As over 200,000 year 12 students finish exams and prepare to take the next steps toward their working lives, a new report from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) shows we need to urgently shift our focus from jobs to skills to prepare them for the future of work.
The New Work Mindset analysed more than 2.7 million job advertisements to reveal 7 new job clusters in the Australian economy where the required skills are closely related and more portable than previously thought. When a person trains for or works in one job, they acquire skills for 13 other jobs.
FYA CEO, Jan Owen AM, said the report highlights that current careers advice is already outdated for the new work order our report series has predicted.
“At the moment much of the focus around the future of work is on which jobs will disappear and which will remain,” Ms Owen said.
“There is also an ongoing conversation regarding the importance of STEM in the new work order but how this is applied, with 7 out of 10 jobs needing digital skills in the near future, will need us to think more laterally.
“This report shows our mindset needs to shift to reflect a more dynamic future of work where linear careers are less likely to exist and young people will need a portfolio of skills and capabilities, including career management skills, to navigate multiple roles within a jobs cluster.
“By shifting our focus from jobs to skills and capabilities and understanding the most portable and in demand skills in the new economy, young people can work to equip themselves with the right portfolio of skills.”
Ms Owen said the report also shows the risks for young people in the New Work Order.
“This new data shows that not all the job clusters will have strong future prospects which may drive unemployment and inequality,” Ms Owen said.
“Young people need accurate information to help them make decisions about which job clusters they are most suited to and where they are likely to have most longevity.
“If we adjust our mindset towards how we approach our working lives and our existing systems we can help young people access to this information.
“Our government, employers, educators, tertiary institutions, young people and parents can embrace this new mindset by coming together to discuss how we can best prepare young people for the future of work.
“Throughout our New Work Order report series, we have highlighted the need to invest in a national enterprise skills and careers education strategy to help shape education in Australia.”
This report reinforces the need to invest in an enterprise skills and careers education strategy would ensure young people are developing a portfolio of transferable enterprise skills and provide information to help them navigate this changing world of work.
This strategy would:
- Begin early in primary school and build consistently, year on year, throughout high school.
- Be provided in ways that young people want to learn: through experience, immersion and with peers
- Provide accurate information about and exposure to future jobs and the skills to craft and navigate multiple careers
- Engage students, schools, industry and parents in co-designing opportunities in and outside the classroom.
For all media enquiries please contact FYA Media Manager, Shona McPherson via 0407 507 480.
About The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)
FYA is the only national independent non-profit organisation dedicated to all young people in Australia. We believe young people are not a problem to be helped or solved. They are ambitious, creative and capable of rethinking the world and solving tomorrow’s problems today. Delivering a range of initiatives (co)designed with young people, FYA aims to develop the skills, networks and ideas of young Australians so they can create a better future. www.fya.org.au
The New Work Order report series
Launched in 2015, the Foundation for Young Australians’ New Work Order report series shows that we’re facing the biggest disruption to the world of work since the industrial revolution. The reports highlight that the disruption brings opportunity for young people but only if we invest to ensure they have the skills and capabilities to overcome the challenges of change. To date, FYA has released 4 reports in the series, which can be read here.
The New Work Mindset is the fourth report in FYA’s New Work Order report series. The report analysed more than 2.7 million job advertisements using a new methodology which looked at the skills requested for each job and how similar they are to skills requested for other jobs. It shows that there are 7 new job clusters in the Australian economy where the required skills are closely related and more portable than previously thought. When a person trains for or works in one job, they acquire skills for 13 other jobs.