The employment opportunities of the future will be created
With the constant and quickening rates of change in careers and employment, comes the issue of which jobs will be in demand. Gone are the days of having a job for life. It is estimated that people entering the workforce these days will see multiple career changes. Not just a shift from one to another, but they will undergo up to five or more different careers in their lifetime.
The world of I.T and its management
Skills that come under the umbrella of I.T. will be some of the most sought after in the future. The world of I.T and in particular specialised fields such as I.T. managed services have already been identified as crucial to most businesses. The integrity of data, the infrastructure of both technology and software and the security of the network need to be managed correctly. There is often no second chance when systems fail. With data backup more critical than ever, nearly every enterprise is dependent on the reliability of their I.T. resources. With the changes in I.T. and other technological facets comes the opportunity for new roles of employment across different business sectors. The closeness of interconnection throughout the globe and sensitivity of data has brought an added importance to the security of all information. This is where cybersecurity is seen as an ever-growing field.
The secure roles in cybersecurity
The issue of online security in today’s world continues to draw the headlines. With international data breaches no longer an uncommon occurrence, the need for greater cybersecurity measures has increased. Working within a cybersecurity consultancy for example, could mean having a greater sense of security in your employment. Someone with the skills and adaptability to stay on top of the latest developments in the field would be seen as a valuable asset by a number of clients.
What was once a role that primarily dealt with the safety and protection of cyber-attacks in the corporate world, is now dealing with small to medium sized businesses on a much wider scope.
Few would have predicted the advent of digital agriculture, but the technological advances in integrating agricultural production is just one of the newer employment opportunities to emerge.
Ensuring such integrations are stable and safe is another way the world of I.T. develops and creates roles for those starting or changing their career.
It’s unlikely you would have seen a vacancy for a Digital Agricultural Consultant just five years ago.
There are other jobs that do not exist now, but will in the future.
How advertising has changed
Advertising and the roles within it have seen a significant shift.
Traditional advertising has been impacted greatly, in everything from;
- Billboards and outdoor signage
With the world turning evermore to a reliance on digital media, these traditional forms of advertising have had to adapt to changes in viewer and readership numbers, demographics and their importance.
What once was a primary role has now become a smaller part in a more complex and complicated campaign. Advertising is no longer isolated to one strand of media but is a co-ordinated effort with different voices on each of the platforms.
A brand and its brand development must work across various media in special ways for the specific markets.
Gone are the days of being able to rely on a simple full-page ad in a newspaper to garner enough attention for a new product or special offer.
This has brought about specialist roles such as a communications planner or user experience strategist.
We have seen changes in technologies and on employment throughout history.
Is the Digital Revolution just a new form of the Industrial Revolution?
Changes to employment since the Industrial Revolution
There was no greater change to the employment of people than that which came with the Industrial Revolution.
What were once specific crafts and trades, were suddenly replaced by machinery. The skills of craftspeople were immediately under threat.
It is no surprise that the Luddites – skilled weavers and textile artisans – took to smashing machines that could be now operated by unskilled workers. The special skills and experience in the craft were no longer thought worthy and the livelihoods of the Luddites were all but destroyed.
The changes swept across the modern world and affected a wide range of industries.
There were impacts on some of the more specific jobs too. Someone working as a ‘knocker-up’ – one who knocked or tapped to wake shift workers to ensure they got to work on time – would be replaced by cheaper and more reliable alarm clocks.
Workers were often unable to see what jobs would become available in the future and were usually shown what would become a staple of the industrialisation of the worker – lower wages, worsening conditions and longer hours.
Is the Digital Revolution about to bring similar changes?
Adapting to new employment opportunities
The ability of a company to adapt and innovate has since become a cornerstone of success.
Even technology enterprises can emerge, prosper but soon implode if they are superseded by other advances in the field.
The world of manufacturing has seen a great deal of change which includes large scale automation.
An example of a global entity that focuses on constant innovation could be one of the leading rotary air compressor manufacturers. This company may have started as a joint partnership between two steam powered machinery companies in the late 1800’s, but then diversified and innovated throughout the years to now manufacture compressed air solutions for a wide range of industrial applications.
Roles within this business can be accessible across several continents, in both capital cities and regional areas.
It is a relatively modern idea that positions may arise in varying disciplines with the one employer. From engineering to sales, accountancy to specialists in automation, there is often a wider range of roles on offer under the same company banner than could be imagined decades ago.
New jobs for a new era
In the wider world, jobs such as personal data broker, commercial space pilot and A.I. ethicist are just three of the possible roles that could come to fruition in the coming years (or could that be a matter of months?).
With the changes in technology and what that means to life in the contemporary world, there will always be new and unexpected roles in emerging and unforeseen industries. It is the human ability to adopt and adapt to these changes that may be the most integral skill of all.