For your grandmother, the future was what would happen in 50 years. Stability was the usual tonic. The changes needed many years to be carried out. Everything was as slow as a turtle.That sustained, placid, calm tempo, so typical of rural environments, has passed. With the establishment of big cities, the consolidation of railway communications and the implementation of telephone lines, we began the accelerated race towards the future. If we need almost two thousand years to get to that point, we didn’t need even 10% of that time to get to the next one.The next one is where you find yourself: in the century of the internet and globalization. And now, you’re about to enter the Vertiginous Age, where changes are faster than time itself.
Try to imagine what the future will be like at work.We give you some clues to facilitate the exercise.
1- Remote Work. Not only COVID and its consequences are the engines of this new type of employment. The global village provides planetary contacts and new technologies allow connections that, until very recently, were unthinkable.The psychological, economic and even social implications of teleworking have to be managed correctly.That’s the challenge of your generation.
2- Multifunction. It is increasingly common to complement specialization, the great bastion of the 20th century, with a more Renaissance and complete approach of the worker.The trend is towards the polymath. Keep it in mind. Don’t leave disciplines entirely.Try to retain complementary knowledge in numerous materials. Being an expert is a great aptitude, but in these times it’s clearly insufficient.
3- Changing teams.Team members must be versatile and the organization of the company must favor the agile dismantling of teams and the search for new participants more suited to the new circumstances.As in nineteenth-century ballroom dances, you have to get used to changing partners without changing the choreography.
4- Volatility. But in a positive way. As opposed to boredom. Professional careers, once, could be developed in a single company. The example of the bellboy who became a hotel manager is recurrent.That ended. Professional experience is based on projects, not companies.The “video game culture” has been installed.Games start and end constantly.
5- Failure tolerance.Failure in these fast-paced conditions is a toll that must be paid, and, every time, more and more companies are happy to pay it.Our society has always hidden mistakes as something shameful and, at first, it will be difficult for you to accept it.However, the engine of progress, even of Nature itself, is trial and error. Learn from your failures; It’s a priceless school.
With all these pieces, so different from the ones your parents used, How are you going to prepare for the job of the future?