To make sense of these scary stats and what you can do to prepare for your future, FYA brings you 3 things you can do to prepare for the future of work feat. two legends grappling with this issue.
There’s been a lot of discussion about the future of work of late. In case you missed it, FYA released a report a little while ago that made us internet famous* (check out Pedestrian’s article) about robots taking jobs and everything changing.
*Not really. We wish.
We chatted to Corinda (18 years old & starting her career journey) and Cheree (28 years old & co-founder of Social Pops, an organization helping unemployed young people get jobs) and asked for their advice on how to get ready for the future of work.
Build skills that will prepare you for many jobs (and look great on your CV)
Corinda finished school last year and not sure of her next steps, decided to defer from starting university.
“My advice is to students completing year 12 and who are not quite sure what to do next is to involve yourself in activities outside of the school environment which can spark interest and develop skills which will allow you to learn how you contribute best and collaborate with others.”
The skills Corinda is talking about are what we call enterprise skills. While you might not recognise the term, we bet you’ve heard of (and already have) a lot of these skills. Employers, educators and researchers agree that these skills are vital to your future career.
Enterprise skills are the transferable skills you can use across many jobs that will help you as work changes into the future (but more on what this looks like later). Maths and English skills are still important, but enterprise skills (see infographic) include the social and thinking skills that you need to work effectively with people and some of the hard skills that will be vital for the future of work, like digital literacy.
Want to brush up on some of this stuff? Check out our Samsung Adappt Academy videos for a crash course in some of these things.
Go out and try things
Cheree knows what it is like to unsure about where to start when thinking about jobs and study.
“I remember being asked what my career path was when I was 17. No idea! Young people can’t be expected to know what they want to be doing without giving a few things a go.”
But how do we work out where to start? Here are a couple of Cheree’s suggestions:
“Volunteering at local organisations or committing to work experience offers young people an opportunity to explore themselves, gain skills, and develop a hands-on understanding of different work environments and roles before making any decisions. Attend networking events, and just start talking to everyone possible about job opportunities.”
Corinda had a go and after a year of exploring opportunities and building skills Corinda has a much clearer idea of what to do.
“I have found the degree that I want to start out with, which I am passionate about and which I am certain will lead me on varying and exciting unknown paths. I dream of being able to do a whole lot of exciting and differing jobs that explore my passions and which respond to the changing picture of work in the future.”
And the good news? Having a go at these types of activities helps you get a clearer understanding on what you want to do, but is also a great way to build some of those enterprise skills.
The future of work is not all bad and the robots are not coming just yet.
FYA’s report looks into how the 3 big trends of automation, globalisation and collaboration will change work in the next 10-15 years. Yes some jobs are at risk of disappearing (for example checkout operators and office administration workers) but this doesn’t mean new jobs won’t be created in the future too.
What we do know is future of work will look very different and it’s estimated a 15 year old today will have 5 career changes and 17 jobs over their working life. During this time you will have a greater chance to work overseas and greater opportunity to try out lots of different jobs rather than sticking to one area. You’ll need to be adaptable and enterprising but you have a greater opportunity to build a career that suits you too.
If you take Cheree and Corinda’s advice to try new things and develop skills that are transferable across many jobs there is an opportunity for you to build an exciting and meaningful career.
The bottom line is, try new things and build skills that you can use in any of your 17 future jobs.