Jobs in 2030: 10 Predictions to Make You Future-Ready

The world has changed beyond our imagination over the last few years, especially since the pandemic. When you think of 2030, you might feel overwhelmed thinking what else might unfold in the coming years. VUCA is a term increasingly being used in the context of global business environment. VUCA stands for Volatile Uncertain Complex and Ambiguous.

Every field of work has undergone a lot of change in the VUCA world. And there’s more uncertainty than ever as to what the future holds for all of us.

You must be wondering if you’re on the right track. Do your passions align with future jobs? Are your skills future-ready? If not, what do you need to do to future-proof your career?

You are about to find out.

The Future of Jobs in 2030

As per a report by McKinsey, although the rise in automation and artificial intelligence will eliminate many jobs, technology is bringing exciting job opportunities in your way.

Many leading agencies have been studying the trends in technology, economics, and society to predict what jobs may look like in the year 2030. Here’s what to expect in the next few years.

  1. The healthcare sector is unfolding more jobs opportunities

The pandemic has brought our healthcare systems to the center stage. The demand for healthcare providers is rising worldwide due to an increase in illnesses. As more people focus on their health, the demand for wellness practitioners is growing. In addition, new jobs are emerging in the geriatric care and pet care domains.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the healthcare sector will add millions of jobs, especially high-paying ones, in the next decade.

  1. The best of technology is yet to come

The growth of technology has been at a supersonic speed in the last few years. But, the best is yet to come. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, 6G mobile networks, blockchain, and many other technological advancements will transform the nature of many jobs.

  1. Administrative and support jobs will gradually disappear

Automation of work has been taking over the administration and support roles. As the organisations continue to adopt new technology for customer support, bookkeeping, and other such tasks, these jobs will be lost over the next 10 years.

  1. Remote work will be the norm

Recently, companies have had to adopt remote work culture as they had no choice due to the pandemic. However, remote work culture is predicted to become common all over the world in the near future.

Seeing the benefits of remote work, many major companies like Twitter, Facebook, PayPal, and Infosys have allowed permanent remote work for as much as 50% of their employees. Other companies are also set to go remote soon. 

  1. More people are going to freelance full-time

The younger generation is finding 9 to 5 jobs dull. Thanks to the flexible working hours and job location, more and more youngsters prefer working as full-time freelancers. Also, creative freedom along with the high-income potential is popularising the freelance landscape.

  1. Softs skills will be high in demand

Artificial intelligence will indeed wipe off many jobs, but still, it won’t replace human intelligence. Interpersonal communication, decision-making, problem-solving – these are some skills that will continue to be very high in demand in the future.

  1. Online learning will continue to boom

Online education has been pacing up for some time. The pandemic forced it to accelerate even further. By 2030, we’ll see online education become more personalised, immersive, and interactive with the introduction of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies.

  1. ‘Passion’ economy will thrive

Social media has given a voice and new ways to earn money to artists, craftspeople, and people passionate about a particular thing. With the growth of technology, people adopting their unconventional passion as a career will continue to rise.

UNESCO also recognises the contribution of creative pursuits in economic growth and promotes a creative economy as a part of their sustainable development goals for 2030.

  1. Digital marketing will not stop growing

As more and more businesses go digital in the future, digital marketing is going to be essential for brands to attract and retain customers. People who can create content, build and manage digital campaigns, and study audience behaviour online will continue to be in demand.

  1. You’ll need to keep skilling up

The future is all set for major transformations. You won’t be able to escape it. So, you’ll have to adapt and upskill to not just survive but thrive.

Future-Proofing Your Career

The world is changing fast and you’re not alone in feeling uncertain about what the future holds. These predictions are hinting at a future dominated by technology, creativity, and soft skills.

As we approach 2030, the key to future-proofing your career is to learn futuristic skills and adapt continuously. To take the future head-on, you need to work on your passions, and actively design your life pathways. The Power Club ecosystem enables ambitious and curious teenagers to do just that. By interacting with industry experts, and collaborating with global peers on real world projects, you get to test drive future careers and build your own unique future pathways.

All the reasons why project-based learning is the future

project based learning

Project-Based Learning not a brand-new concept. It’s been around since before formal education was normalised. This concept, called project-based learning, is simply a method of learning that heavily depends on problem-solving and innovating through practical application. Let’s understand this better.

What is project-based learning?

The project-based learning model is the method of learning and grasping new knowledge through practical and project-based methods. Further, it’s known to help learners acquire deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.

