How young people can prepare for the future of work

Ivan Neville presenting at the Future World of Work forum in Bendigo

Ivan Neville presenting at the Future World of Work forum in Bendigo

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Over 2000 young people, parents and teachers in Bendigo attended The Future World of Work forum in July this year.

At the event, labour market analyst from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Ivan Neville, spoke to students, parents and education practitioners about work trends and the skills and attributes employers are looking for.

Ivan explained that many jobs in the future are likely to be higher skilled. In order to stand out, job seekers will need relevant education, work experience and good employability skills.

“Australia’s future workforce depends on the decisions young people make about their post-school qualifications and careers,” he said.

“It is essential that young people are adequately equipped with the right information to make informed decisions about their future career paths given the dynamic nature of the Australian labour market.”

Ivan also discussed the impact of technology and automation on jobs, noting that these have always been a feature of a changing labour market - modifying existing jobs and displacing others.

“New jobs are created all the time and it’s particularly important in the future for workers to constantly learn new skills and keep up with technological changes to keep their career options open,” he explained.

Reflecting the sentiments of attending local employers and Youth Industry Ambassadors, who also spoke to the students, Ivan said that while young people need to finish Year 12 (or equivalent) at a minimum, students with post-school qualifications will have better job prospects.

“Regardless of what the job is, strong employability and interpersonal skills are required for working in a team and getting the job done,” Ivan said.

“Students need to be prepared to start from the bottom and work their way up, but they also need support to make decisions and get as much exposure to jobs and workplaces as they can.”

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