I think we are all aware that the world has changed from where we were 5 years ago. We live in an ever growing digital age, where AI and tech is a constant topic of conversation. It’s a fact of life that in another 5 years bots will take a lot of our jobs, and, eventually, a lot of our traditional job roles will no longer exist. As the bots get smarter (and humans get lazier – thanks Google), it’s likely that at some point in the future only roles that require human empathy will remain to exist.
Whilst this all sounds quite doom and gloom, the silver lining is that not only will life-changing new tech advancements continue to storm the market (and create job opportunities for what is bound to be a more technologically advanced emerging job force), the world of today has really paved the way for us to ‘be our own boss’. Social platforms have helped launch multiple successful careers, from the comfort of your own home, and often little or no investment. The world is an oyster for creative minds – passion and purpose has become more important than academics and class.
Gone are the days were we are a slave to the corporate world – developing new ideas is something that is encouraged, and you no longer have to be a Managing Director of someone else’s business to really earn the big bucks. The corporate world does in fact now have to answer to us: create a flexible, enticing work environment, or we will go and work for someone that does, or, worse still, for ourselves.
It seems obscene to the younger generation that their parents stayed with one company from graduation to retirement, doing an OK job and feeling marginally satisfied come their final paycheck. They’ve ticked the typical corporate boxes; probably spent 25% of their working life sat in traffic, and another 25% watching the clock in their monotonous 9-5, procrastinating at any opportunity possible. They are left feeling unsatisfied, and actually quite sad.
Gen-Y's work from their laptops, in a coffee-shop full of like-minded, go-getters. They feel able to talk openly and honestly about their innovative ideas, they don't mind 'working' on the weekend - because they often feel like they are not working at all. Our new world tells us that anything is possible: people are encouraged to grow and challenge themselves, businesses change and adapt, people move on, change careers, take breaks. People enjoy life.
In a corporate setting, having a strategic mindset and commercial acumen is now paramount. Typical administrative duties have now been automated, which has meant that job roles are becoming broader, and more focused on driving innovative solutions as opposed to BAU. The age of a CEO continues to decrease (queue Commbank's recent announcement on the appointment of Matt Comyn, who at 42 is the youngest CEO of a Big 4 bank) and the number of UK start-up's it at an all time high.
We live in an age were we are not only allowed but encouraged to pursue our dreams and find things that we are they are genuinely passionate about. When you pair passion and purpose with drive and ambition you are really on to a winning combination. I for one am excited to see what the future holds. My fear is those reluctant to change are at the risk of being left behind.