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Exclusive Talk on Careers in a Post-Pandemic AI-Driven World!

Last week, we had the privilege of hosting Professor Shanton Chang from the University of Melbourne, who shared invaluable insights with our students on Careers and Employability in a Post-Pandemic AI-Driven World.

KEY POINTS SHARED

CHANGING JOB LANDSCAPE

  • AI’s exponential growth is reshaping entire industries.
  • Profound impacts on employment, with 25% of current jobs expected to vanish in 5-10 years.

TOP SOFT SKILLS

  • Creativity, Persuasion, Collaboration, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence.

ESSENTIAL HARD SKILLS

  • Technical and Content Competence, Knowledge of Industry, Confidence, Adaptability, Communication.

 IMPROVING EMPLOYABILITY

  • Focus on technical competence, adaptability, communication, cultural knowledge, and emotional intelligence.
  • Understand industry expectations and excel academically.

ONLINE INTERVIEWS

Preparing for Zoom Interviews (as many first interviews will be online)

  • Emphasised the importance of practicing virtual interviews and mastering remote work skills.

THINKING ABOUT FUTURE JOBS

  • Encouraged students to focus on acquiring skills rather than fixating on specific jobs.
  • Highlighted the importance of being adaptable and interdisciplinary.

SKILLS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

  • Emphasised the significance of understanding security, sustainability, and choosing a focus area based on personal strengths and interests.

ADVICE ON UNIVERSITY FOCUS

  • Suggested focusing area of interes) and adding another for diversity of skills.
  • Discouraged solely pursuing a field for financial gain, emphasizing personal passion.

INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

  • Encouraged an interdisciplinary approach, especially in fields like engineering, law, and medicine, where digital and AI impacts are significant.

BUILDING A STRONG CV

  • Stressed the importance of building a robust CV, engaging in extracurricular activities, networking, and gaining practical experience during university.

At UNIS we are committed to preparing our students for a dynamic future. Professor Chang’s insights underscore the importance of adaptability, skill diversity, and a proactive approach to career development.