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CHAC Careers: Non-cognitive skills are also important for getting future jobs

Thank you to Year 12 parents and students for your participation in recent Career Planner Review meetings where we discussed topics such as jobs for the future. In light of those discussions, you may find the following information and articles of interest.

Robots are becoming our colleagues and we should realise how great this is

We have been told repeatedly that automation is going to take over our jobs.  However, this article suggests that we are entering a world of wonderful opportunity and not one of digital doom and gloom. In the future, robots will perform more and more jobs, which will make our enterprising (and ultimately human) skills, more sought after than ever. Computers will likely continue to become extensions of our ideas and processes, not a force to be competed with. Read the full article on the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) website.

Not Every Computer-Related Job Is IT

The field of computing has expanded rapidly over the past decade and we know that many current computing students will take on jobs that do not even exist today.  An article published in February 2018 by Janet Miller and Randy Connolly, suggests that an understanding of computing disciplines to help guide students in choosing the right career path is essential. The article states "despite the fact that computer-related careers are the paradigmatic work of the 21st century, surprisingly little is known about the range of work people can do within this field. Perceptions of computing are especially shaped by stereotypical portrayals in film and television (insert mental picture of cubical work or darkened basements, of hackers and programming geeks, here)."

The article goes on to identify five distinct disciplines within computing: computer science (CS), information systems (IS), software engineering (SE), computer engineering (CE) and information technology (IT). This is an interesting article for anyone considering a career within the IT field or for those exploring their options. You can read the full article or visit ceric.ca/computing for more information.

Non-cognitive skills are also important for getting future jobs

According to a recent article from the World Economic Forum, cognitive skills (e.g. your results in academic subjects) have been used in the past to measure the calibre of a job candidate. However, a report by the Hamilton Project, an economic think-tank, suggests that non-cognitive skills are becoming increasingly important. Non-cognitive skills are often called ‘soft skills’. They are the skills we need to effectively interact and communicate with others and to take leadership and collaborative roles in team activities. They also include critical thinking, problem solving, and attributes such as initiative, attention to detail and self-motivation. The Hamilton Project argues that these skills are crucial for success in today’s labour market for the following reasons:

  • Today’s jobs demand more non-cognitive skills than they did in the past.
  • The labour market increasingly rewards those with non-cognitive skills.
  • Those with effective non-cognitive skills are more likely to be in full-time employment.
  • Those with fewer non-cognitive skills are being left behind.

Read the article to learn about the research data on which these reasons are based.

For more information on the most promising jobs of 2018 and a comprehensive coverage of all careers news for this fortnight see ‘Options Career Information Bulletin’ – Edition 4 which has been placed on the CHAC Careers website - go to ‘Important Info’ at the top of the Home Page screen and click on Careers Newsletter.

Anne Mitchell
Learning Pathways Counsellor