With recent ABS figures showing a continuing deterioration of the teenager labour market, combined with multiple job changes happening later in life, the idea of a career may be evaporating. A widely held view is that as pathways to work become more uncertain and less linear, young people need certain soft skills to navigate the choppy seas of the contemporary workforce. Having analysed "over 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australians", a report released this week by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) argues that such portable skills and capabilities are vital to succeed in the increasingly automated and globalised workplace of what it calls the "New Work Order". What do young people make of this and what might the gig economy have in store for them?
|Type||Commentary / Opinion|
|Media of output||Online / Print|
|Publisher||The Age, Fairfax Media|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jul 2017|
- Youth employment
- Soft skills