What future jobs look like and what you need to do to survive

The skills and jobs we have today will not be the same as the ones in the not too distant future. Highlighting this very fact is the more than 1,300 workers who will be made redundant as Woolworths invests in two automated distribution centres.

That’s a COVID-19 tragedy and the future of work colliding.

Then there is the tragic loss of 6000 Qantas jobs to help Australia’s iconic airline save $1 billion a year in costs.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said of the sackings and of his belief that international travel will not resume in the next financial year, which starts next week, “The impact will be felt for some time.”

It will be a hard year ahead and there will most likely be further job losses.

So how can we prepare for the future and keep our employment options open?

Here are 7 tips to help you keep you employable in the future:

1. Develop your tech skills

Solid technical skills are becoming increasingly important and the workplace is a very competitive environment. Keeping your tech skills current will also ensure you stay on top of changing demands in your current job. If you are applying for a position, you may want to differentiate yourself from other candidates by having advanced technical skills that set you apart from other applicants.

2.  Develop transferable skills

Develop skills that you can apply to different job types. Employers look for skills such as leadership, stress management and communication. Develop broad cross-functional skills where you develop a working knowledge of all areas of the business, especially the roles, goals and needs of the various departments. Having such skills could be your key to securing a job in a new industry and can provide a means for career progression.

3. Build Your Professional Network

Developing new professional connections with people is an integral part of career planning. It involves using professional, academic and even personal contacts to assist with a job search, learn more about your field and so many other useful functions. Don’t be afraid to approach past co-workers, colleagues, managers or employees. You never who may be your best friend in your biggest time of need.

4. Take on more responsibilities.

Offer to assist with projects that take you out of your comfort zone. Volunteer for new initiatives. It will not only show that you are capable of taking on more responsibilities, but will also demonstrate your willingness to learn new things.

5. Journal your way to success

Listing your strengths and successes can boost your confidence. What are the things you do well? What amazing results have you accomplished? Having a recent list of accomplishments recorded somewhere easily accessible, you’ll be able to refer to them in a matter of moments. Many employers want to know what is different about you and what you can offer them. List as many things as you can think of such as: completed courses and training, duties, personal development, volunteer work. Find any positive performance reviews and add them too. Such a list can significantly boost your confidence.

6. Develop Resilience

Dealing well with the stresses of the modern workplace is essential. 

The ability to cope well with pressure and adversity relies on developing behaviours that will aid in that situation. Anyone can create strategies to help increase resilience. Furthermore, building your resilience could be done by looking at problems as a learning process, celebrating your successes, taking positive action, keeping a realistic perspective and practicing optimism.

7. Have a growth mindset

A growth mindset is the belief people have about learning and intelligence. When people believe they can achieve more, they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. You will have more chance at success if you develop a growth mindset. You will be able to overcome obstacles you once thought to be impossible.


This update is not financial advice. This article is general news and information.

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