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Invest in a Future of Lifelong Learning

By 2040, the way we work and learn will look vastly different from today. However, this is not a scary prospect as we have always been required to adapt to change throughout the ages. Australians will just need new skills to adjust to the future world of work.

As automation has an impact on almost every job in the future, the most valuable skills will be those that complement, rather than compete with automation.

The fastest growing skills will be the uniquely human characteristics that machines cannot easily replicate such as:

• Adaptability
• Team-work
• Creativity
• Integrity

The specific skills required for the work of the future are less clear. Australians will need to invest significantly more time in education and training, as skills become a worker’s greatest asset in more complex, machine-assisted workplaces. This will require a shift towards new understandings about learning:
• Learning after the age of 21 will increase from 19% to 41%
• Learning will not be about accumulating qualifications – it will involve short courses and on-the-job training which focus directly on specific skills
• Learning will be targeted, flexible and work-based
• Learning to be an active, responsive listener

Today, more than 80% of the time we spend in education and training occurs before the age of 21. But the idea of a post-secondary qualification that sets us up for life will no longer be the reality. To remain employable, workers will need to make a habit of refreshing existing skills and adding new ones throughout their working lives. A growing demand for emerging skills will require people to undertake additional training as they switch jobs or careers (“reskilling”); or additional training as their job tasks change (“upskilling”). It will require those who haven’t yet joined the work force to spend more time in education and training than any generation before them.

Future workers will spend more time learning than any previous generation

For our current Year 12 students 2019 it is about exploring the post-school options that will equip them with the knowledge and skills they will need for a changing future world of work. Our young men will need to be prepared to take risks, make decisions, manage change and recognise opportunities when they come along. They will need the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, think creatively, and work collaboratively to succeed in the changing employment market.

As our Year 12 students currently explore their post-school further education and training options by obtaining qualifications at the Certificate, Diploma, Associate Diploma or Bachelor level, they must realise that their education and training won’t stop there. Further education and training is an investment in the future – a future that will require a lifelong journey of learning that extends beyond formal institutional learning.

How Do Youth See the Future of Work?

Michelle Kath
Head of Senior Pathways & Careers

You are invited to ‘Connect to Your Future’, at an information evening hosted by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training Metropolitan Region on Tuesday 22 October off campus. A range of stall holders will provide information on career planning, apprenticeships and traineeships, vocational education, university pathways, Skilling Queenslanders for Work programs, federal government programs and local entrepreneur organisations. Students will be provided with the opportunity to present their resumes to Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks and Group Training Organisations. Students can also seek clarity with stall holders on the services they provide in the training and employment arena. Registration and further event details and location are on the College APP.