CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 02, 2014
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How You Can Future Proof Your Career - Infographic


There is nothing as certain in the world today as the prospect of constant and rapid change.  The notion of a job for life is, therefore, an increasingly flimsy one, and the key for career success will therefore depend upon being able to sense what trends are emerging, and adapt your skills accordingly.

Australian recruitment agency, Ayers have attempted to provide some guidance to help you plot your way through the challenging landscape.

They outline some of the trends impacting upon the workplace today, including the fast rise in service sector jobs, which accounted for nearly 50% of all new jobs around the world in 2013.

They go on to outline what they believe will be the top 10 jobs in 2022:

  1.      Registered nurse
  2.      General/operations managers
  3.      Software developer
  4.      Specialist physician and surgeon
  5.      Accountant and auditor
  6.      Management analyst
  7.      Computer systems analyst
  8.      Elementary school teacher
  9.      Carpenter
  10.   Lawyer

Skills of the future

The graphic goes on to outline 6 key disruptive influences on the workforce that will impact the skills that are marketable in future:

  1.      The workforce will be living longer than ever before
  2.      Smart machines will replace and co-exist alongside us in the workforce
  3.      Everything will be programmable, and our interaction with data will increase
  4.      A new ecosystem will emerge enabling us to communicate with each other in different ways
  5.      New technologies and social platforms will underpin organisational restructuring
  6.      A global and connected world will place diversity and adaptability at the forefront of operations

It then outlines the key skills for the future workplace.

  1.      Sense making: the ability to define meaning from what is expressed
  2.      Social intelligence: the ability to interact with others in a deep way
  3.      Adaptive thinking: the ability to think creatively and instinctively
  4.      Cultural intelligence: the ability to operate across cultures
  5.      Computational thinking: the ability to understand and translate large data sets
  6.      New media literacy: the ability to navigate the online landscape
  7.      Generalism: the ability to understand many topics
  8.      Design mindset: the ability to express yourself visually
  9.      Cognitive load management: the ability to filter information and manage multiple projects
  10.   Virtual collaboration: the ability to work with colleagues you may never see

How do you score on these skills?  Do you possess these skills already?  If you don’t, what are your plans for acquiring these skills to prepare yourself for the future?

Let me know in the comments below.

Infographic Source: Learning in the Workplace

Commissioned by Ayers.com.au

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