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Emerging jobs and tips on avoiding skill redundancy

New jobs, careers, and industries are being introduced by the day, literally.

Recent BRW and Deloitte reports suggest major cultural shifts and an ageing populace in the next 25 years, with a forecast that some industries will boom and some will die.

IT, aged care, tourism, and food processing are a few on the list set to skyrocket.  While technology is evolving fast and we’re seeing more jobs becoming computerised, this is also an exciting time. As a result, there are new job opportunities being introduced.

Young people & automated jobs

We’ve spoken about automation and jobs that will change or be automated. It’s also important to understand that just because an industry has job prospects, it doesn’t necessarily lead to employment for skilled people. It’s a numbers game. The number of people looking for jobs might not match the available job openings.

So, instead of focusing on the job or career, you need to have a wider mindset. Start thinking about your interests, skills, values, work performance, education, and training requirements.

The problem is, the knowledge and skills needed to match these fast-growing industries simply aren’t there.

It is suggested that STEM skills, for example, will be demanded in 75% of future jobs, yet mathematical literacy in youth remains low.

There is great concern for young people in the automation debate.  Addressing that youth will be competing with the rest of the population for unskilled positions, the recent article by the Conversation brings the solution back to education.

Skills training is central to this discussion.  Well-targeted education and training were noted as core components of successful transitions.

Addressing the ‘brain drain’ was also explored – where skilled workers or professionals are lured overseas or interstate for more rewarding work.  We need to develop opportunities for young people in scientific and technical fields to keep them on our shores and contributing to local economic growth.

New literacies

Future proofing your career requires new literacies,

  1. Social intelligence & new media literacy

You can’t forget that although automated technology is smart, it can’t replicate everything.  ‘Soft skill’ qualities, like social and emotional intelligence and cross-cultural competency.  New media literacy and understanding today’s media landscape is also important.  ‘Robots’, while although intelligent, lack human connections.  Our emotions, intuition and feelings become a valuable asset.

  1. Learning and mastery

Don’t stop learning and evolving your skills.  You need to shift how you learn to keep knowledge and skills current.  Use your commute to work to listen to a podcast.  Download a video series on a new skill to add to your portfolio.

Antonia Cusumano, People & Organisation Leader at consulting giant PwC says:  “You’re going to see learning shift to these little mini bite-sized chunks of information that you can get on the go and when you need it and at any given time.”

  1. Adaptability & business acumen

Cusumano also talks about the ‘gig economy.’  What she means by this is understanding how businesses work.  Innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration is more and more a part of business processes.  You need to know how to do project-based work, and quickly.

How do these link to the 21st Century capabilities?

Future-proofing your career takes a collective effort.  Alongside these tips, make sure you embrace new opportunities, understand your industry and others and, constantly build your network.

While automation is a reality, you can’t forget about the value of human connections and collaborations.

If you would like more tips on future jobs and careers, please contact Jess Perry at jessica@careerblueprint.com.au.

April 2017

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