Do you know a young person? Do you want to help them to have a bright work future?
The future of work is not going to change, it has changed, big time. We need to better prepare young people for ongoing change to the world of work.
A technological revolution has already occurred that has fundamentally altered the way we live, work, and relate to one another. Its scale, scope, and complexity will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
There are three key forces shaping the future of work – automation, globalisation and flexibility.
Some 40 per cent of current jobs are considered at high risk of automation. We’re already speaking to artificial intelligence (AI) and don’t even know it.
Soon, cars and trucks will drive themselves.
Robots can already perform operations. They will serve in restaurants and supermarkets, the workplace domain of many young people.
Self-serve checkouts and self-ordering kiosks are already here.
In terms of globalisation, many service jobs can be performed remotely or globally.
When you speak to your bank, telco or airline, you’re often speaking to someone outside of Australia.
Work is becoming more flexible and casualised with more people also holding multiple jobs. In mid-2016, 763,000 Australians held a second job, a 9 per cent increase over a six-year period.
Foundation Youth Australia’s (FYA) report The New Work says today’s school children will have more complex paths to a complex working life.
They will have, on average, 17 different jobs across five different careers.
There will be more career starts and stops for them and they are likely to have more than one job at a time at some stage.
According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge Insight Report, 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will work in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.
They will be using technologies that haven’t been invented yet to solve problems that haven’t emerged.
Look up Upwork’s list of the top 20 fastest-growing freelancing skills. I guarantee most of us would be likely to know what half of them mean.
It is no wonder that employers are already reporting mismatches in the skills young people are learning and those that industry requires.
Young people need skills and experience for jobs of the future not the past. FYA has found current careers advice is outdated for the new work order.
Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said: “We cannot always build for the future of our youth but we can build our youth for the future.”
Young people need skills for jobs of the future not the past.
The above scenarios are not meant to be doom and gloom – just reality.
The world of work will continue to be filled with wonderful work opportunities for personal growth and satisfaction.
We need to give young people skills for the new world of work and realise these skills are transferable. When a person trains for or works in one job, they acquire skills for 13 other jobs according to FYA.
Over the next two decades, the jobs least likely to be automated are those that involve creative intelligence, social intelligence and problem solving.
Young people need the following 10 enterprise and employability skills: confidence, communication, creativity, project management, enthusiasm for learning, critical thinking, teamwork, digital literacy, financial literacy and global citizenship.
How can we help our young people and their children be ready for the future of work?
We need to provide accurate careers information about where future jobs will exist and expose kids more to these opportunities. We are seeing curriculum changes to support the development of these new order skills. We need to do more from early in primary school and build consistently, year on year.
Young people can access local programs, including the Hunter Futurepreneurship program, Young Business Minds, Youth Frontiers and Destination Create, to gain entrepreneurial skills and assistance for starting multiples careers.
Industry and parents need to be involved with students and schools in codesigning future of work opportunities in and outside the classroom.
This must include more opportunities for young people to learn through experience, immersion and with peers and business.
I am running some free future of work seminars for parents and young people in the Hunter in December.