What new grads can expect when they enter the workforce

New grads are hanging up their caps, gowns, and stoles, and preparing to enter the world of work—and it looks quite different than it did a few years ago. As artificial intelligence and automation intensify shifts, some jobs will be lost, many others will be created, and almost all will change.

The average person spends a third of their life at work (more than 90,000 hours in a lifetime), write McKinsey’s Jacqueline Brassey, Barbara Jeffery, and Patrick Simon, and adequately preparing for the future of work, workforce, and workplace will be crucial to success.

Whether you’re a new grad (or know one), dive into the insights below and check out The graduate’s guide to the world of work, our recently refreshed collection of insights and interviews, to help you hit the ground running at your new job or internship during a period of continuing—and profound—change.

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