While textbooks give you the conceptual foundations, real-world experiences give you the wings to fly and discover what you want to be. The conventional learning paradigm has a one-way flow of pre-prepared information. On the contrary, project-based learning or problem-based learning lets you discover interests and passions via a whole new world of innovation and creativity.

Simple examples of project-based learning activities include creating volcanos, monuments, or even solar systems for school projects. Finding solutions to environmental issues, pitching an innovative business idea are also some examples. Now that we know what it is, let’s dive into understanding how PBL helps young learners like yourself in the long run. 

Advantages of project-based learning

Focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving

Project-based learning is essentially an inquiry-based method of learning that relies on solving problems through projects assigned to learners. In the long run, it enables you to view things critically in order to arrive at a solution that works. These skills go a long way in making you confident, job-ready and equipped for the future.

Builds Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTs)

Lower Order Thinking Skills or LOTs include remembering, recalling, understanding, and applying. On the other hand, skills such as analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, and creating are categorized as HOTs. When broken down, HOTs include everything from creativity, sense of inquiry, problem-solving, teamwork, and so many more skills. Moreover, these skills play a big role in shaping your future as they enable you to find your expression in the world and are better equipped to overcome challenges.

Accommodates a variety of learning styles

Every learner prefers a style of learning that suits them best. Project-based learning takes this very fact into account and allows you to work to your own advantage or capabilities. How? While project-based learning gives you a problem to solve or a project to complete, the method by which you choose to arrive at the end is entirely up to you. You can work to your strengths and build more specific interests over time.

Promotes independent learning and creativity

The ability to learn independently and test one’s creative boundaries is a skill often credited to this learning method (PBL). In this method, you are given the opportunity and tools to think out of the box and arrive at unconventional solutions to real-world problems presented before you. This not only sets you apart from the crowd but helps boost your confidence too.  

Encourages self-determined and self-directed learning

Through projects, you are given the canvas to explore and solve real-world challenges that require critical thinking. Something as simple as designing a marketing campaign for a sneaker launch can build a lifelong love for communication, maybe designing or even creative writing! It not only helps you build a deeper understanding of a concept but also encourages self-directed and self-determined learning. This, in turn, gives you all the necessary tools to understand your innate strengths and interests.

Challenges your limits

Real-world experiences teach learners skills such as resilience, divergent thinking, and perseverance. In the real world, you as a learner, get to express your unique opinions, approaches, and ideas. When you work on projects, there are no boundaries to expressing creativity. To take it further, it even allows you to push your limits and come up with 50 different solutions to a single problem, which then leads to innovation! 

Makes learning fun

A very important factor to take into consideration is that often young learners struggle to grasp complex theories, lose interest quickly, and can’t quite put 2 and 2 together. By following a project-based learning model,  you get to find your unique ways to obtain the same knowledge. Projects become intrinsically fun, engaging, and interesting. This definitely contributes in removing the intimidation that traditional learning methods often come with. 

At this point, you must have asked yourself this question at least once: Are there any downsides to this method? Let’s take a look.

Disadvantages of project-based learning

Requires time for research and implementation

Since project-based learning does not follow the rules of traditional learning, it can sometimes be hard to put a timeline to it. Learners should be given sufficient time to explore their ideas and creativity before arriving at a solution. 

Poses challenges for educators

In order to incorporate a project-based learning model into the curriculum, instructors have to drastically shift their teaching methodologies. They must find a means of assessing a student’s performance and take into consideration factors such as tasks completed, overall work, manner of arriving at a solution, communication among fellow students and team members, etc. Especially since it does not follow traditional assessment guidelines.

At Power Club, we enable career discovery through Challenges designed by Industry Experts. These are based on real-world scenarios and aim to equip the learners with core cognitive skills and contextual skills in a range of domains like Sustainability, Design, Engineering, and many more.

Is project-based learning effective?

We’ve read about the pros and cons but is project-based learning really that effective? The answer is subjective. Because the method of teaching and learning is both dependent on the teacher and learner respectively, the outcome may vary for all. Some learners thrive with a project-based learning model, where practical implementation of knowledge plays a key role. Keep in mind that every learner is different and what works for one may not work for the other. 

That said, problems-based learning or project-based learning is a great way to become an industry-fit professional and a resilient individual. A cycle of reflection and creation enables learners to identify their strengths and improve their skills. Just as one cannot learn cycling until they sit on a cycle, merely knowing a domain doesn’t add any value until you start exploring it.

Learners can start by exploring and then deep diving into fields that interest them and start creating micro-projects to test their affinity. In the long run, these challenges will help groom them not just for a job or career, but for the world beyond!