Technology Rich Working Environments; Will We Be Ready?

It’s not difficult to predict technology as an essential ingredient for successfully working in the 21st Century.

Navigating and harnessing the technology, the platforms, the tools, the systems will be the essential skills for effective workplace performance and participation.

This involves a mastery of some key ‘soft skills’ widely identified as skills for the 21st Century;

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

 Now these are not actually new skills, but they are the skills that employers continue to seek as evidence of capacity to respond to the rapid pace at which technology is impacting on the work to be done, workspaces, workplaces and working arrangements.

The Foundation for Young Australia has identified the skills as being in demand by employers through a comprehensive analysis of over 4 million job advertisements over a 3-year period, and they highlight the importance of critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, communication, problem solving ability and aptitude for virtual collaboration in real time.

A report from the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) ‘Skills for today. Job for Tomorrow’ suggests there needs to be a positive and confident narrative about the future in which technology will be integral to the way we work.

Responses to the question of, ‘Will we have our jobs into the future?’ require an understanding that ‘My job into the future with either look different, with less repetitive task or is yet to exist’.

Basic digital competencies are essential to thrive in a globally connected world where virtual teams operate in virtual workspaces, AI and bots respond to services requests, blockchain supplants traditional supply chain intermediaries and the Internet of Everything points to yet more innovations that will transform our interconnected future.

Contributing to the conversation on what educational strategies need to be in place to develop our students for the future of work, Microsoft outline their approach to with four pillars:

  1. Move STEM forward – with a focus on programs that dispel gender stereotypes
  2. Support the student journey – grow their understanding of software and computing to develop computational thinking
  3. Develop great educators – working to equip teachers with the skills and confidence to support STEM learning.
  4. Monitor performance – providing education analytics to link school systems to monitor and measure the impact of STEM initiatives across borders.

At the 2018 NT Skills Employment and Careers Expo in August ISACNT will link to the second of these pillars with technology that expose students, job seekers and adults to real-world standard tools and platforms so they can explore the skills they may well need later in the workforce. 

Visit the ISACNT stand to try your hand at some critical thinking challenges, navigate a 3D city or communicate with a virtual assistant…and say ‘Hi’ to our cute bot, Cozmo.