The workforce as we know it is on the verge of a technical revolution. In future, career coaching will come from an app, you’ll get specialised guidance on transitioning between career paths, and everybody will be working gig-to-gig. Here’s your field guide to the future of work.
The gig economy
You may have already heard of the gig economy, but in case you haven’t here’s a quick explainer. The gig economy is exemplified in the shift from taxi drivers working set hours, to uber drivers who get to pick their hours by accepting individual trips then logging off when they’d like to stop working.
Flexibility = greater job satisfaction
Uber recently ran an investigation into job satisfaction for London drivers. Due to a relative low wage, it was expected that job satisfaction would be low but results concluded that Uber drivers had a higher level of satisfaction than people working comparable jobs. Why?
Majority of Uber drivers were men discovering the benefits of flexible work e.g. work/life balance and more time to spend with your family and friends, says Amit Singh, head of Global Public Policy at Uber.
The gig economy takes over
The gig economy is already in full swing in a lot of creative industries, but Beam co-founder Stephanie Reuss predicts that in future every industry will have the same kind of flexibility.
“Beam has taken the principle of fractional ownership – think cars with Uber, homes with AirBnb – and applied it to work. Beam advises companies on how to integrate fractional work into their workforces so they’re able to tap into these incredible, skilled workers.”
Beam: job-seeking in the gig economy
Beam is a job-seeking website (sort of like Seek) that makes it easy for employers and professionals to find flexible ongoing work arrangements.
“Our vision for the future is to create a world of work where people can own their careers, which are a continuum of interesting, innovative projects completed for different types of companies. Learning will be continuous and skills picked up from one project or company are then quickly transferred to the next.”
Prepare to change lanes
You’ve probably heard the often-quoted statistic that predicts you could have up to seven careers in a lifetime… but how can we have seven careers without seven different qualifications?
Cue Transition Hub. Transition Hub is at the forefront of a new type of career coaching. Their main goal is to help you move between different careers, rather than stepping up a rung on the same career ladder.
“Transition Hub helps people of all ages prepare for the future of work by focusing on the soft skills needed to enter or reimagine one’s place in the new world of work. We’re focusing on community, collaboration, creativity and confidence,” says CEO and founder, Louise Watts.
Updating your credentials
The prediction is that the future of work will be less about having intensive credentials like multiple degrees. Instead, more focus will be placed on soft skills and regular up-skilling through short courses.
The program helps to prepare you for that future through intensive master classes and personal development courses. Prepare to see a lot more programs like Transition Hub in future.
A career coach in your pocket
Visiting the career adviser’s office is about to get an online upgrade. Meet the app that acts like Google Maps for your career – PlanDo.
It’s a subscription service and app for either individuals or employers that helps you meet certain career goals. If your communication skills are abysmal, the app will task you to engage with active listening before you speak, for example. There’s a whole database of actions and tasks that help you to grow new skills and build on existing abilities.
More autonomy in your career
This handy little app puts the individual firmly in control of their professional development, says Anne Moore, founder of PlanDo. But that’s not all. It also acts like a running tally of all your professional successes.
“At the moment, when you leave a company your development is left behind you and you start again,” says Anne. “Now that we’re moving into more contingent work, we believe it’s becoming more and more important that a person can take their verified achievements with them.”
Imagine getting paid to improve your employability skills on the job. That’s just a glimpse of how we’ll be doing self-improvement in the future of work.
How are you preparing for the future of work? Let us know in the comments!
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.