Looking ahead at the the how, what, where and when of work is going to evolve as we move into a 6 career 14 job lifetime, that spans 80 years of work and 120 of life, that sees us with a work portfolio rather than a single job at any one time and working where and when it’s appropriate rather than the necessity of a 9-5 Monday to Friday norm.
I took this chat to Sky Business’s Your Career program and discussed it with Ingrid Willinge (presenter) and Professor Ray Markey, the Director of the Centre for Workplace Futures.
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With all the understandable uncertainty around jobs and careers triggered by Holden and Toyota’s recent shutdown announcements listeners to Geoff’s ABC Perth Breakfast show were wondering what their kids should be studying and what Future careers might be available to them.
We started by looking at the realty that many of today’s careers are going to stick around including healthcare which according to Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) will see job demand increase by 13% between now and 2017, retail trade will have a 8.9% increase in job demand and construction will have a 10.1% increase in job demands.
Other jobs, in particular routinised easily transferred to machinery jobs, will decrease and fall away.
We chatted about today’s school leavers having 6 careers and 14 jobs in their 60 years of work and 120 years of life and the notion that work, what it is and how it’s done will be very different in the future as we begin to evolve and innovate new jobs, tasks and industries that today are unthinkable.
Some of these future jobs will include Transhumanist Engineers who will undertake a HR role and employ both people and machinery/robots and teach both to work harmoniously with each other. Data Scientists (someone who manages and makes sense of data) are on the rise in geek land and will become a must have employee over the next few years as are Genetic Counsellors and Telematic Engineers.
The employment world of tomorrow is evolving. On one end of the work spectrum we are returning to a pre-industrial time where work was decentralised, transitory and time appropriate and on the other end of the work spectrum we will continue to have professions that will always require substantial labour, infrastructure and and resource investments and in between these two book ends we will see a plethora of endless physical and digital career and work style possibilities.
Have a listen now to the interview and then share your thoughts on the careers and industries of the future.
As a baby boomer, my world of education asked me at the end of my final year of high school to make one (1) career choice and to get a job a trade or a qualification in it. My employer would promote and reward me for my longevity and at the end of my 40 years retire me, hand me over to the government for a pension and to my family for my final golden years.
Today’s kids have no promise of job tenure, but instead will have six (6) careers and 14 jobs in their lifetime. They will work until their mid 80″s, live to 120 years of age and work in a digitally connected world in careers and jobs that we can not imagine today.
Over the next 40 years industries, professions, careers, job titles, job roles, daily tasks will fall away, rise and be born and work styles, habits, work hours, work places and work technologies will all evolve to replace the previous normal.
The challenge facing us is how do we educate today’s children for a world none of us can accurately predict and will largely be up to them to innovate and invent. How do we impart and measure life long knowledge and wisdom through an education system that is itself changing daily and in a world where debate is rife around what education is, when it is gained and what it should be.
This was the starting point of this mornings regular chat with David Dowsett of ABC Wide Bay, so have a listen now, read through my earlier article on tomorrow’s career choices and let me know what you think we need to do to get our kids job ready for the world of tomorrow.
To have the TEDx stage for 18 minutes is a privilege and an honor. To use this global platform to tell the story of my family’s past, to introduce my ancestors who have not been spoken of or seen in over 70 years to a worldwide audience that they could never have imagined and to combine all of this with my love of the infinite possibilities of the future and what we must each do to allow these opportunities into our lives is a gift that I will cherish forever – thank you!!
I would love you to watch it, like it and leave a comment to let me know what you see ahead and what excess baggage you’re leaving behind to make room for the future and an enormous thank you to the 1,000+ people that watched it within the first 24 hours of it being put up on YouTube.
Following the announcements of 240 sackings at Ford, Larry and Kylie of Channel 7’s Morning Show asked the question is this the end of sackings? Are there more industry’s in decline and more tough time ahead? and what industry’s might be rising and promising a brighter future.
Watch this interview for my thoughts on which industry’s are in decline and which are rising and where the more future proof career paths may be.