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Workplace 2030 - you can take control

Date: 14 March 2017

Don’t despair.  Many of the skills we need to succeed in the future workforce are within reach.

That was the view of the expert panel at this year’s first Real World Conversation Workplace 2030 | The Skills You Will Need And How To Get Them.

What’s the secret?  The ability to complement technical skills by thinking across disciplines and to be able to work collaboratively with people from other disciplines.

The threat?  It lies in the ability of current political and economic structures to handle change at the scale being created by digital disruption.

The panel was made up of the leader of the Data61 Strategic Insight Team, Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, the general manager of GoodStart Early Learning, Mr Shane Rodgers, and QUT’s Associate Prof Ruth Bridgstock and was led in conversation by Danielle Duell, CEO and Founder of People with Purpose..

Dr Hajkowicz explained the megatrends that were creating changes to employment and forecast that technology would continue to advance into skills currently held by humans. But there were many interactions that humans would want to continue with other humans and many functions professionals now performed which would change with technology.

Mr Rodgers pointed to the importance of embedding the skills of variability and adaptability from young ages if children coming into the workforce by 2030 were going to succeed. He also highlighted the variable expectations of careers which no longer began and ended over a 40-year life span but sometimes extended over 70 years as professionals increased or decreased their workloads.

Associate Professor. Bridgstock, whose research has been on skills for graduate employability, highlighted the need of new professionals to stretch the current university teaching models. In particular, they wanted more hands-on experience and more ability to cross disciplines. In a separate piece of research that focussed on what made innovators, she discovered the breadth of interests that created success.

The discussion centered on both the adaptability of educational institutions to meet the variable needs of the future and the larger issue what automation would do to future career opportunities.

Dr Hajkowicz highlighted the continued decline in productivity despite the new technologies, suggesting we had not yet worked out how to maximise its benefits.

The speaker’s slides from the presentations are here and the videos of their presentations will be posted later this week.

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.

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