First things first: DON’T PANIC!
Scary Robot Overlords aren’t a thing just yet, even if AI and continuing technological developments are changing the way we work. The idea of preparing for jobs that don’t exist yet may seem challenging, but it can be done.
The first step to surviving in the future workplace is to never stop learning. We need to keep developing our skills, and learn new ones as we go along. The benefits of learning new skills is that it makes you adaptable and able to master new tasks – and it keeps your brain healthy, too!
Being multi-disciplined and multi-skilled will be important for thriving in the future workplace, says Amir Orad, CEO of business analytics software Sisense. “Our tradition of schooling from the Industrial Age makes you really, really good at one thing. I think that’s very dangerous.” So try a lot of stuff – having a variety of experience will prove valuable in the future!
If you haven’t figured out your skills yet, get started with our Skillsroad Career Quiz
– it will help you determine the areas you’re strong in.
How to keep learning
There are many ways to keep learning new skills. Structured learning includes apprenticeships and traineeships, university degrees, TAFE courses, or courses your workplace offers.
Other ways of learning include online short courses you can do for free, webinars and TED Talks, podcasts, reading books, hands-on learning while volunteering… Even your hobby could be a way to learn new skills: whether it’s woodworking, playing guitar, painting or creating arts and crafts.
We need to expect the unexpected – artificial intelligence and automation will change the jobs landscape in ways we can’t anticipate. Start by staying up to date with both culture and the latest technology. Be curious about the world around you and think about the different things you can offer to the future.
Soft Skills Rock
There are certain universal skills that will be very important for future work. These are the so-called “soft skills”, and they include learning more about stuff like art, philosophy, history, sociology, psychology and neuroscience.
According to the World Economic Forum, the ten important skills you’ll need to thrive in 2020 (and beyond!) are:
- Complex problem solving
- Critical thinking
- People management
- Coordinating with others
- Emotional intelligence
- Judgement and decision making
- Service orientation
- Cognitive flexibility
Types of work
Marty Neumeier, Director of CEO Branding for Liquid Agency, defines four types of work:
- Creative: Unique, imaginative, non-routine, and autonomous.
- Skilled: Standardised, talent-driven, professional, and directed.
- Rote: Interchangeable, routinised, outsourceable, and managed.
- Robotic: Algorithmic, computerised, efficient, and purchased.
He suggests focusing on creative work, because that is where you are likely to remain employable. But remember: you can be creative in your work regardless of the job you’re in or career pathway you’re following. Being “creative” doesn’t necessarily mean becoming an artist – it means being creative at and making the most of the job you’re in. And to never stop learning!
Get started: find your skills with the Skillsroad Career Quiz
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