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:
Data Analysts and Scientists
AI and Machine Learning Specialists
Big Data Specialists
Digital Marketing and Strategy Specialists
Process Automation Specialists
Business Development Professionals
Digital Transformation Specialists
Information Security Analysts
Software and Applications Developers
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:
Business Services and Administration Managers
Database and Network Professionals
Management and Organization Analysts
Mechanics and Machinery Repairers
Organizational Development Specialists
Risk Management Specialists
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.