Michelle Gibbings, author of Career Leap and founder of Change Meridian joins Dave on weekend wonderings to look at Career Advice heading in 2019 2020 and beyond.
For children growing up now, the workplace of today will not be their workplace of tomorrow. McKinsey predicts that by 2030, 375 million workers globally will have to master new skills as current jobs evolve alongside the rise of AI and capable machines. Career expert Michelle Gibbings says getting ready for this evolving future is about equipping kids with the skills to thrive through change and to think adaptively so they have options. Here, Michelle outlines the top 5 things we need to make kids aware of as they prepare for the new workforce:
Own their brand
In a world where everyone has a digital footprint, getting children to recognise and accept the impact – both positively and negatively – that their footprint has on their career is essential. They need to own their brand from an early age. A person’s personal brand is essentially what springs to mind when people think about them. It’s created through a combination of what a person says and does, and is what they are known for. All of which is reinforced through social media and digital platforms.
Don’t lock in too early
The 2016 Growing Up in Australia report by the Australian Institute of Family studies found that six in ten 14-15 year olds knew what job they wanted. Of these, 60% aspired to professional or managerial jobs; jobs that make up only 35% of the current Australian labour market. In a rapidly changing workplace, looking at career options too narrowly can limit their choices. By the time they enter the workplace there will be roles that currently we’ve never heard of. It pays to look broadly, to experiment and to be open to career ideas that on the surface may not yet look plausible.
Fall in love with learning
Encourage children to love learning because they are going to need to continuously learn and evolve throughout their career. Estimates suggest that children today will have at least 5 careers and more than 17 different employers during their working life. Consequently, a sustainable career requires them to have the willingness and eagerness to continuously look at their skill set, identify what needs to be refined, improved and acquired, and then to take the necessary action.
Emotional intelligence matters
We’ve long known the importance of emotional intelligence, and into the future it will be even more important as it is one of the core skills that can’t be mastered by robots. Being resilient, adaptable and able to regulate emotions underpins this. Encouraging children to see the investment in understanding themselves – who they are, what motivates them, what they stand for and how to best manage themselves – are life skills that are just as essential as technical skills.
Don’t forget the old rules
While the world is changing, many of the old rules of career success still hold true. It will always pay to work hard, be focused and deliberate about the choices a person is making. Additionally, build strong relationships with people and always seek to do more than is asked of you.