Welcome to the second episode of The Career Crowd Podcast! This episode explores the evolution of a career since World War II, recognising the different perspectives of generations from the Boomers to the Zoomers.
There is a trend that suggests an increased mobility within the modern career and a pattern amplified by successive generations since the 1940s. Clearly, the advancement of post-war technology and science in general has changed the working landscape. This acceleration in technology has also augmented connectivity and globalisation. Building on Episode 1, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered another jump in this progression.
One of the key themes raised in the UK budget on 3rd March 2021 was education and the need for investment in apprenticeships and upskilling. In this episode, we get the opinions of Jon and Mital on how education has changed over the last 30 years. The route into a career has primarily hinged on the culture and value system that you have been brought up in. Traditionally, going to university and obtaining a degree was the best way forward. However, we highlight the shift to other ways of learning, such as apprenticeships. The stigma of not having a degree is no longer important.
We also shed some light on the future of working and discuss a report from the Institute of the Future (a cool name, right?) and how they evaluate the future of working. For instance, freelance working is on the rise, especially in the gig economy, but are we equipped to handle this sole responsibility? Also, what jobs are most at risk of automation? Are we soon to be competing with robots as well as other humans? Can we foresee the skills required and the importance of how we learn in the future?
In the “Career Fear” segment, we focus on the topic of debt. Two scenarios are presented to Jon and Mital, who provide resources, hints, and tips to manage your debt when funding new ways of developing your skills. How do I get a loan for a career change? Does the thought of being in debt undermine that university degree? We try to tackle some of these daunting prospects to help you make the right decisions.
And of course, we want to hear from you! Drop us a line and tell us how you feel about the episode, how do you see the future of work changing? What career fears have impacted you?
We cannot wait to bring you more content, more guests, and more information to help you and your career to Stand Out from the Crowd!
Link 3: UK Government – Apprenticeships