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How to survive globalisation

The future of work is wildly discussed in today’s society. Which jobs will survive over time, which new ones will be created, which old ones will have to go?


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According to research from the Foundation for Young Australians today's students will have an average of four careers and 17 different jobs in their lifetime. This will result in a high demand of flexibility and a will to continuously change in how, what and where they will work.

Three topics will dominate the future of work:

  • Automation - creating ever smarter machines and robots
  • Globalisation - working with an international workforce
  • Collaboration - experiencing many jobs and employers, sometimes even simultaneously.

The Foundation estimates that in the coming decade:

  • 44 per cent of jobs will be automated.
  • 60 per cent of current students are studying for careers that will not exist.
  • Young people will have 17 new jobs across 5 different careers.

So what kind of skill set will young people need to navigate these growing and ever changing demands in the future? According to Harvard University Professor, Dr Tony Wagner, there are seven traits that will assure employment outside of an initial first career:

  1. Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  2. Collaboration and lead by influence
  3. Agility and adaptability
  4. Effective oral and written communication
  5. Initiative and entrepreneurism
  6. Assessing and analysing information
  7. Curiosity and imagination

Read more at Tony Wagner and FYA

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