Own your career
Much of the success of an individual’s reskilling efforts will hinge on being self-motivated. As LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman says, “embrace a start-up of you mentality”—which means adopting a more entrepreneurial approach and carving your own path through the new world of work.4
Seek new possibilities
Understand how technology is developing and what other disruptive trends—like changing demographics, accelerating urbanization and political change—could mean for the world of work and you specifically. Follow how jobs in your field are changing and what new skills you might need.
If work is predicted to dry up in your field, learn how your skills could transfer to other occupations where jobs will grow. PwC estimates, for example, that while demand for some jobs will decrease in the next 10 years (such as repetitive manufacturing and agricultural jobs) there are also occupations that will be in higher demand, including roles in healthcare and management.5
Pay attention to how you market your skills on social networking sites and job market boards, as these are data sources for AI-based recruiting software.
Find the gaps
We’ll still need human workers in an automated world. Whether this will involve working to develop technology, working alongside it or working in narrow, very specialist or very human types of employment, there are places automation simply can’t compete in yet. Work out where you want to be.
Get your skills in order
The skills needed for the future are not just about data, science and technology. Human skills like creativity, leadership and empathy will be in demand. Find your niche and keep building.