The changing nature of work is a concept we are all grappling with and is dearly in need of focus to ensure we preparing our economies for different jobs in the future. I tackled elements of this last year in this blog post talking about the future of the industry OptimalBI works within – Data Science – and what we can expect to see automated. This lovely video “Humans Need Not Apply” visually represents automation progression through recent years and speculates on how this will impact our workforce requirements in the not-too-distant-future.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is the one area job growth is predicted to out strip any other industry, one UK report predicts Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) will add 217,000 new jobs to the UK economy by 2020 alone. The US Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics also claim STEM workers earn 26% more on average than non-STEM – so the arguments are compelling.
To do our part OptimalBI is focusing on supporting initiatives designed to open young minds to the possibilities of STEM careers.
A brilliant event OptimalBI supported earlier this year was CodeClub Beehive. Held on the first day of TechWeek 2017 this catalyst event brought 35 primary school aged children to the Banquet Hall at the Beehive where they literally taught dozens of politicians, their aids and officials to code! both using unplugged techniques and in scratch based CodeClub Aotearoa projects.
The vibe was brilliant and was a great opportunity to expose policy and decision makers to how enthusiastically these students have embraced learning to code and to be frank – just how easy that can be. Today Stuff published a lovely writeup of the event.
NZTech created this brilliant nationwide initiative in New Zealand, ShadowTech Day, designed to expose young women at high school to the possibilities of careers in the Digital Technology Industry by teaming them up with mentors and businesses. On today in Wellington we are hosting 3 young women here at OptimalBI as I write this blog which is awesome.
Initiatives like ShadowTech Day are invaluable opportunities for young women to meet a vast range of women who have found their Digital Technology roles via many different paths. The World Economic Forum reminds us why it’s important to expose women to the possibilities in this article “8 things women should know about the future of work“:
Women could be in the firing line of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Some of the largest job losses are expected in job families with the largest share of female employees, such as Office and Administrative roles.
Time for everyone to get involved
As the future of work is almost upon us there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in supporting initiatives like these, help open young minds and attract a more diverse range of people into STEM careers. This will be key to enabling future economic prosperity through continued employment, at higher income levels for many groups.
If you need help identifying, finding or attaching to an initiative just let me know, there are so many great Charities and organisations out there whose impact is only limited by resources. Vic.