The Jobs of the Future.

Updated on April 15th, 2023

May 1st 2020

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  • Your professionals are mission-oriented today. And, our personal mission will define our jobs in the future.

  • In the future, our careers will look like playing chess: we will strategically tackle problems using all the forces we’ve got.

  • The future is bright for generalists who can approach one problem from multiple angles and change perspective depending on the situation.

Our Need for Personal Mission.

It’s not a secret that both the Millennials and the Z-generation are vision- or mission-oriented. Young people are no longer looking for a paycheck in their jobs, but also for a broader purpose (or, from Japanese, ikigai).

Even more so; for many young professionals these days, breaking out from traditional career paths becomes plan A rather than plan B. As described in the Paul Millerd’s best-selling book “The Pathless Path,” for millions of professionals, breaking out from the system and living independent life, taking risks and seeking fulfillment more than status or money, has become the synonym of professional success.

This can have interesting long-term consequences for the job market. In particular, it is easy to foresee that the jobs of the future will address this trend.

Let’s use an example. What does helping PhDs in developing new careers looks like? One starts by writing books and then organizing courses for PhD graduates looking for jobs on the open job market.

One task leads to another, and the scope of your actions grows. Universities start ordering your services as a speaker and as a private career advisor for some of their research employees. And you are working on your professional development.

The point is: that when you dedicate yourself to solving a particular problem, you can’t stop the ball from rolling. Sooner or later, you will end up juggling twenty different roles to tackle the same problem from different angles.

These roles were traditionally seen as separate professions. And if, in the name of your goal, you need to learn one more skill and take one more role, so be it! It will be profit for your professional development.

How Personal Mission Will Define the Jobs Of the Future.

A personal mission is a set of values, passions, believes and goals that guide an individual’s decisions and activities. As people will seek out work that aligns with their values, beliefs, passions and goals, they will be interested in pursuing career paths that are meaningful, fulfilling and rewarding. 

This phenomenon can lead to a more dynamic and diverse job market as people will follow specific career paths based on their personal mission.

Therefore, jobs of the future will probably be more fluid. Namely, they will be less defined by the type of activity (for example, Data Scientist = a person who analyzes data, politician = a person who proposes and passes bills in the government, author = person who writes books) but more by the problem you are solving.

You will focus on solving problem XYZ by taking a wide range of actions to solve this particular problem so your professional development is a condition.

Mind that these actions traditionally belonged to separate professions but will now all fall under one overarching goal, for example, research, lobbying in the parliament, public speaking, writing books, teaching, developing commercial products for consumers and/or businesses, et cetera.

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Problem-solvers Are Like Chess Players.

The difference between developing the “traditional,” specialistic careers, and becoming a “problem solver” can be compared to the difference between becoming a speed-runner and a chess player. In speed running, the point is to get towards the target in a straight line. As a runner, you make consequent and well-defined steps as fast as you possibly can.

For instance, if you want to become the top Data Scientist, you need to learn statistics and programming.

You also need to learn about data science and machine learning tools, pick data science projects, and build a portfolio of completed projects.

You need to always aim at more and more challenging, complex, and prestigious projects than the ones you completed before. You must work on your professional development continuously.

Then, you get orders from some high-brand companies. Together with your portfolio and experience, your network and earnings will steadily grow. The faster you complete your projects, the better for you, and the faster your work will get in value.

How To Solve a Societal Problem? It’s a Great Journey!

However, what happens when you, for instance, decide to solve some societal problem instead? Let’s say when you want to improve the situation of single mothers in your country.

Let’s imagine that you spot the problem after a series of personal encounters with single mothers who tell you about their situation.

So, you do field research, reach out to more single mothers, and try to estimate how large the problem is. 

Then, if you have access to public funds, you might think of more systematic studies on this topic. 

Next, you launch some online activities to raise awareness of this topic: blogging, tweeting, and writing articles on Medium/LinkedIn. Thus you are working on your personal development.

You might also write a book after you analyzed the problem. So you try to find people who think alike, and who are interested in solving the same problem. 

You might present at conferences and meetups to bring more awareness to the issue. 

You might even get invited to speak about the problem in the government if you meet the right people on your way. Thus you are working on your professional development too.

Developing a Career As a Problem Solver Is The Greatest Adventure.

From this point on, you can develop in multiple directions. Perhaps, you create some (online) educational programs for single mothers.

Or, you collaborate with the official authorities to write a new bill offering new tax reductions, subsidies, or an extra budget for education. Or, perhaps, other people invite you to participate in their initiatives.

You might find yourself learning new skills every day, juggling ten different activities traditionally seen as separate professions within one year, taking detours and career moves that you would not be able to predict a few months or even a few weeks before.

Before every move, you need to think and evaluate whether, strategically, this move serves the ultimate purpose. Or, whether it will serve the purpose a few moves ahead. 

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Is a Mission-Driven Path Suitable for Everyone?

For this type of job, you need to be a generalist. Namely, someone who easily crosses the boundaries between different environments, easily finds their way with people, quickly adapts, and can draw conclusions based on noisy or incomplete information. The number of mindful individuals who fit this profile is steadily increasing.

They usually have a difficult start though, as they need time to build the name. If you are a type of protagonist who is a problem-solver in some area, it will be difficult for you to get noticed among all the noise and all the empty projects burning the public money just to “raise awareness about a problem.” 

But sooner or later, you will make it – especially if you find soulmates in the space and build a mastermind group.  

Are You Unsure About How To Best Position Yourself in the Job Market?

Think about your career ahead! The job market is moving fast and it will soon be filled with those who can correctly predict trends, while those who can’t will be left in the dust, having learned a ton of information they didn’t need.


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