The gig economy and freelancing: What students need to know

Posted in News & Press  ·  16th June 2024

The “Future of Jobs Report 2023” by the World Economic Forum highlights the growing prevalence of the gig economy and freelancing. This shift offers flexibility and autonomy but also comes with unique challenges. Here’s what educators need to know to guide students towards success in non-traditional career paths.

Key insights

  1. Flexibility and autonomy: Gig work allows individuals to set their schedules and choose projects that interest them.
  2. Skill diversification: Freelancers often need a broad skill set to manage various aspects of their work.
  3. Income stability: Gig work can be less stable than traditional employment, requiring effective financial management.

Strategies for educators

  1. Teach financial literacy: Include lessons on budgeting, taxes, and managing irregular income.
  2. Promote skill development: Encourage students to develop a diverse skill set, including marketing, project management, and self-promotion.
  3. Foster networking skills: Help students build professional networks, both online and offline, to find opportunities and support.


The gig economy and freelancing offer exciting opportunities but require preparation. By understanding these trends and incorporating relevant skills into their teaching, educators can better prepare students for this dynamic job market.

For more detailed information, visit the Future of Jobs Report 2023.

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