4 Jul 2017
“You must always be able to predict what’s next and then have the flexibility to evolve” — Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce
We all know the work world is changing. We believe in your capacity to achieve greatness from one industry to the next. Where there’s change there is opportunity.
The Australian employment landscape
According to researchers at Deloitte, the onset of automation, evolution of information networks, and acceptance of the gig economy (casual work) are turning the employment landscape on its head.
We live in an age where a doctor in a major city can use technology to treat a patient in a remote community, where a digital marketer needs to think in 24-hour time as they jump between writing, designing and coding, and where contract roles, remote workers, and self-employment are fast becoming the norm.
Even the experts from the World Economic Forum are backing this concept. They also see a future where the workforce is as broadly skilled as it is specialised, and where working across multiple borders, timelines and projects are routine.
Global job market statistics
Regardless of what industry you might be leaping into, consider the following:
- 69% of workers are employed full time, the lowest level on record
- 75% of youth in the labour force are working part time
- Over the next two decades, 35% of jobs in Australia will be eliminated by new technology
- The demand for critical thinking skills has risen by more than 158%
- The highest salaries in the job market now are for non-traditional office and non-office roles
Adapt by learning new job skills
How can you turn this to your advantage as you begin to build your career?
In the words of Malcolm X; “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
The Committee for Economic Development of Australia tells us that the starting point is coding, networking, and design skills that so many of us see as specialist, but will soon be a broad norm. But in addition to this there is a call for skills that no machine could ever truly master including problem-solving, teamwork and interpersonal negotiation. These are must-haves when guiding projects and securing new work.
For example, all of the below industries are powering forward with a focus on new skills:
- Business (professional services)
- Creative arts (acting, film, music, fashion)
- Built environment (engineering, architecture)
- Information technology (digital design, gaming, web development)
Can I learn all of this in a degree?
Recent research has highlighted that the traditional degree is no more a guarantee of success or high pay than your standard diploma. But what about doing both? Or doing a degree that is based on the hands-on approach of vocational education?
Our diploma and degrees are hands on, practical courses. Our degrees in particular are a natural evolution of all we have learned in our time, and what we have gained from working directly with top universities.
When the future is yours for the taking, why wait to make great?
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