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Future careers and how to get prepared

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What will skills will be desirable to employers in 2030?

The future of work will be digital. Computational thinking skills are essential for students to be able to design, manipulate, understand and develop digital systems and tools. But students who will be most valuable will be those who can combine digital knowledge and competence with other skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication skills to really flourish in the workplaces of the future.

What kinds of jobs have a special demand for computational thinking and coding skills?

  • Virtual Reality Developer
  • Cyber Security Expert
  • User Experience Designer
  • Internet of Things Developer

  • Digital Designer
  • Digital Entrepreneur
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Digital Producer

  • Game Developer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Digital Marketer
  • Social Media Manager

Skill clouds

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Digital literacy
  • Presentation skills

  • Prototyping
  • Design
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility

  • Adaptability
  • Enterprise skills – interpersonal communication, verbal and written communication

What are the skills employers want?

We chatted with the Foundation for Young Australians’ (FYA) Research & Policy Manager, Kelly Fawcett, to see what the research says.  

'To build our students for the future we need to make sure they are equipped with the skills, confidence and mindset to navigate a rapidly changing world', Kelly says.

In 2016, FYA published ‘The New Basics’ report stating an analysis of 4.2 million job ads revealed that since 2012 the demand for digital skills has increased by more than 200%, critical thinking by more than 150%, creativity by more than 60% and presentation skills by 25%.

'Our educators need to keep up with the skills that are needed for the future, it's not just on young people', explains Kelly. 'More than ever before, young people need access to a relevant, high quality education that reflect and respond to their changing and diverse needs, and those of the economy.'

You can explore all the FYA’s reports on the future of work here.

Where do I start?

You can build some of these key skills in students with coding. Watch our livestream of our online coding event designed to empower you to get coding with your students tomorrow! From Swift Playgrounds and Google Sheets to Microsoft MakeCode, there is something for every skill level and KLA, and loads of links in the comments section!