What will the future of work mean for your future career?
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What will the future of work mean for your future career?

27 Jan 2017

The future of work is an important topic, but many people only care about the future of their own work. This week, we helped everyone out by looking at both.

The World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, took place last week. It focused in a big way on the future of work. We examined some of the changes expected to come down the pipeline.

Of course, one of the biggest changes looming on the horizon is the advent of artificial intelligence and robotics. Technologists frequently discuss what will happen when robots take all of our jobs. (Others, like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking see a future that’s a little more The Matrix/Terminator.)

This week, we took a look at the conversation from Davos around automation and how that affects our future employment.

But artificially intelligent robots aren’t taking our jobs just yet, as evidenced by major announcements this week from synthetic diamond maker Element Six, Almac pharma group and financial services firm FinTrU.

While many life sciences professionals may be interested in applying for one of those Almac jobs, others are looking beyond these shores. Hays gave us some tips for expanding your life sciences brand and securing yourself an overseas role.

Of course, overseas work can do more than further your own ambitions – it can carry the ambitions of others. This week, we explored the lasting impact of a recent all-female expedition to Antarctica, intended to promote women in STEM.

We also got some forward-looking input from PwC. A recent study from the professional services firm showed – among other things – that Irish HR leaders are concerned about continuing skills shortages.

One solution to that skills shortage may hinge on those who have been out of the labour market returning to the office. This week, we got some advice from Hays on coming back to work after a career break.

Finally, we looked at one other important aspect of the future of work: global collaboration. As large companies become increasingly global, they face challenges in keeping their workforce on the same page. Dropbox presented a possible solution to those challenges.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. The future of work: Changes in the workplace

The future of work will definitely include artificial intelligence in some shape or form. But what will our actual workplace look like?

2. How robotic will the future of work really look?

The future of work is a hot topic at the moment, and the main question on everyone’s minds is: will my job be taken over by robots?

3. Shine on you diamond: 100 new jobs in Limerick

Synthetic diamond maker Element Six is to create 100 new jobs in Limerick as part of a planned €7m expansion.

4. Pharma group Almac to create 100 jobs in Dundalk

Northern Irish pharma group Almac has announced plans to build a new facility in Dundalk, Co Louth, which will result in the creation of 100 jobs in the first two years.

5. Financial services firm FinTrU bringing 160 jobs to Belfast

Financial services business FinTrU is creating 160 new jobs in Belfast over the next five years, supplementing an already significant workforce with added professionals and graduates.

6. 6 tips that will help you land a life sciences job overseas

So you’ve decided you want to work in life sciences, but how can you take advantage of overseas opportunities? Hays’ Paul Strouts has the answers.

7. Largest all-female expedition leads the way for women in STEM

A journey to the southernmost continent in the world made by 76 women in science aims to change the face of leadership.

8. HR leaders concerned over skills shortage, cybersecurity and Brexit

More than three-quarters of Ireland’s HR leaders are experiencing skills shortages, many of which are in the areas of IT and data analytics, according to a PwC survey.

9. Back to work: How to return from a career break

Returning to work after a career break can be both exciting and scary. But don’t worry, Hays’ Simon Lance will ease you into the transition.

10. Has Dropbox found the solution to global team collaboration?

Is your team based in one room, or do you collaborate across the globe? What if there was a way you could make that easier?

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Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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