Essentially, it appears that whilst the evolving world is concerned about food security and transportation, the planet will continue to be in need of financial experts (auditors, economists, treasurers, and accountants) who can help to maximise income and save on rising operating costs in both the private and public sectors.
Techno-savvy and artisan related jobs will remain a high priority whilst Senior Phase and FET Phase teachers are seen to be in great demand. Staying with education, post-graduate studies have seen the removal of doctoral degrees from the New Critical Skills list for 2022 (IBN.co.za). The interesting aspect of this lies in the practicality that jobs appear to espouse in the post-modern age, with minimal focus on traditional philosophical methodologies of past ages. Whilst humanity may still appreciate and ogle over someone’s title as a 'doctor', a lift mechanic appears to be a more welcoming pragmatism in a technocentric world.
Modern times have also called for workers to be far more multi-skilled in their line of work to minimise workplace disruptions and redundancy and to enhance staff efficiency and business operations. Basically, employers require their workforce to be a lot more 'flexible and adaptable' when it comes to their specific industry (Accipio, 2022). Whilst automation continues to steal away non-skilled and semi-skilled employment opportunities, an essential requirement to help increase job placement and security should compel school-leavers to pursue at least a certificate, diploma, or degree as a form of post-matric studies.
Along with the flexibility requirement in employability and recruitment processes, the same goes for the kind of qualification one may consider applying for – less specialised qualifications and more open-ended or dual-purpose study programmes that offer more than one option for employment are far more ideal and practical.
The question that begs some sort of an answer from the working class is ‘what is the next step in your career?’ Whether planning towards it, just starting off, developing it, or closely heading towards retirement, there’s a part to be played by everyone in the world of work.
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