JOBS OF THE FUTURE
How would you like a career as a “wholeness mentor”, an “excess capacity broker” or an “end-of-life coach”?
The jobs of the future may not exist yet, but TAFEs and universities have to start training workers in the skills they will need for them right now, an innovation expert has warned.
Nils Vesk, an “innovation architect” who has worked with companies including Microsoft, IBM, CommBank and Nestle, said the ageing population and rapidly changing technology were set to open up a host of new opportunities, but that current students were not being adequately prepared.
“Whatever people might have learnt at university or TAFE, the research shows your first year of information is almost irrelevant by the time you finish your degree,” he said, adding that by 2020 more than one-third of the desired skill sets for most occupations would be comprised of skills not yet considered crucial to jobs today.
“(The institutions are) going to have to know what the future jobs are and what they’re going to have to start thinking about training for, because at the moment these jobs don’t exist.”
It comes after a report by professional services firm EY earlier this month warned that nearly half of existing university degrees could be obsolete within a decade, leaving graduates with “more debt and poor job prospects” if Australia’s university system is not drastically overhauled.
In 2016, a report from the Committee for Economic Development predicted that 40 per cent of Australian jobs that exist today have a “moderate to high likelihood of disappearing in the next 10 to 15 years”.
Mr Vesk said from 2020 the country would see an explosion in jobs in data analytics and visualisation, installation, retrofitting, repair and maintenance of smart meters and renewable energy technologies, transportation and logistics, and industrial design.
He also predicted an increase in education and healthcare roles, particularly nurses, as well as specialised sales representatives, database and network professionals, engineering roles in materials, biochemicals, nanotech and robotics, information security analysts and regulatory and government relations specialists.
Mr Vesk said some of the “big sociocultural trends” included a global population that was expected to double in size by 2050, increasing the need for specialised aged care as life expectancy increases, and the rise of “customisation”.
Other trends would include the growing importance of food security, biosecurity, robotics and brain-machine interfaces, as well as the need for a new tier of mental health services.
Here’s some of what we can look forward to, according to Mr Vesk.
MEDICAL MENTOR: “Imagine you’ve just been to a doctor. ‘Here’s what they said, here’s your advice, but here’s what you’ve got to do to follow up on that.’ It’s almost like a nurse, but nurses don’t generally work in that way.
“It’s about saying, ‘OK, you’ve reached 80’, and looking at how we’re going to get you through the next 30 years not only physically but maintain your mobility, mental faculties and independence.” WHOLENESS MENTOR:
“In the past [life coaches] have been usually more around helping you get more money in your job. This is more around, it’s not all about the work.”
EXCESS CAPACITY BROKER:
“It’s taking a leaf out of the book from the sharing economy with Uber and Airbnb, and it’s going to be happening more in the business world.” – news.com.au