You may be feeling that your future is spinning out of control. Breathless reports of the latest discovery that is going to take your job add to the confusion.
The skills you need to survive in the future won’t be too different to ones you needed in the past.
1. Be Aware
Keep up with changes so that they aren’t overwhelming:
World Economic Forum Newsletter
The World Economic Forum is the leader in thinking about how to cope with the future. They don’t have all the answers but they are the smartest. They meet in Davos each year to talk about issues and they are a conduit to reports and advice.
You can subscribe to their emails here.
Naked Scientist Podcast
I liked the information about emerging jobs in this Naked Scientist podcast on Life in the Year 2100. Go to the 24 minute mark to get to the best bits.
The Third Industrial Revolution Video
For something radical and inspiring go to Jeremy Rivkin’s iconic Third Industrial Revolution. He paints a bleak picture for a lot of the video but comes up with optimistic positive strategies later.
The New Work Smarts
Any of the reports from the Foundation for Young Australians provide great guidance about where we are heading and what to do. Perhaps the New Work Smarts provides the clearest direction on how to create your work safety net.
2. Build a Strong Network
Your family and friends will be your support framework throughout your life. They will celebrate your wins and help you when you are down.
A strong network doesn’t just happen. You may be lucky and have a great family. Your school may be a honey pot of fantastic friends. Or you may have to design your own network. Choose carefully.
Don’t waste time on losers. Think about the sorts of friends you want. Don’t suck up to them. Check out who is around.
This Coggle map I named Stand on the Shoulders of Giants. It may give you some ideas on how to consciously and deliberately build a strong network.
3. Be Good at Something
Alan Finkle is Australia’s Chief Scientist. He recommends that you develop “T shaped” skills.
First, be aware that employers look for “T-Shaped” individuals, where the vertical pole of the T represents deep discipline-specific knowledge and the horizontal bar of the T represents 21st Century skills. Restrict your focus to one or the other and you will be limiting your employment options.
Don’t expect to leave school, uni or TAFE and be the expert. Speak to any employers and they will give you examples where the person with the better interpersonal skills got the job over the academic expert. It has never been more important to keep on learning in order to remain the expert.
So, what next?
I keep researching and networking to keep up to speed with what is happening. It can be overwhelming but careers teachers are keeping their eye on the ball and they are the best ones to go to for information and advice.
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