What will the future workforce look like? What skills do I need to thrive?

Adaptive Futures (COMM5044) is a project based online practicum aimed at developing and applying students business skills and knowledge to the future of work.

In this course we look at the skills required to be successful as an individual, as well as the capabilities organisations need to remain successful in the rapidly changing global landscape.

We partner with industry to investigate the challenges presented by future workforces, providing recommendations for how they can develop human capabilities - curiosity, creativity, empathy, and courage— to encourage their application across all levels and departments.

Adaptive Futures will be offered in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3.


Applications close 21 June 

Adaptive Futures aims to identify and develop a core set of adaptive skills and capabilities that both individuals and organisations require to be successful in the future global work environment. Students

will work with a partner organisation to apply their skills to real-world problems, proposing solutions to contemporary and emerging business needs.

This course is delivered fully online and consists of pre-workshops modules, online discussion boards and three industry partner meetings.

Each practicum experience will be different depending on the organisations we partner with.

Attendance is required at all online workshops.

Please make sure you have space in your degree for this course. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this course will count within your program requirements. It’s recommended you refer to your program handbook and the progression plans to understand your current progression and program.

The course is available to students who:

  • Have a minimum of 18 UoC
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have completed Career Accelerator: Essentials (Student-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator)
  • Have space in their degree for this course

Assessment is satisfactory/unsatisfactory according to the standard UNSW scale.

  • Reflection journal (40%) 
  • Kialo debate (15%) 
  • Team project (30%) 
    • Two-page report (10%)
    • Executive summary (5%) 
    • Presentation & Q&A to client (15%) 
  • Peer assessment (15%) 

As enrolment is restricted, you can’t enrol yourself into this course. The UNSW Business School will enrol eligible students who have been notified of their acceptance into this course.

Term 3 Expressions of Interest are now open and will close 21 June 2021 at 9am.

Apply now

Please note: If you’re undertaking this course as an elective, you must complete a progression check to ensure you have space in your degree.