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    Is Creativity Key to Future Jobs?

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    Is creativity key to future jobs?

    Late last year, I had the pleasure of asking 300 brilliant local high school students, what jobs will be most disrupted by technology in the next 10 years? So many well-informed answers shot back "Lawyers! Teachers! Retailers! Doctors! Travel Agents!" One answer stood out that day and gave me pause for reflection, a young man shouted "Any jobs that aren't creative".

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    This Thursday, join Founder Jorge Castillo, Creative Director of the multi-award winning Canvas Group and District Group, in a fireside chat with Zara Crichton, Executive Director at Venture Café Sydney as we discuss his career success combining impactful design with technology to create effective business solutions - and what the future may bring.

    Current research future jobs shows us that creativity is the most transferable skill and is one of the greatest predictors of a job’s future prospects. In fact, creativity and project management skills proved to be the most potent skill mix for the future.

    Some questions we'll cover - get your questions ready too!

    • What does it mean to be creative? Can anyone approach their job creatively?
    • Career pathways are no longer linear. Where could skilled 3D talent apply their skills to today, and in the future?
    • In addition to technical skills training, should we also be learning how to tackle non-routine problems with design led thinking and other creative approaches?

    The teenagers of today are listening to this debate because it's the reality they now face. And it's a reality that many of us in the workforce will face at an accelerated pace as a direct impact of COVID-19.

    Let's continue this conversation with students, parents, policymakers, employers and the workforce on how technical skills alone are nothing without creativity to back them up – whether that is being creative with a spreadsheet or setting abuzz with your next medical research breakthrough.

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