Say you’ve got a child who’s now 5 years old. In 20 years, she might be graduating from university, and on the lookout to establish her career. But what kinds of jobs will be in demand and available to her then?
We’ll never know with any certainty, but what we do know is that the world is changing rapidly in terms of technology, digitisation, and globalisation.
Jobs that now require a whole team of people may soon be replaced with automation. Processes that needed you to physically be at a certain location may be completed with the swipe of your smartphone.
So, look to secure employment in your young ‘uns future by zooming into these specific areas.
Career Trends in 20 years
Want a future-proof career? Here are the money makers.
1. Medical care
As we head towards an aging population, the elderly will need more specialised medical care. While automation can help optimise healthcare, nothing beats human presence and care. Bio-medical engineering is breaking new grounds, so that’s another field to explore.
No matter how advanced technologies get, you’ll always need teachers. But the teachers of the future need to be up-to-date with the latest digital learning methods. With increasing affluence, parents will be willing to pay higher premiums for stronger learning programmes.
3. Social services
This is a rewarding career where the human touch is essential. While the world becomes increasingly digital, there’s also the need to protect the more vulnerable from becoming victims of cyberbullying, abuse, fraud and crime.
4. Technological engineering
Tech-related career options will be on the rise. Any form of automation or robotics requires engineers to develop and maintain the software. App developers and designers will be needed as more people move from their computers to mobile devices.
5. General managers
All organisations need people who get stuff done. If you’re a multi-tasker who is excellent at managing people, your future is safe and you’ll be able to move across firms and industries as they come up.
When making huge financial decisions and sealing the deal, a face-to-face conversation and human handshake always beats a few clicks on your computer.
7. Law enforcement
Got a young ‘un who’d love to be a policeman? This is one career that has longevity – though there’ll be an increasing need to tackle cybercrime.
No matter how automated an organisation gets, you’ll always need people to sell stuff. Being able to convince people to invest their resources in a particular business is a skill that’s applicable across a range of industries.
Did you know? Social media experts are in demand now, but in 20 years, all employees will be expected to possess these skills.
Want to find out other ways to prep junior for the future?
Help your kids to be better prepared and build the foundation for them in a future of infinite possibilities. Learn more about the skills required for future careers at SMARTgen Asia, a first of its kind event in the region where you and your children will be inspired by the endless possibilities the future will offer.
Your children will learn in-demand 21st century skills and have fun, while laying the building blocks of success in a technology-driven future at SMARTgen workshops. Classes are conducted by renowned enterprises such as General Assembly, Singapore Media Academy and more.
SMARTgen will also host various keynotes and seminars where the top tech movers and shakers will congregate and share their success stories, in addition to how technology is changing the world we live in. There will also be panel discussions revolving around innovation, success, technology and entrepreneurship aimed at motivating and inspiring youths and parents.
Join us and prepare your child for a 21st century career. Get valuable advise from top industry players from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Uber and more...
We hope to see you at SmartGen 2018!
Infographics: Lim Jae-Lynn
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