We’re on the cusp of the next industrial revolution, and for the first time, it’s the jobs ‘in the middle’ that are changing. The ABC’s flagship current affairs program Four Corners predicts that more than 5 million Australian jobs (40% of the Australian workforce) will disappear in the next 15 years. For a chance at an employable future, Australia’s youth must prepare for jobs that don’t yet exist. But how? One tactic is to develop cross functional skills that allow them to move across increasingly fluid industries.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
This tired adage is a sobering thought for many recent graduates entering the workforce with a mountain of debt, odds stacked against them, and limited business contacts. Paradoxically, the very technology that is driving the changing economy can also help navigate this new landscape.
No app will replace legwork, persistence, and pizzazz – but the right one might place you in a position to use your talents.
Meet your mentor
A little guidance goes a long way: Mark Zuckerberg was mentored by Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey had Maya Angelou. While we might not get to ‘power-lunch’ with revolutionary poets or tech billionaires, an app like Shapr could help find a mentor. Functionally speaking, Shapr sits somewhere between an automatic Tinder and LinkedIn – sifting through a users interests and connections to recommend a contact opportunity.
If said contact is proving particularly hard to pin down, Let’s Lunch connects to your calendar, showing when your connections have time to meet. Buying a coffee for a possible mentor is a small price to pay for years of experience.
Show ‘em what you’ve got
While LinkedIn is an excellent platform for showcasing your accomplishments, thought leadership, and what is colloquially known as ‘endorsement-bombing’, it isn’t a particularly tailored experience for those in niche and rising industries. There are dedicated communities online for accountants (ishade) and doctors (Sermo) to publish their experience and learn from peers. For those in creative industries who are looking for a place to exhibit work or get hired, try The Dots. The benefits of specialised platforms like this one are dedicated audiences and narrow focus, so consider looking here if you’re looking for a more relevant group to exhibit your abilities to.
What’s in a name? Well not much if you ask The Bard, but he only ever had one job. Namerick allows you to quickly record a name as well as notes like their clothing, where you met them, and where they work, for quick recall.
Forge your own path
A recent Bentley University study found that 66% of new graduates want to ditch the traditional route and start a small business. For the two-thirds of recent graduates that want to blaze their own trail, there are several non-traditional ways to get an idea funded and functioning. If you’ve got an idea ready to go but no access to potential investors – try uploading your elevator pitch on video to Founderfox – there is a pool of willing investors just waiting for the next big thing to get behind. And if you’re looking for a person with similar ambition and attitude, Treatings ‘Tinder for business’ model might help you match with the one to spark the start of your venture.
Just because it’s business, doesn’t mean it’s nothing personal.
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