Technology is replacing many hum drum or dated aspects of day-to-day work with new opportunities, roles and expanding industries. But what does that mean for the workforce?
Business futurologists predict that new job opportunities could include robot designers, gene programmers or even replacement body part makers. People will be needed for these newly created fields and it is through transferable skills that many will find themselves in roles they never imagined.
Even the way we work is changing. Increasingly we are seeing the workforce shift toward project-style and contract work, says futurologist Craig Rispin. The concept is similar to how Hollywood works, people work on one movie (project) and when that’s finished they market themselves for the next one, says Rispin. In some industries, this approach will wave goodbye to the traditional 9 – 5 and open the door to more varied careers and opportunities.
What’s important to remember is that this is not the first time the workforce has been through a revolution. Technology has been transforming the way we work for decades. Just think of the printing press. Until it came along books were copied by hand. Computing arrived after World War 2 and removed a lot of monotonous tasks for people. Then in the 1990s the Internet arrived and along with it came changes across almost every industry.
The key to success in an evolving landscape, says Rispin is to harness the transferable skills that have proven to transcend time. These include:
The key to success in an evolving landscape, says Rispin is to harness the transferable skills that have proven to transcend time.
The most important thing is not to try and do this all yesterday. You already have more transferable skills than you think and if you want more, write yourself a “transferable skills development” plan and take baby steps that you review weekly or monthly to ensure you’re making progress.