How the Workforce is Changing in Australia

As new technologies are introduced, businesses find new ways to work, and as industry sectors respond to issues like COVID-19, Australian jobs are evolving. The evolution will result in the creation of new jobs, as well as the requirement of new skills for existing jobs.

It's no secret that young Australians' career and skills have been moving away from mundane, manual labor and into a world of automation and essential innovation.

So, the future of workforce is changing, and to keep yourself updated and grab opportunities you should understand the points as highlighted below;

  • Robots will not take jobs, but will create them and make tasks even easier

With the increase in growing automation, there can be a perception that the job opportunities for humans will decrease. However, robots will create even more job opportunities. Growing automation opens up opportunity to boost productivity and focus on innovation and creativity. The future of work will shift away from manual towards more people - oriented and value adding.

  • Offices are not necessary

Work is transforming from a place to an activity, to the point where it may be completed without ever entering the office. The workplace is becoming increasingly virtual and networked as a result of globalisation and ever-improving technology. It is not necessary that you should be at office to execute the work. You can work remotely from home or anywhere at your own convenience and the 9-5 workforce is shifting as more jobs are outsourced or automated.

  • Collaboration and adaptability will be crucial

It is not just the 'what' and 'where' you work that is changing but also 'how’.  Continuous learning is an important element of your professional lives, and you learn from work on a daily basis. Learning and developing your abilities on a regular basis will enable you to respond to information and technology in new and inventive ways, as well as guide on-the-job development.

  • There may not be the concept of permanent job

Most people's working lives will contain a "portfolio" of jobs into the future, including self-employment, participation in the gig economy, collaborating with other individuals and employers. Adopting a new approaches to thinking in the workplace, with workers transforming into problem solvers and effective communicators with strong business ideas and faster progress.

  • Entrepreneurial abilities are vital

Demand for digital literacy, creativity, critical thinking, presentation abilities and practical business skills will see employees benefiting if you possess these qualities. It will depend upon how you apply your skills and who you know rather than how you much you know.

Your focus should be on learning and mastery, across skills depth and breadth rather than only training in job-specific talents but developing a broad pool of competencies that can be used in many occupations. If you have multiple abilities, then it will enable you to move from one profession to another within a larger job cluster, industry sectors and/or locations, improving job prospects in an increasingly automated environment.

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