Nowadays average age of Europeans is 37 years, and we know it is rising rapidly. So rapidly that in 2050 the average will be 52 already. Which will be the impact on society? And on governments and the countries budgets (i.e. pensions, healthcare, entertainment, education, food, transport, etc)? If we consider that it will mean big changes, which will be the appearance of the labour force of the emerging countries in the worldwide economy? And on the active population?
We were mentioning age, and we should also consider how such an enormous workforce from emerging countries will be mostly of millennial (66% in 2033). Therefore their values, talents, ideals, and objectives will be significantly different from those of today’s workforce, and especially of those of the average citizen in Europe. Which will be their impact on younger generations?
And we have not yet mentioned that 47% aprox of currently existing (in 2018-2019) jobs will no longer be human jobs in 20 years from now. They will be replaced by machines, software and robots. This is optimization of processes, improvement, innovation, and what we were longing for. However, are we ready for that change?
Those who are able to adapt quicker and smoother to this changing labour environment will be those who quickly evolve towards a “knowmad” mindset. The “knowmad” mindset combines “know”(ledge) and “nomad” and has its core meaning in innovation and flexibility. Future is just for knowledge workers; a kind of profesional who has evolved -in the more wholistic and sophisticated possible way- re-uniting all other labour skills, such as the freelance, entrepreneur, or self-employed.
Anyone, either a C-executive or the business owner, or a first-line employee, can and should be “knowmad”. This shift is not just a fancy trend, as this is the type of professional to be more in demand and more in development in a very near future, just round the corner. If you want to survive in such a changing and challenging environment, just start completing your education by learning something completely unrelated to your base education, and get ready for the longest working life you can think about. So lifelong learning and lifelong work, without a “safety net”, working on a per-project base, managing your time and responsibilities.
Welcome to the new real world, either we like it or not, and where adaptability and resilience will be a must to navigate and succeed. Good luck!