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WorldSkills and OECD results find young Australians are cautiously optimistic about their future careers

What do you want to be when you grow up? And will it still be a job when you grow up? That’s the latest question on the mind of a lot of young people, according to a survey conducted by WorldSkills and the OECD.

The survey was designed to help understand the attitudes of young people when it comes to future technologies, their perceptions about how technological change will impact their work opportunities, and whether they feel if they are getting enough support from schools to prepare them for the future.

Across the world, 50% of young people had a mostly positive outlook towards scoring their dream job, whilst 28% felt that their skills and knowledge would be in demand.

On the down side, 44% of young people worry that there won’t be much demand for their skill and knowledge in the future, however a total of 66% of young women believe they have what it takes to retrain during their careers because of technological change.

Now to our own backyard, here in Australia 68% of local participants are confident that they will be able to find the job that they want, whilst 96% believe they know what they need to do to get that job.

It seems we have a positive outlook to technology, with a large portion (76%) excited about the prospect of being able to work flexibly. This may not always apply in trades, however 65% of young people are optimistic that technological change will give them job opportunities in the future.

And when it comes to career advice in school, we’re tracking pretty well. 53% say the career guidance they received at school was OK or good, 33% say it was not good or terrible whilst a shocking 14% received no career advice.

What do all these percentages mean?

This report shows that as a whole, the future looks bright to young people. Once perceived as stealing all our jobs, technology is now providing new and exciting career opportunities for all Australians. In the VET sector, it is crucial that education packages and Australian Apprenticeships stay across these trends and turn dream jobs into tangible careers.

And as young people, it’s important that you explore all pathways so that you get the best kick start to your career. That might be Tafe, University or an alternative pathway. The key is, to know what you want and roadmap the best way for you to get there.

So, what do you want to be when you grow up? And do you think it will still be a job by then?

Check out the best pathway to your dream job here.