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Future jobs present skills challenges for young Aussies: report

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Australia’s education, skills and job markets will rapidly transform as digital disruption take effect, according to a new report which found that one in two Australians believe our children are not equipped with the skills needed for these changes.

According to the Commonwealth Bank Jobs and Skills of the Future Report, just released advances in data analytics and artificial intelligence are driving the formation of new education methods, skills and capabilities.

The report, authored by Ross Dawson, futurist and author, uncovers the next stage of digital disruption and new job types that will emerge as a result of these changes over the next decade – and identifies a number of capabilities and skills that Australians will need in the future workforce including design thinking, analysis, financial acumen and relationship building.

“As a result of our desire to become more digitally connected, we will continue to experience social shifts, generating a multitude of opportunities for those who are keen to create value from these new connections,” Dawson says.

“With connectivity enabling digital disruption, almost any task can be performed anywhere in the world. In order to keep ahead and find new opportunities in this time of change, it’s important that we develop the uniquely human capabilities — adaptability, creativity and relationship skills — that set us apart from machines.”

Kylie Macfarlane, general manager Corporate Responsibility, Commonwealth Bank, says: “As one of Australia’s largest employers, we’re already seeing the introduction of new skills and capabilities – there are jobs at Commonwealth Bank today that didn’t exist five years ago.

“For children, school leavers and their parents, trying to navigate the changing landscape can be daunting but it also presents an opportunity for Australians to learn different skills and enter new career pathways.

“The changing job market means education has to and is changing to keep up, and that’s why we are investing heavily in partnerships and programs with education providers to make sure our young people are prepared for the future, both in a financial and skill sense.”

Here’s some of the key findings from the Commonwealth Bank Jobs and Skills of the Future report:

Evolving education – how the classroom is set to change

Subject areas of robotics and coding are just two examples of how the education landscape is already changing to meet the demands of the future. Other changes we can expect to see are more flexible classrooms and new learning spaces as educators become more nimble; adopting a range of new methods to teach in classrooms including, writable desks, robots and AI.

Adapting human skills and capabilities – how demand will continue to change

As technology becomes an increasing part of everyday life, people will need to focus on the human capabilities that set us apart from machines – such as creativity, imagination, emotional intelligence and design thinking.

Jobs of the future – how the workplace will change

Over the next decade, technology will advance and people will learn to enhance their ability to interact with it. Emergent technology jobs will include new categories such as emotional experience experts – highly empathetic people and advanced technologies will work closely together to design and deliver services and experiences that are not just effective, but emotionally engaging.

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