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Jobs of The Future Published

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

Recommended Reading

Well researched, insightful and useful in numerous ways we highly recommend the just published “Jobs of The Future”, report created by Deakin University, Griffith University and Ford.

This 82 page report does a great job of providing an overview of other literature on the subject as well as tabling its perspective on key future work skills, accompanied by a list of 100 imagined future jobs.

We were delighted to see these future work skills identified as very important since we are already teaching these skills in our Complexity Navigation Program...:-)


Problem Solving

Creative Intelligence

Information Synthesis

Novel Thinking / Originality

Fluency of Ideas

Critical (Judgement) Thinking



Emotional Intelligence

Communicating Across Disciplines

Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

Entrepreneurial Thinking

We enjoyed reading this report and identified these key quotes:

"Most of the jobs of the future do not yet exist. That makes it difficult to say exactly what people will need to do to get those jobs. However, the patterns are becoming clear — some skills will continue to be highly rewarded, while others are likely to be taken over by machines."

"...everyone agreed that we are living through significant and world changing times and that if people are to remain employable, they will need to acquire and develop new skills."

“The skills that will matter most in the workplace of the future are, by a wide margin, problem solving, judgment and critical thinking”

“Problem solving skills in demand will include: “Originality and Fluency of Ideas. Learning Strategies and Active Learning — the ability of students to set goals, ask relevant questions, get feedback as they learn and apply that knowledge meaningfully in a variety of contexts” (Bakhshi et al., 2017, p.66)”.

“More complex skills that require novel thinking and adaptability given the needs of the context “will be at a premium in the next decade, particularly as automation and offshoring continue” (Davies et al., 2011, p.9).”

“This shift in jobs of the future towards the kinds of skills that humans can do and that machines cannot is presented as a trend towards making employment Team work has always been a feature of employment. However, a number of trends are making the need for collaboration and networking centrally important skills in the new economy.”

“As people become more entrepreneurial and potentially work for more than one employer at a time, they will also need to have strong networks of people who know their skill set and who will recommend them for new work not only more enjoyable, but also fundamentally more human (see, AlphaBeta, 2017).”

“In the future, human skills such as creativity, imagination, emotional intelligence and empathy (Commonwealth Bank, 2017, p.16) will become increasingly important to augment our interactions with computer systems.”

“The OECD (2017) points out that “the labour market is increasingly rewarding soft skills such as the ability to communicate, work in teams, lead, solve problems and self-organise” (p.19).”

“Creativity is also particularly difficult to program a computer to achieve. This is because creativity, by definition, produces something that is new, novel and therefore something that cannot be fully predetermined in code beforehand. In that sense, a truly creative outcome is one that can only be recognized at the end of the process when looking back — computers are rules based and creativity could be virtually defined as the very opposite of that..”

“However, creativity is not just about producing something that is novel or unexpected. A creative solution to a problem also needs to be ‘right’ in the sense that it needs to provide a positive solution to the problem at hand. Creativity skills are growing in demand.

“A 2016 World Economic Forum report estimates that five years from now, more than a third of skills considered important today will no longer be relevant. Creativity and emotional intelligence will be among the top three needed” (Riad, 2017, p.18).”

“Allied with this, commentators predict a “low susceptibility of engineering and science occupations to computerization’ since they require a ‘high degree of creative intelligence” (Frey & Osborne, 2013, p.44).”

"In fact, “the categories of interpersonal, creative and information synthesis are projected to increase from just under half of all work activity to almost 70 per cent over the thirty years from 2000 to 2030” (Charmers & Quigley, 2017, p.65)."

"This fusion of skills and perspectives from different domains will create new multi-disciplinary fields that advance what is possible, trigger new drivers of change and redefine the jobs of the future."

"One theme that comes up strongly is the move towards cross-disciplinarity."

"The rapidly changing nature of work will mean people will be unlikely to remain ‘one thing’ throughout their whole career, with some estimating that “a 15-year- old today will experience a portfolio career, potentially having 17 different jobs over five careers in their lifetime”"

"In such a fast-changing world, even those leaving school today may not have the skills they needed for jobs they will be applying for."

We invite our readers to add this document to their Future of Work reading list.

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