Bournemouth based recruitment specialists, Jobshop UK, has advised people to think about jobs of the future, and arm themselves with those skills before embarking upon career paths for jobs which may no longer exist in a few years’ time.
With analysts, PwC, estimating that 10 million (30%) of jobs in the UK will be lost to automation within the next 15 years, it’s not just the usual factory and technology jobs which will be taken over by robots and artificial intelligence (AI).
Tracey Wood, director at Jobshop UK, explained: “Although recruitment is always about the ‘here and now,’ a future-focused mind-set is key to pre-empting future skills’ needs, driving innovation and harnessing new technology.
“Although some people are fearful of automation and of AI’s taking over millions of jobs, it is predicted that they will also create many more new roles than they take, and those jobs will be in more interesting fields and involve knowledge creation and innovation.
“As recruitment professionals, we have a huge amount of expertise to share with young people and can help build the bridge between education and work, so it is paramount that we focus on driving engagement by going into schools and colleges, building relationships, and simply being available for them to offer advice and guidance.
“Thinking outside the box is going to become a key skill for the future. Mental flexibility to be able to see the bigger picture and rearrange things in order to find solutions is a highly developable skill, which almost anyone can achieve with practice.
“In a world where technology is automating many of the jobs that currently exist, jobs which require critical thinking is another area which will see a boom. Employers will be seeking people who are able to analyse various situations quickly, consider multiple solutions, and make decisions using fly-through logic and reasoning.
“For those whose strengths lay in the creative sector, there’s more good news. Whilst robots may be better at calculations and diagnostics, creating original content and abstract thinking is a skill they are not so good at, so the more creative you are, the more job opportunities will be open to you in the future.
An all too underrated skill, and something many put on their C.V.’s without much thought, is actually another area of expertise pretty much unique to we humans, and that is, ‘people skills.’
Employers will always need people who can manage staff by being empathetic and who able to listen to any problems or grievances in order help keep a harmonious status quo. Don’t underestimate the power of being a people person.”
Interestingly, the report by PwC also highlighted that because women tend to work in sectors that require a higher level of education and social skills, they would be less in jeopardy of losing their jobs than men, who were more likely to work in sectors such as manufacturing and transportation. Thirty-five per cent of male jobs were identified as being at high risk against 26% of female jobs.
Tracey, continued: “We actually believe there will be more of a balance and equality to careers in the future, where we can expect to see job titles such as, re-wilding strategist; freelance bio-hacker; virtual habitat designer; sustainable power innovator, and even a human body designer to engineer replacement body tissues. The internet of things (IoT) is a term we were not using a few years ago, but it is now changing the world we live in, and there are already courses available for people to train as IoT data creatives, who use all the information provided by the billions of devices connected to the internet in a useful and meaningful way.
“In a nutshell, future employers will require critical thinking, creativity, and emotional intelligence, so in the future workforce, there is certainly a job for everyone.”