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COVID and the resulting global slowdown have thrown the labour market into disarray and sped up the transition to futuristic jobs. We’ve arrived at a pivotal moment: the choices and decisions we make now will affect not only our lives and livelihoods but those of entire generations.

Youth should be a time for dreams, discoveries, exploration, growth and adventures–not the solitude and stalemate COVID-19 has brought about. But there are plenty of exciting opportunities ahead as the labour market recovers and adapts. The trick will be positioning yourself to upskill and seize them as they arise.

Continual learning will be key, and polishing your skills will give you a firm head start. The World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020 estimates that every second employee today will need reskilling in the coming years. Why such an impact on an already ever-changing market? Because technology. It underpins the growth of many new jobs.

Research shows that by 2025:

  • 97 million jobs could be created that are better suited to the current labour division between humans, computers, and algorithms.

  • 85 million jobs may be lost as a result of a change in the division of labour between humans and machines.

To get an idea, here’s a list of 10 jobs adapted to the new division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms:

  1. Data Analysts and Scientists

  2. AI and Machine Learning Specialists

  3. Big Data Specialists

  4. Digital Marketing and Strategy Specialists

  5. Process Automation Specialists

  6. Business Development Professionals

  7. Digital Transformation Specialists

  8. Information Security Analysts

  9. Software and Applications Developers

  10. FinTech Engineers

These jobs reflect an increasing demand for green economy employment, positions at the frontline of data and AI, as well as new roles in manufacturing, cloud computing, and product creation due to emerging new technologies, as well as growing demand for new products and services.

If none of the above roles stirs you up, here’s another 10 for you:

  1. Project Managers

  2. Business Services and Administration Managers

  3. Database and Network Professionals

  4. Robotics Engineers

  5. Strategic Advisors

  6. Management and Organization Analysts

  7. Mechanics and Machinery Repairers

  8. Organizational Development Specialists

  9. Risk Management Specialists

  10. Internet of Things Specialists

Technological disruptions are coming of age at the same time as you. With the right insights, you can pivot towards opportunity and grab your professional future with both hands.

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