JOHANNESBURG - Massive technological advances are already driving change in the workplace. Businesses and employees are both scrambling to keep up.
What will the future of work look like and what skills will we need to survive and how do you prepare for a world that doesn’t exist yet?
"If you're willing to do a job for free, that's where your passion lies" #FutureFit— NieJou (@NieJou_Mail) July 8, 2015
The school leaver's prospects
Of the 403,874 learners that satisfied the requirements of the National Senior Certificate, 150,752 qualified for admission to bachelor studies at higher education institutions, 166,689 qualified for admission to diploma studies and 86,022 learners qualified for admission to higher certificate studies. (Engineering News, 12 Jan 2015)
Satisfying the labour market
Although more young South Africans are currently completing secondary and tertiary education than before, a great many still leave the school system before finishing matric. This means that the situation in respect of education levels in the labour market has not changed as rapidly as might otherwise have been the case. The South African labour market still does not welcome young people, whether the person concerned has matric or not. The modern economy demands more: more knowledge, and the ability to apply that knowledge. (Solidarity, Matric Report 2014)
"If your job can be automated, expect to be replaced" #FutureFit— NieJou (@NieJou_Mail) July 8, 2015
SONA 2015: Road to recovery
· Enrolment at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges increased by 90% in 2013, President Jacob Zuma said during his state-of-the-nation address in 2014
· Student enrolment at universities increased by 12%.
· We have increased the budgets of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to R9bn to meet the rising demand," Zuma said.
· Two new universities had also been established, Sol Plaatje in the Northern Cape, and the University of Mpumalanga.
· We will also build 12 new FET colleges in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.
· He hailed the launch of the national education collaboration framework in 2013 as an important development for the country.
#FutureFit is a survival guide for very ambiguous times ahead where the only certainty is change. The word ‘career’ is already as outdated as a typewriter. It is now replaced by short-term contracts, assignments, and tasks. Reward is increasingly based on performance and results, not on your time spent in the office. The pace is fast, the relationships short, and you need to keep up. To thrive you will need to keep evolving. If there is one skill that’s essential is the skill to acquire more skills.
Ironically this documentary finds that the more we move into a technological world the potential for our humanity to be enhanced is made possible by greater interconnectedness. The human touch can never be replaced.
#FutureFit is currently airing everyday on DSTV Channel 403 until Sunday 19, July 2015.