Future-Proof Your Career: Five Skills for the Future Workforce
“Global connectivity, smart machines, and new media are just some of the drivers reshaping how we think about work, and the skills that will be most in demand for the future. What skills are likely to be highly in demand for your future? The answers include languages skills – because business is increasingly connected and global. Also sense-making skills combined with science and technology literacy will be key because even though computers can deal with many number-crunching tasks, it takes higher-level thinking skills to interpret the deeper meaning in the data.” – Phillip Allen, Market Intelligence & Research Manager, UTS:INSEARCH.
The workforce is rapidly changing and so are the jobs that are available. Jobs that are available today may not exist tomorrow. According to the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) technological changes could eliminate millions of jobs over the next fifteen years – Chief Executive of CEDA, Professor Stephen Martin predicts up to 40 per cent of jobs in Australia will not exist. However this forecast is not unique to Australia – it is a trend and pattern gaining force globally as the human population matures into its highly connected, technological world.
New jobs will emerge as traditional approaches to how we work and what we do for work continue to transform. These future jobs require future work skills. Below are five future work skills identified by the University of Phoenix Research Institute’s Institute for the Future (IFTF) – skills required to be productive and successful in the jobs of the future:
Social intelligence. Social intelligence is of utmost importance to future workers, integral for teamwork, collaboration and building trust. While robots and machines may be replacing repetitive, low-skill jobs, they are not able to display emotion like a human being, nor are they readily able to alter their language and body language to suit the disposition of those they work with.
Cross-cultural competency. Advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and transportation mean issues of time and space are a thing of the past. Research indicates that diversity in the workplace drives innovation, making it a valuable competency to all organisations. Future workers are expected to work with people from all around the world, in person or remotely, so an ability to adapt to different cultural contexts is crucial.
New-media literacy. Social media and emerging technologies have dramatically changed the way how we communicate. We are witnessing only the beginning of how this impacts the way organisations interact with their consumers. Communication is now highly visual, with images and video dominating our newsfeeds and web browsers. Future workers need to be savvy with these forms, able to create content that is multimodal, engaging and, most importantly, persuasive.
Transdiciplinarity. Tomorrow’s worker is not to be confined to the expertise of one field or discipline. While deeply knowledgeable in one area, they will be expected to be able to communicate in and work with a range of disciplines. Specialisation is going out of fashion, with transdisciplinary approaches seen to be the best method of approaching today’s global problems.
Virtual collaboration. ICTs enable prompt communication and exchange of ideas within dispersed groups. Future workers must be comfortable with working remotely and using collaborative platforms, and be able to create their own work environments to enhance productivity and well-being.
To find out more about how you can future-proof your career, join us at UTS:INSEARCH’s ‘Careers of the future’ Roadshow. The roadshow will include discussion panels on the topic of ‘Future Careers’, consisting of industry experts such as employers, researchers and graduates of both UTS:INSEARCH and UTS. UTS is a leader in creating better student outcomes. The UTS learning.futures model of practice-oriented, research inspired approach to learning helps to create highly employable graduates in a global workplace, equipping them with the skills you need to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce.
Come join us at the free event UTS:INSEARCH Roadshow for a better future:
Time: 9h30-11h00 Saturday, August 13th 2016
Venue: Intercontinental Asiana Hotel Saigon, Le Duan and Hai Ba Trung, district 1.
Time: 9h30-11h00 Sunday, August 14th 2016
Venue: Sofitel Metropole Hotel, 15 Ngo Quyen, Hoan Kiem disitrct.
Time: 17h00-18h30 Monday, August 15th 2016
Venue: Novotel Hotel, 36 Bach Dang, Hai Chau district