The Way We Work
December 20, 2012 by Jenna Weiner

Advances in Internet technology have changed the way we work, with serious implications for how we structure companies and teams, how we think about our careers, and how we communicate with our fellow team members. From telecommuting and online work to distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies, the way the world works now is light years away from the business landscape just 20 years ago.

As technology continues to advance rapidly, what does that mean for the way we will work in 2013? Or even 2020? oDesk CEO Gary Swart shared his vision for the future of work in an article today for VentureBeat, outlining 4 major trends that will shape the world of work in 2013. All of them lead to the conclusion that 2013 will be the year of the specialized, the customized and the analyzed. Specifically:

  • Specialists will dominate the job market
  • More custom catered education will serve up training for these specialists
  • Big use of big data will power agile staffing (as analytics-driven HR takes off)
  • A new disruptive skill will see explosive growth


What will that new disruptive skill be? How can professionals take advantage of tailored education to become in-demand specialists? To find out, check out Gary's full article on VentureBeat here.

Jenna Weiner

Content Marketer

Jenna Weiner is the former content marketing manager at oDesk and was the editor-in-chief of the oDesk blog. With a background in business and technology writing, she specializes in content marketing and strategy, public relations, and branding. Before joining oDesk, Jenna was a writer and editor for Monitor Group’s marketing department (now Monitor Deloitte) and was the Business & Technology Section Editor for Brafton Inc.… read more