How we hire, who we hire and why we hire people is going to change in the future. Here’s how tech is changing everything.
According to the World Economic Forum, we’re on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution.
Major developments in the way we work and live, driven mostly by technology, are creating brand new industries, business models and employment opportunities.
65% of kids entering primary school today will end up in a job that doesn’t yet exist.
While some warn of job losses because of these developments, others are embracing the opportunities they will create. Take robotics, for example. Certain roles will be made redundant in the future. But others will be created, such as specialist robotics technicians.
What’s changing the way we work?
We live in a more hyper-connected world than ever before, which needs specialist skills to meet consumer and business demands.
• The Internet of Things, which will need data, automation and robotics specialists to create, monitor and manage
• Big Data, which will require new ways of computational thinking and data management capabilities
• Centennials, who will demand completely different work environments to some of their predecessors
• Mobile internet and cloud technology, which will underpin these changing work environments by offering complete flexibility
The human skills needed to power this change
For your business to survive in the future, you’ll need to make the following areas part of your core internal processes:
• Big Data
• New Media literacy
• Computational thinking
• Cross-cultural competencies
• Information technology industry experience
• Contract accountancy
• Digital marketing
• Information security
• Transportation logistics
• Front-end development
• Mental health
Meet the jobs of the future
In the future, not only will new jobs be created, but the skills required will blur the traditional lines of responsibility. Developers will no longer specialise in a single program, but will need to show skills in multiple.
IoT Business Designers
Responsible for determining unexplored business models and processes, and are likely to command a premium.
Full Stack Developers
With all-round capabilities from UX to cloud skills, and everything in between.
Chief Data Officers
Ready access to data will increase with increased data volumes overall. Someone will need to manage it, analyse how it can be utilised, and keep the company compliant with data legislation.
Machine Learning Specialists
Highly-specialised computer scientists that develop algorithms that learn and adapt to data and market predictions. These specialists can help SMEs with predictive analysis and the development of new applications and digital tools.
Specialised Sales Representatives
Almost every professional in the future will need skills to explain and commercialise their customer offerings.
How to prepare for the jobs of the future
Recruit for these roles now, and you’ll be well-prepared to handle any new technology changes that race your way. But how do you start creating a role that doesn’t exist yet?
1. Grow cross-functional capabilities
According to the World Economic Forum, strong demand growth is expected in certain cross-functional skills, cognitive abilities and basic skills such as active learning and ICT.
2. Be agile
SMEs are more agile than their corporate counterparts. But, as Faith Popcorn (futurist) puts it, businesses need to “have many forms of talent and work that you can provide the economy”.
3. Align your HR and innovation strategies
If your workforce strategy is not aligned to your innovation strategy, this could be a key barrier to development. Get the right measures in place to future-proof your business by understanding your staff’s tech requirements – this will keep them in line with the demands of your industry.
4. Work with the education sector
You’ll find your next generation of workers in school. Work with education providers to ensure that they’re developing the required skills for the jobs of the future. This will also ensure your company has the right technology and processes ready to facilitate your next generation of employees.
5. Provide employees with wider exposure to roles across the business
Offer secondments and enable collaboration to ensure skills are shared and developed.
It can feel difficult to keep up with the pace at which things are changing but now is a great time to step back, study your resourcing strategy and stir up your talent pool with some fresh new roles. Rapid transformation makes it hard to know what’s around the corner, however what we can be sure of is that implementing the right resources now means you’ll be in a better position to take advantage of opportunities in the future.