What do you want to be in the Future?
If you asked this question 50 years ago, most respondents would be able to answer fairly quickly. The choices were a lot less and therefore simpler to make. In the 1960’s you could become a doctor, a policeman an engineer or a teacher, as you can still do now, but the skills to do these jobs have changed dramatically.
Since the 1960’s, the start of women’s liberation, the number of females in what before were male dominated jobs is ever increasing. Today, an engineer or a policeman will just as likely find himself working alongside a woman. Families these days no longer depend on just the father to be the breadwinner as costs of living and owning you own home means both parents are usually working.
50 years ago jobs were a lot simpler and probably a lot more physical but advancements in technology, particularly with computers, means workers need to have different skills and many more jobs are now sedentary. Even a doctor must have good computer skills as micro surgery is carried out by a computer controlled robot and taking your blood pressure is an instrument that looks very high tech!
It is also harder to enter the workforce without higher education. A university degree is becoming a pre-requisite for most jobs. Pretty soon you will need a degree to flip burgers!
“It’s not what you know but who you know” was a saying that held true because if you had a friend or relative working somewhere, they could put in a recommendation for you to be employed there as well. It is still a form of recruitment but employers can cast their nets a little wider now and find better qualified and suitable applicants from a larger potential workforce.
It seems trades jobs will remain safe because you still need a plumber to unblock your toilet and pipes, you still need a carpenter to make repairs around the house and you definitely want an electrician to fix your lights. Why? Because many repairs and specialist construction works need a qualified and licensed tradesperson to sign off on the project.
In these articles, we will take a look at what you need to do for your dream career to come true.