Retraining? What Are Future-Proof Jobs?
There’s a lot of talk about Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and the increasing automation of a number of processes. As a result, many jobs could be made obsolete, or certainly change considerably, due to the introduction of this new technology.
But there are some professions that are set to stick around (more or less) in their current form for some time to come, which means if you’re thinking of retraining to give yourself a more certain career path, the following options could be worth exploring.
An article for Verdict recently highlighted five of the top future-proof jobs, so these could be the way to go in the coming few years.
Construction worker was one of them. Going on construction training courses will put you in a great position to find work in the coming years, especially following Brexit. The UK was already facing a significant construction skills shortage and this has only been exacerbated following the country’s decision to leave the EU.
A lack of EU workers coming in to fill positions on our sites, and uncertainty about how the visa process might work in the sector going forward have all led to fewer European workers and a void that UK construction experts are struggling to fill.
On top of all of this, the government is trying to encourage a greater level of house building to provide enough homes for our population and all of that adds up to more work but fewer people to do it.
In fact, a recent white paper published by the National Federation of Builders (NFB) warned that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place in March, we could risk losing even more skilled workers in the sector than we did in the 2008 financial crisis.
Ten years ago, the country lost an estimated 250,000 skilled construction workers, so there are clearly plenty of opportunities in the industry if you fancy a career change.
Other professions you could consider if you want to switch things up in the new year relate to the technology that’s bringing about all the change – cyber security and artificial intelligence (AI) professionals are both in strong demand and will continue to be as we move towards Industry 4.0.
Verdict noted that AI is instrumental in many of the changes occuring, and pointed out that there’s a skills gap here that needs to be filled. Meanwhile, with more and more of our data online and in digital formats, the need for cyber security experts has never been greater.
The threats are evolving, as are the techniques and technology being used to combat them, which makes this a fascinating area to enter and one that will involve continuous learning and development.
Nurses and healthcare professionals as well as teachers/educators were the other two areas the news provider suggested people consider retraining in. As with construction, the healthcare sector is likely to be negatively impacted by Brexit and the availability of skilled workers from the EU.
There’s also a national shortage of teachers looming, especially given that there is currently a growing school-age population, making this a rewarding area that will provide varied career opportunities.