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16 October 2014
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Work - but not as we know it!

Computers, robots, fax machines, e-mail, the Internet, digital TV....

In the last 50 years we have seen a revolution in technology, in the way we live and in the way we work.

Traditional ways of working are disappearing. Old jobs are going and new ones are taking their place.

To be successful in tomorrow’s competitive job market you need to know what employers will be looking for. Qualifications are important, but qualifications alone will never guarantee you a job. You also need the right skills and personal qualities to succeed at work and get on in life.

How is work changing?

  • Fewer low skill jobs, especially in manufacturing.
  • More jobs in ‘customer service’ industries like call centres.
  • More women in the work force.
  • More people able to work from home because of new office technology like computers and e-mail.
  • More flexible, but less secure, ways of working – fixed-term contracts, temporary and part-time jobs and self-employment.
  • More job changing - fewer people will stay in exactly the same job throughout their working life.

What are people doing?

Getting transferable skills
These are the ‘generic’ and ‘key’ skills, like communication and team working, which are needed in nearly all jobs.

Becoming ‘knowledge’ workers
Highly skilled, self-motivated people, able to produce work of high quality with minimum supervision.

Learning throughout life
Constantly up-dating their knowledge and skills throughout their working life.

What are employers doing?

Employing fewer people or not replacing vacant posts.

Reducing the number of supervisors or managers, especially ‘middle’ managers.

‘Job loading’
Increasing the level of responsibility within jobs and expecting more of people.

Decreasing the number of ‘core’ permanent staff and increasing the number of people on temporary or short-term contracts.

What should I do?

  • Make informed choices about what, how and where to study and train for.
  • Get qualified - low skill jobs are disappearing.
  • Know and develop the transferable skills that employers want.
  • Gain relevant work experience.
  • Be flexible about job choice and willing to adapt to new ways of working.
  • Plan and manage your career - don’t leave it to chance.
  • Improve your qualifications and skills throughout your working life.

Find out about Future Jobs in Wales with our five year prediction

Cymraeg (Welsh)


Also see...
Future Jobs in Wales
Where will the jobs be?

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Key Skills

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