Dude, where’s my future?

Posted by AndyWalsh on 21 May 2015

Have you ever found yourself wondering what London might look like in 10 or perhaps even in 15 years time?

I’m not talking about what additions there might be to London’s skyline beyond the cheese-grater or the walkie-talkie (though I’d vote for any building that might be described as the pizza-slice), but more so what jobs might be in vogue, where the growth will be – and what sectors might contract. Moreover, and perhaps most critically, might you have thought of extra skills you could develop right now – to best position yourself for the future? I imagine you might well have done! So how might we refine these ideas and actually take them forward?

News just in – from the future

These questions, and more, are entertained in Deloitte’s London Futures report – which was released in November – following extensive academic research alongside input from 100 London-based organisations.

On a personal note, this coincided with me visiting Facebook‘s UK headquarters – which certainly helped contextualise a lot of what I read in the report.

Dude, where’s my future?

  • 30% of jobs in London are at high risk of automation within the next 20 years, compared to 35% for the wider UK. At greatest risk are jobs that currently pay less than £30,000.
  • 73% of London businesses plan to increase their headcount in the next 5 years.
  • 40% of employers will adapt their workplaces to increase the focus on collaborative work and flexibility.
  • 84% of London businesses say the skills of their employees will need to change over the next 10 years

84% – wow! So what skills will I need?

While no one has a crystal ball, there is a strong sense that skills relating to creativity, complex problem-solving and high technical content will be highly sought after…

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Whilst I certainly don’t pretend to have all the answers, I can’t help but feel that MOOCs (free online learning platforms which are open to all such as Coursera or Edx) are certainly one way of gaining skills that may be relevant. Here you can learn about how computers work, the basics of marketing, how to code, how the internet works, how to become an entrepreneur – to feel good elements such as happiness courses and hundreds of things besides.

There is no way that we can know exactly what employers might want in 15 years time, but we can certainly do our best to present the fact that we have enquiring minds that are eager to learn and embrace new technologies and ways of doing things.

To that end, sources like CodeAcademy and experimenting with Raspberry PI are certainly great avenues to demonstrate this.

A post from our colleagues at the City blog - see http://blogs.thecareersgroup.co.uk/city/dude-wheres-my-future/ for the original.

Topics: job hunting, Business and Finance, career choice, entrepreneurship

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