What does the future hold?

Dr. G Venkat Ram Reddy

July, 2020

Should I seek a job instead of pursuing higher education? Is it wise to leave my job and pursue a professional degree like the Tech-MBA at IIT Jodhpur? What would be the job scenario for a Tech-MBA graduate two years down the line? Such are the questions that students like you would be bothered about when evaluating your prospects with the Tech-MBA at IIT Jodhpur. These questions about the future and what to do about it are not only relevant to the prospective students but something that all of humanity has been concerned for ages.

Although our understanding of time as a physical dimension is still a matter of considerable debate, our ability to intuit about the past, present, and future is beyond doubt. While the things of the past mean a lot to us, we often discount the now and get anxious about the future. Now more than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought these intricacies between how we perceive time and how those perceptions shape our actions, to the forefront. Particularly, the pandemic has induced in us a strong skepticism about the future than a reflection about the past or an intuition of the present. The question that's on everyone's mind from pundits to common folk is, 'What does the future hold?'

However, very few of us can ever wholly answer such a question, let alone during a pandemic or its aftermath. Evaluations about the future and the prospects it holds are often the most effortful of cognitions that human beings make. This is because the future is the home of uncertainty or the unknown. Evolution did put humans at a vantage by bestowing upon us a large brain with a broad forehead. However, our plain foreheads can, at best, turn uncertainty into risk or likelihood but can never free us of the unknown.

It's not our brains per se, but the information we search for and process using it enables us to make reliable judgments and decisions about what the future holds and how to deal with it. It is those bits that act as a beacon into the unknown. They have the power to turn our skepticism about the future into hope and confidence. Moreover, it is the interpretive quality we offer and not the quantum of information that makes a difference. Therefore, what we seek, where we source, and how we interpret information holds the key to knowing what the future holds for each of us.

Formal education is a social-cultural invention that we humans have devised as a tool to structure our attempts at information seeking and interpretation. Our schools and higher education institutions, in particular, are meant to generate reliable and valid information about the state of the world, provide universal access to such information, and train young minds on how to interpret the information to make informed judgments and decisions in various settings.

IIT Jodhpur and its School of Management and Entrepreneurship are committed to this noble yearning of producing useful information, providing universal access to such information, and training able techno-managerial professionals to bring forth the interpretive quality to make rational judgments and decisions that aid their professional settings. We strongly believe this commitment of ours enables you to answer the hard question of 'What does the future hold?' and make an informed choice to pursue Tech-MBA at the SME, IIT Jodhpur.

About the Author

Dr. G Venkat Ram Reddy is a faculty in the area of Human Capital & Organisational Dynamics at School of Management and Entrepreneurship, IIT Jodhpur.