Emerging technologies are shaping our lives in many ways. They impact how we live, interact, and they impact your career path. Think of all the career paths today that didn’t exist a decade ago. This trend will continue. Over the next few decades, technology will play a key role in shaping companies, people, and the types of jobs that will exist.

In fact, according to a research report by Dell Technologies, The Next Era of Human/Machine Partnerships: Emerging Technologies’ Impact on Society in 2030, they estimate that about 85% of the jobs that today’s students will be doing in 2030 has yet to be invented.

This obviously has created some cause for concern among current professionals and organizations. While it’s clear technology will continue to play a larger role, what this looks like is still up in the air.

“In Dell’s Digital Transformation Index study, with 4,000 senior decision makers across the world, 45% say they are concerned about becoming obsolete in just 3-5 years, nearly half don’t know what their industry will look like in just three years’ time, and 73% believe they need to be more ‘digital’ to succeed in the future,” says the report.

While there are many unknowns, there are still things individuals and organizations can do to prepare for new careers, jobs, and work environments.

How Individuals Can Prepare for Future Careers

Future Jobs

The report outlines a number of skills and traits today’s and future professionals can focus on to prepare for future careers:

  • Contextualized intelligence
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Have a strong digital personal brand
  • Automation literacy skills
  • Computational sense making

How Organizations Can Prepare for the Workplace of the Future

Future Careers

Here are some areas organizations can focus on to prepare for the future workplace environment:

  • Business-driven security
  • Elimination of inefficiencies
  • Algorithmic branding aligned with company values
  • Diversifying the value of work
  • Inspiring innovation

“Both individuals and organizations are grappling with the digital and workforce transformations underway today. As these transformations are informed and influenced by emerging technologies over the next decade, people will develop new and deeper relationships and new dependencies on machines, at home and in the workplace. If we start to approach the next decade as one in which partnerships between humans and machines transcend our limitations and build on our strengths, we can begin to create a more favorable future for everyone,” the study concludes.


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Bruce Powell Executive Search

Bruce Powell

Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.

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