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Will the Future of Work Include Work?

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

The place work takes in our lives changes drastically, especially for younger people. Young populations, which see work only as an additional element in their lives, and not as the essential key to success or as an essential feature, are challenging long-fixated approaches related to work. Young employees today see their passions, personal development, and leisure as the main factors that their lives consist of, and are crucial to their well-being. When work becomes less relevant, resumes are not so relevant as well. When so much of people’s time is dedicated to their passion - experience will come from ‘leisure’ and not from traditional work alone. And when you make more room for your passions, you can potentially be able to work in it. This ‘antiwork’ movement requires employers to change their perspectives on their employees. Employers are still looking for robot employers with specific experiences that worked in those positions in the past, missing out on candidates who gained relevant skills from other occupations or experiences in their lives. Usually, when a company is looking to hire 100 pickers, they want them to be productive in their work and drive business success; their private lives are almost an obstacle to the company’s goals. Current changes ask for different employee evaluations. Practically speaking, candidates with experience and backgrounds that are not job-specific will become a growing share of job seekers, with present practices not giving adequate tools to deal with those diverse backgrounds. While the idea of turning passions into paying jobs sounds ideal, how is it even possible? Take Dan Epstein for example, who was a tour guide. Once Covid hit he was out of a job. In his spare time, he was passionate about the stock market, played a lot in it, and got more acquainted with financial tools. At this point, he encountered Skillset’s job experience simulation in digital banking. "Writing a resume is not a simple thing to do. Most recruiters never read the entire document, which doesn’t allow me to fully express myself and sometimes feel transparent. The process was really different from what I have experienced before, and within two weeks from the moment I completed it - I got a job. I felt appreciated. Skillset serves as a stamp that employers can rely on when it comes to finding the right candidate for the job.” Ultimately speaking there’s a new generation in town, and we should help them out. We can’t continue to work with ancient methods. This situation requires the most powerful people in the industry to change, it requires tools to change and requires policies to change, and in some areas, it’s already happening. The centrality of work has already changed. The western world is individualistic, it is not built on societal mechanisms like before, and the cooperatives that once took care of the individuals of a society are long gone. Every person has their own back today, and this perspective is not going to change, not soon. Realizing it is key to preparing for the Future of Work.

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