Predictions for the World of Work in 2024 and Beyond: Implications for Career Practitioners

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Summary: The future of work is so much more than AI and automation. It is all the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution and how they are being used in different industries plus industry specific technologies which are changing all industries in ways we never imagined. Drones are transporting medical equipment to accident sites; huge undersea tunnels are being built and senior homes are using virtual reality to improve the health of their patients.

Career counselors, coaches and practitioners will have an opportunity to learn about fourth industrial technologies plus industry specific technologies and how the future of work is changing. Not just in the next year but far beyond. They will be encouraged to share this information with their clients; how we will work in the future and the gig economy, emerging technologies, and the GTE (Global, Technological and Entrepreneurial) mindset needed to succeed in a changing workplace.

This session focuses on what career development professionals need to know to prepare, and more importantly how to inspire their clients for the fourth industrial revolution and the future workplace.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Explore how the world of work is changing including in person and work from anywhere philosophies.
  • Identify what skills will be needed in the fourth industrial revolution and the gig economy, specifically preparing practitioners and clients to develop entrepreneurial, technological, and global mindsets to prepare for the future workplace.
  • Discuss how emerging technologies like AI and industry specific technologies are changing the work landscape and creating greater work opportunities.

Your Presenter: Ann Nakaska

Ann Nakaska BA, M. Ed., CDF specializes in career decision making and career planning. She has a background and education in Business and Accounting, Psychology and Education. She has over 30 years in personal and professional development.

While her parents had very little money when Ann was growing up, they still managed to find little treasures that inspired Ann in her interests. Christmas stockings contained items specific to each child. This was the beginning of Ann’s understanding of the power of support in career development. As a mom and a gramma, she has continued the tradition, and supports each of her children’s and now grandchildren’s’ interests through gifts and activities.

Ann has always been interested in labor market information and became fascinated in the future workplace when reading William Bridge’s book Jobshift. She is very concerned about the future workplace and the replacement of people by robots. As a result, she sought to answer the question, “Will there be any jobs in the future?” This was the starting point of her current research on career opportunities of the future.

Her work is the culmination of:

  • Parson’s work on knowing industry.
  • Vygotsky’s work on the zone of proximal difference and how people (not just children) need more support to be successful.
  • William Bridges work on transitions and his book Jobshift.
  • Her research into the fourth industrial revolution technologies and her findings that there will be more work in the future than we can possibly handle.

The belief in people’s imaginations and their ability to solve problems through innovation.

As she has studied this topic, she is in awe of people’s ingenuity. She strongly believes in preparing clients for the future workplace by building skills and understanding industry trends, especially regarding the fourth industrial revolution technologies and the gig economy. She is optimistic about the future of work, has written articles and delivered many presentations on the fourth industrial revolution. She has also guest-edited a special journal on How We Will Work in the Future.