9 Must Know National and International Mega Trends Affecting Your Work

Best not wing it. You should know the trends impacting your career strategy. For national and international trends tell you what skills to develop.

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” ― Mark Twain

Map Out The Skills You Need to Prosper

To LEARN MORE, consult this link for self-paced, live online & coaching options.

In a complex world, there are many trends such as the ones facing Europe. Many of these will apply to other regions of the world. But here the focus is on work and the ability to make a decent living.

Trend 1: The Trust Shift

If you look carefully at the numbers, people don’t trust the government or big corporations to do what’s right or even to tell the truth. So who do we trust? Individuals, often on social media channels.

2017 World-Wide Human Capital Survey by Deloitte. Every year Deloitte surveys global human resources survey in which they survey large businesses for the skills that they most want in the workforce.  

Trend 2: The Self-Employed Workforce: The Rise of the Gig Economy

In 2020 the number of self-employed workers in the United States is predicted to be 42 million people. More than 35 percent of the workforce is considered ‘gig’. This is work done by outsourcing teams, contractors, freelancers, and gig workers (paid by the task).

Crowd workers are those who compete to participate. They are often only paid if they are among the top participants in a competition.

This can be a threat or an opportunity depending on the person. But the alternative workforce (Deloitte, 2019) is happening now. According to Bershin globally, more than 77 Million people are freelancers and about 50 percent of organizations use them.

Source: The alternative workforce: It’s now mainstream

Audio: How The Gig Economy Is Changing the Nature of Work. Some countries have had legal protections such that you might be able to retire after a lifetime of working for one business employer. But this dream is increasing out of the reach of many. Many will have to figure out how to prosper without job security.

Trend 3: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

According to an article on Workplace Trends in Forbes, over 76 percent of business leaders believe that Artificial Intelligence is fundamental to success. The companies that have already implemented AI have seen a boost of 39 percent in their revenue.  Who knows if these numbers are correct? But executives believe it and are will to through huge tranches of organizational resources into it.

Let us be honest, the best organizations are doing things differently than those mired in mediocrity. This means machine learning systems will be deployed in two ways. As:

  •  Augmented Intelligence: Machines learning augments human decisions.
  • Autonomous Intelligence: Artificial intelligence decides and executes autonomously.

Essentially you humans ins the chain someplace in the augmented option or out of the loop completely in the autonomous option.

How artificial intelligence is already impacting today’s jobs. Good research to take a look at. For example, it mentions three major trends:

  • AI skills are among the fastest-growing skills on LinkedIn, and saw a 190% increase from 2015 to 2017.
  • Industries with more AI skills present among their workforce are also the fastest-changing industries.
  • The countries with the highest penetration of AI skills are the United States, China, India, Israel, and Germany.

For More Reading

Harvard Business Review: Why AI Will Shift Decision-Making From the C-Suite to the Frontline. See how this AI and other related technologies are changing the nature of work. As the article states, “There is no question that big data and AI will bring about important advances in the realm of management, especially as it relates to being able to make better-informed decisions.”

Pew Research Center: Predictions for the State of AI and Robotics in 2025

Trend 4: The Rise of Social Networks

It’s not who you know, it’s what you know. The rule that says competence is more important than relationships is inaccurate. Both are important.

The usage of applications such as Google Docs and Slack makes it easier for employees to communicate, share ideas, and work together wherever they may be. In the case of contact and location, Skype has also helped a lot of employers and employees get and stay in contact with one another no matter if they may be out of state or out of the country. Telecommuting is also made easier

Trend 5: The Hot Skills For The Future

Economists typically assume the future is like the past. And that’s where they typically go wrong — the 21st Century is very different from the previous ones. See one-way technology is changing relationships and how this creates an opportunity for the organizational skilled.

LinkedIn: Pulse; This article lists 10 skills likely to be in even when machine learning and AI become more prominent.

Forbes: The Most Important Skill For 21st Century Success. What new skills have you had to pick up so far in your career?  How about in a year or five years from now? 

CNBC: The CEO of Linkedin Shares the No. 1 Job Skill Employees Lack. 

Blackline Magazine: 6 SKILLS ACCOUNTANTS NEED TO SURVIVE THE ROBOT UPRISING. Many professions are going to be impacted this century by AI. One of those is accounting. Still, it is thought that there are certain skills accountants can develop to minimize this impact.

Trend 6: Automation Continues to Disrupt Existing Work Roles

The Silicon Valley Mantra of Disruption. Not so popular today. Definitely waning.

So, the AIs and the robots will destroy jobs. That much is clear. But what skills will you need in the future? What are skills employers want now?

Maybe. We can assume the political elites will not act to vote themselves out of a job. And CEOs will want to have a few loyal minions to make them feel good about themselves. Denial might drive away from the worry, but that doesn’t mean that machines can’t do most of what you do

So, the AIs and the robots will destroy jobs. That much is clear. But what skills will you need in the future? What are skills employers want now?

Trend 7: Emerging Technologies will Continue to Change Established Social Norms

Robots And AI: The Future Is Automated And Every Job Is At Risk. Nice video that sets the stage for what is happing with automation.

We are being changed by the world. It changes that will never end to emerging technologies. In Life in the future: Tech that will change the way we live such as:

  • artificial meat,
  • robots (everywhere),
  • 3-D printing
  • virtual reality
  • augmented reality

Trend 8: The Business Model Drives Automation

What would a completely automated world look like? Find out.

One sometimes wonders and sometimes wonders why decent people do bad things in a corporate setting.

Automation continues to transform the competitive landscape. One will continue to see articles saying something like surveyed companies plan to automate more work in the next 12 months.

In The Future of AI and Automation in the Workforce, it predicts that:

  • 3 out of 4 organizations expect that automation will require new abilities from workers
  • Around 45% of the present day’s undertakings could be robotized

Trend 9: Competition or Competitive Advantage Drives The Business Model

Companies that have implemented the eCommerce marketing approach are the ones experiencing considerable growth.  There were an estimated 1.66 billion online buyers in 2017 and the projected number. by 2021 is expected to increase to 2.14 billion.  

Global Trends Impacting Marketing. The different ways that Marketing is shaping today’s world is an indicator of who fast things are changing. . This trend affects not only the way people will be able to market brands but also how we deal with the issue.

The following four emerging trends in eCommerce marketing:

  1.   Personalization and Customer Engagement – Because ecommerce stores lack face-to-face personal interaction, opportunities are being developed to tailor to the shoppers              needs based on his/her online search.
  2.   AI, Assistants and Chatbots – Robots are invading ecommerce stores; designed to make the shopper’s experience more pleasant.  
  3.    Interactive Product Visualization – Products can now be viewed by virtual reality.
  4.   Custom Retail Experiences – Companies are creating ecommerce experiences within a retail store by way of digital kiosks.

Site Resources

Leave a Reply

Work Skills For the 21st Century