In the final instalment in our series of conference snapshots, Emsi’s CEO, Andrew Crapuchettes talks about the global future of work, arguing that the rapidly changing nature of the labour market means that it is becoming increasingly futile to think in terms of rigid job titles, many of which may or may not be around in ten years time. Instead, we need to think of jobs more in terms of their component skills, and do a better job of articulating what skills people need at every level of their career progression, so that this can be integrated more fully into ongoing, lifelong learning.
When you think about the global workforce it’s not what has traditionally been thought of, as you have manufacturing done in China and India, and you have the knowledge workers in the West. You’re seeing that the best workforce is having the right workforce for your company. Not just putting people in boxes of “they’re from this country”, or “they’re in this area”. Skilled workers are everywhere today. The global workforce is ever changing. Travel is so much easier and people are migrating around the globe.
How can we match those skills needs, locally and internationally?
The trick is going to be — when you’re trying to understand what the workforce is — you can’t just think of job titles the way you used to. “You’re a manufacturing person”! Advanced manufacturing requires as much computer skill as the old computer jobs used to require.
What we’re seeing today is that you need to understand skills embedded in the workforce, and skills embedded in people, and then be able to match that up with the skills that you’re looking for in your jobs. Don’t even worry about the regions necessarily, because the technology is available that you can have people working anywhere and performing skills that are just amazing, remotely.
What does the future of skills mean locally and globally?
When you’re thinking about the future of skills and how things work, the job titles that we’re using today don’t necessarily match, or they won’t match in the future. Skills will start to coalesce into new occupations and new careers. For example, Cybersecurity wasn’t even a thing, not too many years ago and that’s now a job title we all talk about.
What’s the job title of the future going to be?
For us to be able to understand that, we need to dis-aggregate job titles into skills. What that allows you to do — if you can do it — is to take entry level positions and understand the kind of “Lego learners” as we’re calling them. What are the pieces that those entry level people need to get to the next level, and the next level, and the next level. We might not even know that job title yet, but we’re starting to see those skills emerging.
Those come out of job postings for employers, in resumes from workers, and people being able to talk about, “Hey, I can do this thing”. As we start to see those skills coalesce into a job title, then that helps direct where people should go, and how they should put their effort into those learning outcomes.
Check out the rest of our short videos in this 2019 Emsi Conference series on our YouTube Channel. To find out more about how we can help your thinking around the skills of the future, contact us now.