RMIT University Wants To Help You Prepare for Future Jobs

The future: It’s exciting and contains infinite possibilities. With all these exciting technologies and times seemingly ahead of us, how do we best prepare for the future? Do we wait like the proverbial frog in the well? Or do we attempt to soar out and explore new ventures? These are the questions that will be tackled at RMIT University Future of Work Talks.

What can you expect at the RMIT University Future of Work Talks?

RMIT University or Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community. RMIT is also known as a world leader in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

The RMIT University alongside its industry partners have set their sights to tackle the challenge of retraining and upskilling workers for the future of work (Image credits: RMIT University)
The RMIT University alongside its industry partners have set their sights to tackle the challenge of retraining and upskilling workers for the future of work (Image credits: RMIT University)

Fast forward to 2019, RMIT University along with their key industry partner CapGemini will share how technology will disrupt and reshape the future of learning and work. According to the Institute For The Future, 85% of the jobs we’ll see in 2030 are yet to be invented. Similarly, the Economist argues that half of all existing jobs are vulnerable to automation. This is the rapidly changing nature of the world in which we live. 

One of the main drivers of this rapid change is technology. In the past decade, we’ve seen great advances in the fields of ubiquitous high-speed mobile internet, widespread adoption of big data analytics; cloud technology and artificial intelligence. Such trends have disrupted countless industries and thereby the very nature of work. Thus, while work will not disappear, many of the jobs we do will be redefined. 

Over the past decade, technology has disrupted many industries and reshaped the very nature of work (Image credits: Futurithmic)
Over the past decade, technology has disrupted many industries and reshaped the very nature of work (Image credits: Futurithmic)

However, many people may lack the new skills required in these new roles. Further, there’s a risk that individuals lacking the required skills will be without work. A very real concern as the World Economic Forum states, no less than 54% of all employees will require significant retraining and upskilling by 2022. This is the challenge RMIT University and its industry partners are determined to tackle. 

When is it happening and why should I attend?

The first of these talks took place in India between the 4th and 6th November 2019. Meanwhile, the third session will be happening in Sri Lanka. RMIT University Future of Work Talk in Sri Lanka will be on Wednesday 6th November at 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, delivered at the Orchid Hall of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). The speakers at the event will address several topics. 

The speakers of RMIT Future of Work Talk series. L: Darshan Shankavaram. Top: Chaminda Ranasinghe. Bottom: Prof. John Thangarajah. (Image credits: RMIT)
The speakers of RMIT Future of Work Talk series. L: Darshan Shankavaram. Top: Chaminda Ranasinghe. Bottom: Prof. John Thangarajah. (Image credits: RMIT) 

For example, Chaminda Ranasinghe – Chief Marketing Officer, RMIT University will share his views on “Shaping your skills for the future of work”. Adding to that will be Prof. John Thangarajah – Associate Dean, Computer Science and Software Engineering at RMIT University talking about “technologies transforming the future of work”. Darshan Shankavaram – Executive Vice President and Leader of Global DCXl Delivery Leader, Capgemini will also share his views on the “toolkit for skills and in-demand jobs of the future”. 

The trio will also be a part of a panel discussion where the audience can also direct any queries they have to the speakers. Looking to the future, Prof. Thangarajah shared, “AI will create more job opportunities but we need to be skilled to be ready for them. Now is the time to understand and prepare for these opportunities.” 

A glimpse of the RMIT Future of Work Talks in India (Image credits: RMIT University)
A glimpse of the RMIT Future of Work Talks in India (Image credits: RMIT University)

Chaminda adds, “The future of work contains infinite possibilities. It’s what you do with this potential that matters.” So if you’re interested in the future of work, click here to register for the RMIT Future of Work talk now. 

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