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