The Future of Jobs Report 2023

The World Economic Forum have released the Future of Jobs Report and there’s quite a bit to unpack here. Their focus in 2023 is on key drivers of change and they make some predictions which could be particularly useful for those of us working with secondary students (or younger) who won’t even enter the workforce for another few years.

We’re seeing the same sort of ‘key trends’ in this report as in many other places; technology is driving job growth and decline at the same time, sustainability concerns are driving change in the energy sector, and businesses can’t find enough people with the skills they need.

I was particularly interested to see that organisations are focusing on both on-the-job training and automation to plug these skill gaps. This makes sense – upskilling existing staff is easier than finding new ones, and I wonder if platforms like Go1 will have a larger role to play in this in the future. By bringing learning into the workplace and allowing workers/learners to quickly access the content they need (in a format they choose) will speed up this process astronomically. Automating everything that can be automated also makes sense – that way organisations can focus on hiring people to handle the complex work of innovation.

You can find the report and materials here, and I particularly like their infographics section (expect to see some of these beauties in our socials over the coming weeks).

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