Worried about what the future of work is going to look like and whether or not you’ll need to be able to build a robot to get a job? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
There’s been quite a bit of chat of late about what the future of work will look like and which jobs will be around.
So here at FYA we decided to cut to the chase so young people like you can prep for what’s in store.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to get our hands on a time machine so we could jump forward 50 years and check things out.
Instead we (well not us specifically, but some close friends who are really good with numbers) took a look at 2.7 million job ads. This showed that to be ready for the changes that are coming we should be thinking about skills, not jobs.
“But why!?” you ask. Great question.
Well when we looked at this huge number of job ads all together and the skills you need for them (again, it was the numbers people), we found that they can be organised into 7 clusters where the skills are closely related.
In fact, when you train for or work in one job, you develop skills that could be applied, on average, in 13 other jobs – woah!
This means that instead of trying to answer the super annoying question that people always ask, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?,’ you can now just ignore them!
Instead you can look at the clusters and think about which one of them you’re best suited to and interested in as well as which cluster is mostly likely to stick around.
By figuring this out you can then think about the portfolio of skills that would make you employable within this cluster and work to develop this skill set.
As you go through your career, you’ll probably have to develop more skills along the way, so it’s important to have an appetite for lifelong learning – yum!
To get started you can also look at the jobs within your cluster that you could get early career experience with to help you build your portfolio of skills asap.
This means that as the future economy evolves and certain jobs disappear because of automation and new jobs appear (magic!) you’ll have a more transferable set of skills that are likely to make you more employable across the board.
On top of this, if you have transferrable enterprise skills, like project management and digital skills, you’ll be in an even better position. Take a look at this article to find out what the hell these are.
This probably sounds like a lot to take on but don’t stress, it’s not all on you. We are keen to see government, employers, teachers, universities and young people come together to think about how they could apply this new way of thinking across the board.
So in short, the answer is no. You don’t need to be able to build a robot to get a job in the future. Well you could if you want, but it’s not the only option.
Our economy is going to be much more diverse than that and we reckon there’s a cluster for everyone!