What will careers and the workplace be like in the future for 2016 college graduates? If the past is prologue, then we can count on one truism: much will change. The ability to adapt to and grow with this ever-changing landscape of careers will be the new ‘normal’.
Consider the following 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2016 (according The Society for Human Resource Management):
- Data Scientist
- Electrical Engineer
- General Manager, Operations Manager
- Home Health Aide
- Information Security Analyst
- Marketing Manager
- Medical Services Manager
- Physical Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Software Engineer
At least 3 of the above (data scientist, information security analyst, and software engineer) reflect new career areas that have emerged with the advent of the Internet and computers in the past 25 years. The remaining careers on the toughest-jobs-to-fill-in-2016 list have evolved to include computers and online communications as necessary tools.
So it is a safe bet that new careers will emerge in the next 25 years due to innovation, while other careers will morph into new configurations as they keep up with the pace of new technologies and knowledge, as well as societal changes.
The world’s most innovative companies (Forbes 2016) will most likely be involved with the evolution of new jobs and careers. The top 20 companies listed are: Tesla Motors, Salesforce.com, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, ARM Holdings, Unilever Indonesia, Incyte, Amazon.com, Under Armour, BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Baidu, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Monster Beverage, Catamaran, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, FleetCor Technologies, CP All, Verisk Analytics, Rakuten, Shanghai RAAS Blood Products.
The industries represented by these companies reveal clues as to what functional new careers may be created in the future. But, just as likely to significantly contribute to new and changing careers, are the ‘spoiler’ start-up companies that have yet to appear on the business radar screen.
All of this means exciting times ahead for new college grads who are armed with openness, adaptability, and an eagerness to keep learning and growing. That is the best ‘career insurance’ for the future.
The dependable onset of change seems to sneak up on most of us. It can often be surprising, but my hope for new college grads is that it becomes the adventure of a life time.