“The top 10 jobs in the next six years don’t yet exist…we’re training kids for jobs that don’t yet exist – using tools that may not yet exist.”
That’s the stark prediction of Dave Evans, Chief Futurist at Cisco, reflecting on the decline of manufacturing and industry in the past 30 years – and the comparative rise of the creative industries. According to the Government, roles in sectors like fashion, advertising, film and TV now account for 5.6 percent of all British jobs.
As economist Tyler Cowen predicts: “One day soon, we’ll look back and see that we have produced two nations – a fantastically successful nation working in a technologically dynamic sector, and everything else.”
So, the question has to be: how futureproof is your career?
Facebook may be a $200 billion industry, but it accounts for just 9,000 jobs.
Incredibly, Google has only been with us for just 16 years; Pinterest is a mere pre-schooler at age five.
How can we plan for a future when we don’t know who the major players will be; what their staffing requirements are, or even what skill-sets will be required?
The Source, produced by British Gas, offers this insight into what we need to prioritise today to survive tomorrow: “The skill of coding and programming is becoming increasingly desirable; it has many uses, from web development to software and video game design.
‘Similarly, many are eager to see Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects being encouraged. People trained in these areas are crucial to our future success – the high-tech clusters around Cambridge and the close relationship between Silicon Valley and Stanford University are crucibles where our economic and technological future is being forged.”