Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A New World at Work

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

A New World at Work

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SEEK reveals emerging workforce trends

THE future landscape of work is tipped to be vastly different to what it is now - and if forecasts are correct, it will not be long before the changes arrive.

Futurists Morris Miselowski and Adam Long predict how people will work and the jobs that will be most in demand in the years ahead.

NO MORE EIGHT-HOUR SHIFT Workers will take more of a "portfolio view" of their careers, rather than focusing on one role at a time.

Miselowski says having two or three part-time roles may be the norm, as work integrates into the bigger picture of our lifestyles.

Workers may still find, however, that they are working 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

"We may have a main job that's more office bound, then get out into people's gardens, or jump into Uber duties the next day, for example," he says.

AT THE SERVICE OF OTHERS Self-checkouts and online shopping may suggest otherwise but Miselowski predicts service jobs will be a peak growth industry.

"People increasingly value experiences over spending on material goods, and while some services can be automated, experiences ultimately come down to human interaction - a five-star meal is less memorable served on a self-driving trolley, after all," he says.

"Baby Boomers are less concerned than previous generations with leaving a legacy behind and paying a close eye to their savings.

"Instead, they're into travelling, going for meals, and staying in their own homes longer - all of which create jobs." In-home care already is a preferred option, creating a booming market in aged care services such as concierges, whose duties may range from domestic tasks through to arranging in-home physiotherapy and providing companionship. …

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