All that time you were paying attention to digital disruption—surprise! It’s demographic disruption that will change the way we work and live, perhaps even more, because the perceptions of age and ageing are so fundamental to the way we have lived for centuries, and the way we regard careers.
At 60, I can expect to live another 30 years (on average). A female born in 2012 will, on average, live for an estimated 94.4 years; a male 91.6 years. During that period, both men and women will have multiple careers, and working life may stretch well into a person’s 70s.
By the middle of the century there will be 50,000 centenarians and the number of 85-year-olds is expected to rise from 400,000 in 2007 to 1.6 million in 2047. You may need to postpone your ‘midlife crisis’ until at least 45 or 50!
As renowned commentator, Bernard Salt, has noted: this changes the way we think about growing up, retiring, and the entire approach to work and career. We should have more fun; take time out to refresh and learn, and expect that our old ideas about how work and life progress are in for big changes.
With the profound shift in the rapidly evolving employment landscape over the coming years, this issue of unisabusiness magazine—The Career Issue—is timely. Anticipating and preparing now for future skills requirements, new career paths and changing employment expectations is critical for organisations and individuals.
To seize the opportunities, and more importantly, to mitigate undesirable outcomes, we look at how closing the gender gap for women in senior management can have a trickle-down effect in the article Gender by Numbers.
Using knowledge and understanding to find solutions to new problems, and to create new products and services, is the essence of Everyday Entrepreneurs. And in Caring for our Carers, we look at how improving work practices will deliver quality aged care services for older Australians.
The world we lived in 50 years ago is different from today, as it will be in 50 years’ time. New economies, global impacts, ageing populations, new technologies and the need for new skills at work is the challenge of today, as well as the opportunities of tomorrow.
Many writers have noted that careers are something best understood when looking back. Careers are the story of the journey that we have taken in our working life. This collection of articles encourages us all to look forward to the new types of work, and the profile of the working population that are our future. Enjoy!