We’re living at a time when change is a normal part of our lives.
Less than 30 years ago very few of us had heard of the internet, there certainly wasn’t broadband or on-line shopping. Just 20 years ago we wouldn’t have dreamed of carrying computers around in our pockets, using our phones to take photographs, watch films or find our way around.
Technology is changing how we do things in our personal lives and the world of work and there are other influences too such as younger people having different expectations from work, more mobility and the way we behave changing. Many commentators are describing it as the Fourth Industrial Revolution and saying, like the first, it will be driven by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths).
So what might work be like in 10 – 20 years’ time? We can make some predictions, but clearly no-one knows for certain. Here’s what we think:
- Effective personal skills will become even more important, for example flexibility, resilience, curiosity, communication skills, emotional intelligence, ability to learn and re-learn.
- People comfortable with numbers and maths will be at an advantage, because of the science, technology and engineering and because they’ll be confident analysing data.
- We’ll all need to keep learning throughout our lives so we can continue to do a good job as things change.
- Artificial Intelligence and technology will play a significantly larger role.
- Many of our jobs will be more interesting, less routine, problem solving, being creative.
- Many of us may work with more than one organisation on a project type basis.
- Workplaces will be more inclusive.
Take a look to see what others’ are saying:
World Economic Forum - PDF
Boston Dynamics The Future of Work: Will Our Children Be Prepared? - YouTube
Daniel Susskind – 3 myths about the future of work (and why they’re not true) - TED Talk
Andrew McAfee – What will future jobs look like? - TED Talk
David Lee – Why jobs of the future won’t feel like work – TED Talk
Conor McLaughlin – The Future of Work – TED Talk
Volker Hirsch - AI & The Future of Work – TED Talk
David Simpson – Our Post-Human Future – TED Talk
Patricia Romboletti – Leveraging The Gig Economy – TEDx
The 5 Trends Shaping the Future of Work – Jacob Morgan – YouTube
Why Finland has the best education system in the world – Michael Moore - YouTube