Non-routine jobs which need human problem solving, creativity, adaptability, flexibility, physical dexterity, and communication skills will be the jobs of the future.
So will jobs requiring physical proximity and interpersonal skills. Examples include engineering, design, construction, education, health services and care work.
Research from the Foundation for Young Australians found there were four key factors which could accelerate the transition from education to full-time work:
- an education that builds transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and team work
- being able to undertake relevant paid work experience
- finding employment in a sector that is growing
- an optimistic mindset
The NSW Government challenged a group of researchers to identify what today’s kindergarteners would need to survive and thrive in the 21st century.
Employers look for communication skills above all other skills, followed by organisational skills, writing, planning and detail orientation, team work and problem solving.
The report said developing deep knowledge and specialist expertise over time was critical.
The Australian Industry Skills Committee has also developed a practical resource that describes the mega-trends impacting Australia’s economy and society, scenarios for the future and the impact on work and skills.
It may benefit parents, teachers, policymakers and even forward-thinking teens to read about these trends.