Six Trends Transforming Careers in 2019

Six Trends Transforming Careers in 2019

I am an Associate with Career Thought Leaders, a global think tank for the now, the new and the next in careers. Every year we release a white paper on trends in careers based on information gathered from career industry professionals worldwide. Here are six trends in careers for 2019:

  • Generations – Millennials continue to be the largest generation in the workforce and have been since 2016. More people 65 and older are in the workforce now than ever before.
  • The Gig Economy – Temporary workers, independent contractors, freelancers and people working in the sharing economy, such as Uber drivers, are part of the gig economy or contingent workforce. 20% of companies worldwide have a contingent workforce of more than 30%. Up to 162M people are part of the gig economy in the US and Europe.
  • Education – Apprenticeships are at the center of recent labor policies in the US, UK and Australia. Participation is growing in the US and at record levels in the UK. Credentials are important for jobs now and in the future, but a four-year college degree is not required for many of them.
  • Artificial Intelligence – Nearly 60% of $1B+ companies have pilot programs for robotic automation. In 2017, 84% of organizations polled by the Human Resources Professionals Association believed that AI is a useful tool for HR and that trend continues.
  • Social Media – In a 2018 poll by Jobvite, a software and recruiting company, found that 77% of recruiters used LinkedIn and 63% used Facebook. In addition to using social media to identify job candidates, software is being used to score social profiles for personality traits.
  • Storytelling – Recruiters are influenced by LinkedIn profiles that tell the story of an individual. Profiles are more effective when they provide information about an individual that complements the resume for social media, rather than simply repeating the resume word for word.

Here is a link to an interesting article in Forbes magazine about these trends:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2019/04/01/6-workplace-megatrends-to-know-to-advance-your-career/#40fc2f9e53d6

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