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6 things to know about the future of work

A group speed mentoring session organized by ACCES Employment.

We all know the job market in Canada is changing. While some of us are nervously anticipating the future, many businesses are spending a lot of time thinking about what changes it will bring.

One of those businesses is RBC, which recently published Humans Wanted – How Canadian Youth Can Thrive in the Age of Disruption to help define how employers should prepare by changing their hiring practices and how potential employees should prepare by adjusting their skills.

Here are six of their findings.

Analytics are trending

In the 21st century, data is an employer’s greatest asset. With the flood of data now available though, being able to make unexpected connections and identify trends is of higher importance than ever before.

Math is a big plus

More and more of the future jobs will rely largely on mathematics. In fact, over the next four years, 70 per cent of job openings will place significant importance on math.

Firms want flexibility

Employees who are willing to learn new things will be a major draw for businesses. Nothing will stay the same for long and adapting to changes is key.

Digital is non-negotiable

Our tools may be evolving, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to keep up. Understanding digital is a must in the workplaces of tomorrow.

The three Cs are crucial

The report defines the three Cs as communication, collaboration and critical thinking. These used to be considered “soft skills,” but in the future, they’ll be hard and fast rules.

Mobility is a thing

Not just in how we work, but in how we plan our careers. Employees will need to think about how to evolve their professional life as the world evolves around them.

Whether it’s your first job in Canada or the next step up the corporate ladder, finding a new job is not easy. If you’ve recently arrived in Canada, the process can be even more daunting.

“Immigrating to a new country is a big decision and can be met with many challenges,” says Ivy Chiu, senior director of the newcomer segment at RBC.

“If you have newly arrived in the country, your day-to-day life, as well as navigating the job market might be quite different from what you are familiar with. Understanding how it works in Canada will help set you on the path towards a fulfilling career.” 

Here are a few tips to help you along with your job search:

Leverage social networks

There are many online platforms that are frequently updated for job seekers, and are available for free.

LinkedIn is a popular example where professionals can network, learn more about different industries, search, and or apply for jobs.

Having an up-to-date profile with relevant work experience, education and volunteer experience will be an asset when it comes time to applying on this social platform.

Find local resources

Look for free resources available in your neighbourhood. Organizations like ACCES Employment can help you with your job search and so much more.

Aside from just helping you search for jobs, community-based companies may also be able to offer skills training, language courses and resumé help.

Make time to volunteer

While you settle in and get your job search underway, explore volunteer opportunities. While they may not lead to a full-time job, volunteering is a great way to expand your network and help you hone in on skills or develop your interests.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018

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