted by the partial shutdown, and explains why lifelong learning is important.
Last Friday, Congress finalized appropriations for the rest of 2019, averting another partial government shutdown. However, the long-term impacts from the previous shutdown may lead to issues bringing in and maintaining top talent in the federal government. Jill Klein, interim dean of the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University, says that the shutdown should be a wake-up call for government managers. “…People who are talent managers, they have to remember that talent is really precious. What you want to do is think about what are ways that you can ensure that they get to participate in lifelong learning. We go to college, or graduate from high school, and our jobs are going to change. As someone who’s been a professor at American University for 20 years, one of the things that is really daunting is that we are preparing students for careers that don’t even exist,” Klein said. “We need to also look at our current employees and say, ‘How do we get them prepared to work in a really digitally enabled economy?’ We need to think about it very intentionally, ‘How do we make them be successful?’ Lifelong learning is really important for our current talent pool.”