The 26th Annual National Conference of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), to be held from the 25th – 27th May, 2016 in Melbourne, Victoria, is set in times of unprecedented transformation in the world of work.
Some reports suggest 50% of today’s occupations will be redundant by 2025. How can career practitioner’s best serve their clients and students in this radical context?
There’s a well known sales axiom of “fish where the fish are”. But in a rapidly transforming career world we should instead ask “where will the fish be?” This mindset looks to the future and calls for preparation, now.
With stubbornly high unemployment rates in certain demographic segments, with record levels of youth unemployment, on the one hand, and industries unable to recruit candidates with the knowledge, skills, and attributes, on the other, there is a seriously wicked problem to be solved. International benchmarks indicate that Australia still lags behind other OECD states on educational performance with little improvement over the last decade. For example, Australia is ranked 12th of 22 nations in OECD’s survey of adult numeracy skills, with nearly 20% of Australians assessed to be at the lowest skill levels.
This is a significant issue along with literacy levels as these skills are critical for economic and social participation in the technology–rich 21st century. Proficiency in these skills is linked to workforce participation, employment outcomes and earning capacity.
This Conference will explore the way that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are promoted as key pathway opportunities, with many commentators identifying future shortfalls in talent possessing these skills, while careers of the future that demand STEM, increase significantly.
However, does this wicked problem mean that STEM occupations are for everyone? How transferable across careers will STEM skills be? If very large numbers of career hunters develop STEM skills, could people be well advised to look to other opportunities, and potentially less competition? And how relevant are these skills for entry level positions when the projected areas of job growth for the next 5 years includes the services sector, business, retail and tourism sectors?
This Conference aims to address all of these questions, and much more.
I look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne, Australia’s premier city of food and culture, to benefit from a diverse range of presenters and thought-leaders on Australia’s continuing need for Evolution and Innovation to tackle the inevitable Transformation.
Career Development Association of Australia
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