AI-Upskilling & AI-Reskilling At Universities And Business Schools Is a Waste of Time, Energy & Money To Survive In The AI-Powered Economy

AI-Upskilling & AI-Reskilling At Universities And Business Schools Is a Waste of Time, Energy & Money To Survive In The AI-Powered Economy - by Tony de Bree

AI-Upskilling & AI-Reskilling At Universities And Business Schools Is a Waste of Time, Energy & Money To Survive In The AI-Powered Economy.

Morning, how are you? Enjoying work or are you less calm now because of the possible consequences of the perfect storm after the war in Ukraine started and the impact of the democratization of AI and The Great AI-Layoff for the future of your own work and income in the future?


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Why? Well, what continues to strike me is also on LinkedIn is that corporate labor market experts and corporate recruiters are still pretending that there are enough permanent jobs for higher educated staff and that if you resign voluntarily Leaving The Corporate Rat Race or if you risk losing your job in The Great AI-Layoff, you therefor have to focus completely on a corporate LinkedIn profile. To increase the chance of a permanent job with large companies and with the government.

Why? Because the number of permanent corporate and ‘fat firm jobs’ for which you need specific corporate Ai soft and AI hard skills and corporate diplomas is decreasing rapidly and the number of people with the same experience and the same diploma’s is still increasing rapidly.

What you need to do and fast is define the career change that is right for you, defining your personal right-skilling plan to thrive in the AI-powered economy and start it….fast. This is how you can do that:


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Many corporates have to change from growth strategies to survival strategies and fast:


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And they are rapidly laying off many managers and employees, even in ICT. 

So less and less corporate demand and more and more corporate supply.

Traditional outplacement was a waste of my valuable time, energy and money.

Like many highly educated people in traditional large organizations, I left ABN Amro in 2011 and had to go through a traditional corporate outplacement program in preparation for my departure in the second half of 2011 (see here).

I already knew, among other things, because I had started as an online entrepreneur since 2001 as my online plan-b, that that was a waste of valuable time, money and energy of ABN Amro, but also of myself. Why? Because even then the chance for someone like me, highly educated and over 40, to find a new similar job with a similar salary was practically zero. But more importantly, I didn’t want to work in a big, bureaucratic ‘fat firm’ anymore with predominant old-school managers like at ABN Amro after 2008. I wanted a different life for myself and for my family. And there was another reason.

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Because I’d been working on my ‘online plan-b’ since 2001 and had loved helping writing and selling my own digital products and especially my short e-books online from home as online solopreneur with my own virtual business ecosystem with trusted suppliers, strategic partners & online freelancers worldwide.

And those practical experiences with earning money online as a side-hustle’ in the online gig economy (yes already then) from home based on my own personal right-skilling plan and my own experiences and those of many peers ‘from banker to self-employed person ‘ have helped me immensely. Especially since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, since the war in Ukraine. And since the democratization of AI started in 2022. Using the virtual organization as structure with hybrid working, working at home online and working with virtual teams:


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Since then I have called this approach ‘Outplacement 2.0’ as part of your personal and professional quit-your-job pivoting your life journey. And in particular focusing on just-in-time right-skilling entrepreneurs.  

Why? It took me years to work out how it works online outside of the corporate online world, by sharing my hands-on experiences including my mistakes since 2001, you learn it much quicker.

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Our new ‘quit your job’ modular virtual learning programs are intended to help you to quit your corporate or other ‘fat firm’ job at your own time and at your own pace. Based on your own personal right-skillingplan. You choose your own destiny: to become a successful online and/or offline entrepreneur. As freelancer, as consultant, trainer or coach.  Or to found a successful FinTech, RegTech, Impact or eHealth startup or to work for a FinTech, RegTech, Impact or eHealth startup or scale-up. To survive the online shakeout and to start, grow and scale your online business in the online gig economy, staying small with ICT and growing and scaling with AI.

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Contact me today here to arrange a virtual meeting asap.

Tony de Bree worked at ABN AMRO for 26 years and successfully made the transition from banker to entrepreneur with his own “online plan b”. He is a successful digital strategy and consultant, speaker, lecturer and business coach and serial writer of a large number of how-to-books, eBooks, flipbooks and audiobooks in Dutch and English. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis and the great AI-layoff, Tony helps managers & employees to leave the corporate rat race and startups, scaleups and SMEs to use AI to survive and thrive in the AI-powered economy.

About the Author: tonydebree

Tony de Bree worked in Financial Services including in corporate venturing and e-commerce for 26 years and he made the transition from banker to entrepreneur working from home and making money online with his own "online plan b" with digital products as side-hustles in 2000 and as hybrid business owner since 2011. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, he helps corporates, small business owners, startups & scaleups to define and implement the best digital survival strategy and he helps managers and employees to become a successful entrepreneur with a personal digital-right skilling plan.

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