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Jobs for life a thing of the past for Gen Y with technology generating dramatic changes in the job market

Jobs for life are a thing of the past, with the average Gen Y worker holding four positions before they’re 30.

The employment market is changing so dramatically that most of the jobs they’ll hold in their 40s haven’t been created yet.

New analysis from McCrindle Research shows new industries and careers emerging faster than ever, with social media, digital advertising, and green jobs dominating in the last decade alone.

Jobs of the past include cash toll booth operators, bowling alley pinsetters, lift operators, radio actors, and street lamp lighters.

But new positions are being created all the time, with teleworkers, medical researchers such as nanotechnologists, sustainability officers, blog and app developers, and cyber security professionals spearheading employment of the future.

Drivers of change include lifestyle changes that see more people outsourcing personal tasks, global opportunities such as new markets overseas, and demographic changes such as the ageing population.

Mark McCrindle, director of McCrindle Research, said labor market change was occurring at “unprecedented rates”.

“There is no doubt that the shifting changes we are seeing as a result of technological advancements will continue to accelerate,” he said.

“The challenge is to future-proof careers.

“Organisations that are thriving in changing times offer transferrable skills that can be adapted to the ever-changing employment landscape and timeless skills such as people skills that don’t get easily outdated,” he said.

As the creator of The Design Files, Australia’s most popular design blog, Lucy Feagins, 32, holds a “new” job that wouldn’t have existed ten years ago.

She started the blog in 2008 and quit her day job when it began taking up more and more time.

“You can’t have rigid plan in place for work, you just have to see where things take you,” she said.

“I’m surprised and delighted to be able to do this”.

But don’t write the “old” jobs off just yet. Kilsyth train conductor Les Fenwick, 88, has proudly donned his Puffing Billy conductor’s cap for 22 years and is far from running out of steam.

Mr Fenwick said he believed the work of directing passengers and speaking of the railway’s history was valuable to the community.

“If we don’t pass this on to young people, it’s going to get lost. We’ve got to keep it going,’’ he said.

New careers

1. Sustainability Officers

2. Teleworking Coordinator

3. Medical Nanotechnologist

4. App Developer

5. Cyber Security Professional

Old Jobs

1. Switchboard Operator

2. Bowling Alley Pinsetter

3. Elevator Operator

4. Radio Actors

5. Lamplighters

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank The Telegraph where this article first appeared. 

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