The future of work is Creative.
Creativity is the innate human ability to generate ideas, solve difficult problems, and exploit new opportunities. It is the fuel for innovation today and in the years ahead.
"More than half of the jobs that will be done by students who are currently in elementary school have not been invented yet."
- The World Economic Forum
Why is creative work so hard to achieve?
Work used to be driven by efficiency. The process was intentionally linear and divided into parts in which people could specialize. But the problems we face today are so much more complex, they require creative thinking and a very different work process in which people and ideas diverge, converge, and iterate. [Source]
So, what skills will people require to thrive in the new economy?
The most in-demand skills in the imagination economy will be soft skills, which are a lot more difficult for machines to master. These skills include managing others, oral and written communication and applying expertise.
Jobs of the future will also require more social and emotional skills as well as critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.
- According to a research conducted by the Foundation for Young Australians, jobs of the future will require workers with 70% more transferable and non-industry specific soft skills.
- Another report by McKinsey Global Institute, published in November 2017, states that by 2030, up to 14% of the global workforce (between 75 and 375 million workers) will have to retrain and learn new skills that will allow them to adapt to the new jobs that will emerge due to automation.