By Sarah Binney
It probably won’t come as a surprise to hear the job landscape is significantly different from what it was ten – or even five – years ago. Rapid technological change, innovation, automation, generational shifts in the workforce and the economic downturn are just a few factors shaping the ‘new economy’ where new skills and digital literacy are overtaking traditional education and knowledge as employer ‘must haves’.
As a young professional looking to land my dream job, my entire job search strategy has been shaped by the implications of this new economy, where tech skills reign supreme and ‘Internet Explorer’ competencies matter as little as yesterday’s newspaper. This is further amplified by my impending move to the ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made’, a city of intense competitiveness with an uncanny knack for soul destroying rejection. I’m guessing Alicia Keys and Jay Z have never had to contemplate taking on a job that pays as little as $10 an hour just to meet the demands of astronomical rent prices and an overwhelming penchant for gourmet bagels.
Whether in New York or Brisbane, one thing remains the same. Traditional career paths have been irreversibly shaken up and all students and graduates must now consider how to sell themselves to potential employers through knowing their skills, establishing their personal brand and becoming a valuable commodity in an age of decentralised workplaces and digital disruption.
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