The Future Workforce: The Future is Digital

Yeah, so one of the one of the questions
we get asked is, ‘Will robots take my job?’ right. So, we don’t think that’s the case –
we think what’s going to happen is there’s a lot of jobs that are going to
get replaced by AI and robotics, which creates new opportunities
for new roles in the future. Humans being able to augment the technology
and help add value and use the AI and the robotics to make the humans more productive and valuable is really where we see a lot of the future jobs being. The best thing about the startup industry
is it’s allowing people to not work the mainstream jobs and
actually solve problems, and problems in different
ecosystems, but also challenge the traditional processes of mainstream
business as well. So one of the things that’s really exciting about the industry is that the skills are universal. So whether you’re in the
Sunshine Coast in Australia, or in Silicon Valley in the US, the skills are
globally transferable, and there’s a massive skills shortage, so the
opportunities to get a job anywhere in the world are up to your own imagination and
ambition, really. The thing about startups is a lot of them are trying to conjure up activities and do business that is scalable, and the beauty of that being scalable
is it doesn’t just happen in your own community, your own state, your
own country – scalability means going globally. And I think for every business,
the ability to work in a startup and solve a problem that hasn’t been
solved before, or solving in a completely different way, means that a lot of these
issues that you find in your own community happen to be in other communities too. I can be assisting an organisation
with managing a data breach in the situation room one minute, and then in the lecture theatre the next
delivering a course on cybersecurity and privacy. So it’s very exciting and interesting. So I’m Matt Forman, I’m one of the
co-founders at Datisan. So we specialise in big data analytics and machine learning for marketing. I work in cyber security and privacy,
and what I enjoy about this industry is that it’s very exciting and
interesting, but also that we’re able to help people every day. The industry I work in is sort of the entrepreneurial, sort of startup world, that’s the industry. Every day is completely different,
you get challenged in different ways every day, but it is fast paced, it’s super quick and it’s coffee induced, and that’s why I love it. There are currently more positions out there,
than there are people qualified to do them. so it’s really a great area for students to be studying in, the cyber and cybersecurity space, and all of the indications are that have you study in
this space there’ll be plenty of jobs for you at the end of the process. I’m really excited about the industry
because it’s got so much potential. Obviously as companies are generating
more and more data, because there’s so many new
digital channels, and consumers are interacting with the businesses that
they buy from online, there’s just endless opportunity to analyse that data, find really unique patterns in it, and help companies deliver a better
experience to their customers. I did a business degree at uni and
basically was able to learn accounting, financial background, HR, you name it. I was able to learn a broad range of skills,
and instead of not knowing where I was going to go
and use those broad range of skills, it actually led me to starting my
own business. Mathematics is a really important skillset,
particularly as, you know, there’s more and more data, and
that data needs to be analysed. IT, very important as well – so being able to develop code to do
engineering around understanding data and building out the technology that
powers a lot of these experiences is really key. So I teach the students how
to think about the law and the regulation and jurisdiction and then our
intelligence people teach you how to think in that context, and forensics and
investigation. It’s all about how you think and how you approach a problem.
That’s what we want to teach you. And obviously communications and those soft
sort of skills and creative skills are really important as well. Because as
machine learning and AI gets more advanced they’ll be able to do a lot of
the mathematical number crunching and be much better than the humans can, but the
AI can’t do that creative thinking that the humans can. So those sorts of
skills are going to be increasingly in demand in the future as well. The program that we run in conjunction with Google is called Students as Partners, and what that is it’s sort of taking problems that the university might have, and then matching students with technology
with the problem, and actually giving the students an opportunity to solve those problems in the real world,
which gives back value to the university but also the students get to earn an
industry certification as well. So it’s a really nice blend of university
qualifications and vendor certifications and solving real world problems. So we’re actively looking for students that can participate in that all the time.

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