It has become increasingly clear that workplaces of today will hardly be recognisable within the next decade or two. According to the Foundation for Young Australians, by 2030, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. This will require preparation for the future and urgently shift our understanding of what the new work order will mean.
Experts agree the increasing casualisation of jobs and the rise of freelance or contingency workers is not a fad, but a long term trend which will become centrepieces of future workplaces.
Further, the impact of technology will have widespread implications for the type of roles which exist. A survey of 200 CEOs and Chief HR Officers conducted by Gartner owned, CEB found these groups believe 14 per cent of jobs will be automated over the next three years.
While many jobs will disappear with the advent of automation, artificial intelligence and robotics, many will be enhanced and more will appear...many of which we cannot currently imagine.
Every trend, as described in MediaPost's Death of the Company Man points to economies where "more people will work for themselves than for corporations (by 2027)...because they want to. This group is preparing for the future more swiftly than traditional employees (including) putting time aside to learn new skills" at a greater rate than traditional corporate employees.
In order to be both agile and 'valuable' in this new work order, workers will be required to not only learn 'future skills' including critical analysis and both computation and creative thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration, they will need to understand and develop skills in operating an enterprise because that 'enterprise' will be them.
Citizens will look not just for 'jobs' but for revenue streams (via projects, short-term contracts and/or fixed employment with short tenures). The likelihood is that teenagers today will have 17 different jobs across 5 careers^. How they manage themselves as a business (from marketing, financials, operations and resourcing) will determine their success in winning and succeeding in 'business' and being able to seamlessly switch between work 'gigs' and industries.
As emphasised in the Foundation for Young Australians' report, The New Work Smarts, 'enterprise' and communication skills, which are portable across jobs and industries, will be most important for future workers who need to be adaptable as career paths change.
Forthcoming disruptive forces mean embracing technology and developing strong digital literacy skills will be imperative for every worker, across every discipline. If we ignore the need, were in for a world of pain. If we embrace, there will be myriads of opportunities.
Almost anyone can learn the skills they need for a job...learning skills for jobs that are yet to exist, is quite something else. It will require preparedness with the development of soft skills and the capacity to continue to learn.
It's in everyone's best interests to develop future-skills, especially rich enterprise skills to ensure future-readiness.
Tip: See some of Australia's best future-skills providers and learn why these skills are important and more about future-readiness head to Full Circle Project.
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Source: ^ Foundation for Young Australians, Work Smarts
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