how to re-invent yourself for the future of work
Recent reports released by the World Economic Forum on the future of work, highlight a dire need for focused effort on re-training and re-skilling millions of today’s workforce, just to keep up with global technological advances. This disruption can bring on a feeling of fear and uncertainty in some. Reality however is, that the rapidly changing landscape could finally free us from the industrial era shackles, enabling us to reinvent ourselves and pursue more engaging, fulfilling work.
The factory model
Firstly, a short history refresher.
The first industrial revolution (18th-19th century), driven by significant advances in manufacturing, technology and agriculture, has greatly influenced education and society as we know it today. The impact of such transformation produced a standardised education system to enable and support people in performing menial factory tasks. And so the ‘factory model’ education system was born.
The 4th industrial revolution
That brings us to today.
In the midst of another industrial revolution, this time with Ai and robots to make it interesting, most of today’s teaching models are still remnant of the early 19th century. As highlighted by Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott in their book 100 year life, our expected career length is increasing from 60-70 years, average tenure in a job decreasing to 4.5 years and shelf life of a skill is decreasing to 5 years. Innovation in how we can quickly adapt and develop new skills for the future of work is paramount.
Here is where our opportunity lies.
While no one can predict specific skill requirements for the future of work, there are now more and more innovative technologies and platforms that can enable us to transition and reshape our careers.
An explosion in online learning tools like Kahn academy, Udemy and Udacity are enabling anyone with an internet connection to continuously update and expand their current skill set, whether inline with their current work or just out of interest. This interactive self paced learning provides opportunities that were not long ago only taught in a classroom.
Open career models
The sudden shift from permanent employee to freelancing isn’t just a fad. This dynamic way of working is creating great opportunities for both individuals and companies alike. A static job was once clearly defined, requiring only specified skills. Now with the increase in flexible project based roles, skills and knowledge are constantly needing to be developed.
Data matching your career
Using an intelligent data approach, forward-thinking platforms are connecting people to projects, roles and tasks, through considering individuals transferable skills, passions and preferences. Companies like F ECTIVE have created a platform for members to openly consider their career and personal goals, aligning their true needs to greatly improve productivity and engagement.
Our challenge in this ever changing world is to take advantage of these easily accessible tools and platforms. Willingness to adopt life-long learning will play an integral part in curating our own success for the future of work. Through these opportunities we can quickly respond to changes, empowering us with the potential to shape a more engaging and fulfilling career.
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