Employability in the 21st Century: How to Prepare for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet By Hemda Mizrahi and Christopher Bishop

Now on his eighth career, Christopher Bishop speaks, writes, and consults on the topic of “improvising careers.” He joined me on “Turn the Page” to provide guidance on how you can prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet. Chris stresses the importance of devoting time now to work toward what you’ll be doing next—your employability depends on it!

He suggests:

1. “In the next 30 years, we will experience breakthroughs in education, mobility, communication, healthcare and energy to name a few – they will seem like *magic* to us sitting here in 2016. Get ready!”

2. “The new job landscape will be driven by the intersection of historically unrelated disciplines – take nanopharmacology as a concrete example; lunar tour guide if you want a more far-fetched postulation.”

3. “Given the rate and pace at which business and global economics is evolving – you must be prepared to learn new skills but understand that you also need to UNLEARN and RELEARN – to stay viable and employable.”

4. “Fortunately, there are many more options for obtaining new skills than ever before – lots of publicly available learning assets including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses), TED talks, insightful blogs, e-books, and Meet Ups.”

5. “I know that increasing AMBIGUITY can be scary and off-putting – but try to learn to embrace it! We have no other choice.”

6. “Stay ahead of the curve in terms of TECH and BUSINESS – chase the maelstrom and be always at the edge – then you will be viewed as a valuable contributor.”

7. “Access tactical advice on how to apply my Three Secret Ingredients – Antenna, Voice and Mesh – through the presentation I delivered at the World Future Society annual conference in DC last July. Here is a link. It is called *How to Succeed at Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet.”

8. The key to innovation is connecting unlikely dots – check out my post on LinkedIn – “The Maxwell Approach: connecting unlikely dots to drive innovation”

9. “Share the guidance and historical perspective I provide for recent graduates who have landed jobs at big companies – “6 Tips for GenZs at dinosaurs”

10. “Check out Cambridge professor Carlotta Perez’s book “Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital” for more insight into the cycles of innovation, and adoption that have been occurring for the past 350 years.”

11. “Read this great piece in the NY Times by Steven Rattner called “Fear Not the Coming of the Robots,” in which he cites Queen Elizabeth refusing a patent for an automated knitting machine in 1589 for fear it would put her poor subjects out of work.”

Keep up with Chris’s insights and guidance by following him on Twitter @chrisbishop, visiting his website, www.improvisingcareers.com , and inviting him to speak at your event on the topic of *How to Succeed at Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet!”

Listen to my conversation with Chris to learn more about how the landscape of work is being reinvented and what that means for you!

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