Following the report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills about the future of jobs in 2030; futurologists warn that it would be wrong to assume that today’s money spinning careers such as banking or law – will remain the best paid jobs of the future.
In fact, Oxford University academics Michael Osborne and Carl Frey have calculated how susceptible to automation each job is based on nine key skills required to perform it - social perceptiveness, negotiation, persuasion, assisting and caring for others, originality, fine arts, finger dexterity, manual dexterity and the need to work in a cramped work space. You can even go to the BBC Technology page and type in your job title to see how susceptible to automation your job may be. Job titles that do not exist now, such as a “vertical farmer” or a “body part maker”, could be mainstream professions, in much the same way that social media consultants have emerged in the past five years. In fact I am seriously considering changing jobs from Careers Adviser to Robot Counsellor!
The overwhelming message coming through is that as individuals we need to take greater personal responsibility for acquiring and continuously updating skills to remain employable in a rapidly changing workplace. The Careers Service are hosting a really interesting workshop this Wednesday led by Work Ready Graduates. The focus of the session is to equip you with the skills needed to spot opportunities and to effectively harness and develop your skills to ensure you remain employable in the future.
You may also want to look at this excellent inforgraphic created by the University of Kent and Headway Recruitment that shows how current desired job skills, contrast expected future skills.