Having moved from the Industrial Age through the Information Age, some now predict we are entering the Imagination Age. Others have referred to it as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and genetics and biotechnology.
What we do know is that the professional landscape is in the midst of a gigantic shift. Jobs that we take for granted are disappearing while ones that had previously never existed are being created. Not to mention the fact that a university degree is no longer an easy ticket into employment.
With global unemployment on the rise, it’s easy to become downhearted.
Yet, thinking out of the box has also never been easier, or perhaps more appealing, as our increasingly digital and ‘social’ lifestyles mean easier access to self promotion, higher platforms and global reach. If the product (or the person) is right, the audience is ready and waiting.
So what does this mean for those entering the job market for the first time? Or for those several years into a career who find themselves in a disappearing industry? This theme explores why imagination is essential for people to thrive in this radically different future, as we need to imagine not just new industries but new ways of working too.