What Awaits the Labour Market in the Next 10 Years?
Microsoft researchers claim that by 2025 more than 60% of all existing professions will undergo changes in connection with the technological revolution, which we already can witness today. Technologies are developing so fast that the education system simply does not keep up with the rapidly changing labour market. The time when people obtained one education and one profession “for a lifetime” has passed. Today, university is only the first step, a place to receive general knowledge.
Throughout life, a person acquires new skills in accordance with the challenges offered by the modern times. Education has become “fast”, that is, today it is possible to master a new profession in record short terms (from 1 month to 2 years). European universities offer study programmes for the retraining of employees, which allows an employee to save its working position, while employers do not spend money and energy on finding the “right person”.
Within this month, we will publish materials about the professions of the future. Is it worth looking far ahead and choosing a study programme based on research publications, or, maybe, choose a family affair? Choose something stable, or decide to try yourself in something new. So, what is the right way to behave?
Read our new section and decide for yourself!
So, what professions will be most in demand in the labour market in 10–15 years:
Modern journalism is experiencing a real revolution. Office journalists recede into the past. People’s reporters are gaining popularity. They can cover the news online and provide photos and videos of what they saw.
Today, a journalist is more like a fact snoop, a creator of interesting and useful content. A person that creates the mood.
Skills in searching and processing information quickly, analysing printed sources and an ability to intriguingly and colourfully convey information to the audience come first in this profession. Online journalism is closely intertwined with marketing and PR.
What skills are needed: journalism, marketing, advertising, PR.
An expert in materials and their properties. The profession is complex and multilevel. Nanotechnology will study the properties of materials and forecast the life cycle of a particular object.
This science will be applied everywhere, from engineering to construction of residential real estate objects. For example, creating a unique material for walls that changes temperature depending on the time of year. Houses that are resistant to humidity, wind and severe frost. Vehicles without corrosion. One day, all this will become a reality.
Nanotechnology will create new chemicals, design for them special touch control systems, and apply them in various spheres, such as industrial machine engineering or modelling of clothes and cosmetics.
What skills are needed: nanoengineering.
One of the few areas that will remain unchanged is tourism. People will travel the same way as today. However, the format will change somewhat. The human factor, an ability to woo guest and create a special atmosphere for them will come first in this profession. People will not travel for the sake of attractions. Travellers can look them around through a VR-helmet without leaving home. People will start on a trip for the sake of human communication, cosiness and immersion into the culture of another country.
What skills are needed: tourism.
Some people see problems in the future, and others predict new opportunities! Do not be afraid to change your profession, even if it seems that your job is perfect.
In 10 years, the world around you will change and it will be necessary to adopt to these changes. It is better to prepare in advance so that you will be able to earn a living in the future and always be in demand on the labour market.
Today the diversity in education is already in trend. People obtain several professions at once. This is not a fashion craze, but a reaction to the rapid changes in the employment sphere. So, be on a roll and keep learning.