The changing world of work and the impact that digital disruption and the “gig economy” will have on careers and job prospects was a common topic of conversation among the career guidance professionals at the annual CDANZ symposium in Auckland, New Zealand, recently. The inaugural Work in Progress conference held in Wellington a week later had a similar focus.
While there is a sense of excitement and optimism about the future, particularly for innovative and entrepreneurial people who appreciate freedom and flexibility, others are talking about the real risk of workers being exploited in an environment in which short-term contracting and freelancing become the norm. Attendees were also concerned about how little we understand about the impact that artificial intelligence may have on jobs.
The good news is that people across sectors and in government are talking about these issues and making preparations. The bad news is, not enough people are considering what it might mean for them.
What will your career look like in the future?
There is no crystal ball that will provide the answer for what you will be doing to earn a living 10 years from now. But what is certain is that the world will be very different, and so will the way we work.
According to a recent report by New Work Smarts, there will be less routine, manual tasks and workers will spend more time focusing on people, solving strategic problems and thinking creatively. People are likely to have portfolio careers, potentially having 17 different jobs over five careers in their lifetimes. According to the report, “They might be self-employed, working for other people or doing both—whilst also collaborating with people on the other side of the world.”
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