That gadget in your pocket is taking over not only how you live, but also how you earn a living. What else does tomorrow have in store?
It is hard to overstate the impact that the last decade of technological development has had on the job market. It’s possible to apply for 100 vacancies without printing a single page and an employer can use video-chat to interview an applicant from the other side of the globe. We spoke to both employers and graduates to see how they think the landscape has changed, and what they think the future might hold.
Mike Essex is the Online Marketing Manager at Koozai, a UK digital marketing agency. Before joining the company he was an Online Project Manager at a major pharmaceutical conglomerate.
“Mobile technology has enabled us to have more control over who we hire and how we go about it – we can now go directly to the talent pool of applicants. We can browse CVs on job sites and advertise new positions instantly to our Twitter followers.
“In the future, I expect a lot of graduates will take tablet computers to interviews. It’s an excellent way to highlight your portfolio, particularly creative and multimedia projects. Even though it’s still rare to see applicants bringing iPads to interviews, many graduates use a blog
or web portfolio service such as carbonmade.com to promote their work.”
Shaun May is doing a PhD at Central School of Speech & Drama and is looking to work in academia after graduation.
“Academics are largely assessed by how many people read and cite their work, so the internet is a really powerful tool. There’s a specialist social network, academia.edu, where you can post papers that you have written so researchers in your field can find them.
“I think academic publishers will struggle to justify their roles as the ‘gatekeepers of knowledge’. The freedom of the internet is already damaging their business models, and in the future I suspect an increasing number of scholars will move to self-publishing and ‘open access’.
“We like to think that there will always be a need for an editor, but a wealth of ‘Open Access’ academic journals
are available online and catalogued by the Directory of Open Access Journals (doaj.org).”
William Sachiti is the CEO of the Clever Media Group and currently works as a consultant for HSBC and Vodafone.
“There’s a whole generation of graduates that grew up reading 140-character text messages and you’ll lose them if you speak for much longer than that. Technology has made everything more competitive – not too long ago a job might have got ten applicants, now it’ll get over 100. Fairly soon, I think CVs won’t exist and companies will just ask to see your LinkedIn profile.
“I think 3D printers are the future – you’ll be able to print a mug, a doorknob or a new car part whenever you need one. “Although most of us can’t afford
to have a 3D printer in our office or home yet, budding entrepreneurs can outsource their 3D printing needs to web services such as Shapeways (shapeways.com).”
‘A whole generation of graduates grew up reading 140-character text messages. You’ll lose them if you speak for much longer than that.’
Tom Jordan is the Founder and Managing Director of digital creative agency Acknowledgement. Before setting up the company in 2003, he worked for several companies including AOL.
“Nowadays it’s possible to find out a lot about the candidate with a Google search, so graduates should think of themselves as their own little mini brand. For example, if you want to be a journalist, then a WordPress blog with some of your articles is going to be a big help.
“Video is already making a massive difference in the recruitment industry. Candidates can answer questions on webcam rather than filling out long application forms or making trips to far-flung destinations. Currently most video applications are for reality TV shows like ‘Big Brother’ rather than graduate jobs, but many employers will interview candidates via Skype if they are unable to attend in person.”
Tabitha McGrath is a musician and recent graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. She is hoping to pursue a career in Arts Management.
“There are lots of specialist websites for jobs in the arts, such as ideastap.com and artsjobs.co.uk, and I have a Twitter feed that I use largely for professional networking. However, my Facebook account is private, so hopefully employers can’t find it by googling me.
“Since graduating, I have applied for jobs exclusively via the internet and pretty much every stage of the process, from searching for vacancies to receiving the response, has been done online. I don’t think it will be too long before most offices go completely paperless. “Unfortunately, a substantial amount of paper still clutters our Editor’s desk, but like many employers he uses a smartphone and services like Dropbox ensure that he has essential documents with him wherever he goes.”