Where will the Jobs Be?


What will I be when I grow up? is a question that fascinates youngsters and even those on the cusp of adulthood. Only a decade ago, it seemed that with the right skills, university degree or family connection, employment was easy as buying a train ticket. Careers were limited only by aspiration. But what’s in store for our sons and daughters?

Technology Marches On

The information-communications-technology (ICT) sector will remain a dominant employer. This tri-sector is a crucible for exciting new business start-ups. The march of technology is unstoppable: the internet of things, artificial intelligence (AI), driverless cars, and 3D printing.

Technological development leads to greater efficiency and lowers production cost, but it adversely affects the value of workers. Labour has moved from manual to mechanical, to digital. With…

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