What’s Coming Up in Season 4

July 30, 2020


Season 4 starts on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Here’s what I’ve got in store for you!

A shocking statistic.

You may have heard of this often-cited statistic: “85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.” This prediction comes from a 2017 report authored by the Institute for the Future (IFTF) with help from tech, business, and academic experts from around the world.

The number may be shocking — 85%! — especially given that it’s 2020 and 2030 is a mere ten years away. How could 85% of those 2030 jobs not exist yet?

This IFTF report has been quoted and referenced many times since its publication. Some have raised their eyebrows on the predictions. A Forbes contributor, for example, wrote a direct challenge to that 85% number, calling it hogwash!

Regardless of whether you agree with the shocking statistic or not, the fact is the world of work IS changing. AND new jobs, new roles, new careers are coming along with that change.

We are already seeing this today with jobs that are brand new either because the technology that makes them possible wasn’t around or the need for these roles did not exist — until today.

There just wasn’t a need.

Case in point. Before the internet — before there was such a thing as Google — there was no need for something called Search Engine Optimization or SEO.

Today, having an understanding of SEO is a good thing and SEO-related skills are sought-after. Today, a whole industry supports search and search engine optimization. But before Google, no one’s even heard of SEO.

All about new jobs and new career paths.

So, that’s what we’re going to explore in Season 4. (No, not SEO or Google!). We’re turning our lens on new jobs, new careers that did not exist or were not a thing a few years or a decade ago.

Specifically, we’re going to focus on roles that do not require us to go back to school and get a degree.

Now, I’m big on always learning. At any given time, I’m likely to be in the process of studying something new. But I’m not necessarily keen on going back to school in the traditional sense anymore. That’s partly because of where I’m at in life and partly because there are so many ways today, where I can learn in chunks and quickly apply what I’m learning.

In Season 4, we’re exploring eight different roles or careers that are (a)NEW and (b) you can pursue immediately, without having to go back to school and earn a degree.

That doesn’t mean ‘no training required’. With any new thing, there will be a need for training. So these roles may come with requirements for new technical skills. But a 4-year degree is not required.

Just the tip of the iceberg.

While we may only be showcasing eight roles, they represent the tip of the industry. These roles belong to growing industries with many other different jobs that one can pursue.

For example, let’s talk about podcasting. With over a million podcasts (and counting) available on Apple Podcasts, this is an exploding space today. This growing industry requires lots of different people with different skillsets and many different roles to fill.

In Season 4, we’re looking at just two of those roles: the role of the podcaster (the host of the show) and the role of a podcast producer (the person who produces the show). In some cases, those roles are performed by one person but in many cases, they are not. We’re having a chat with Jerod Morris, who has hosted at least 3 podcasts shows (that I know of) and Sean McMullin who produces many shows for other hosts but is not a host himself.

In each episode, we’ll dive into what the role is about, what it takes to be good at it, and how we can get started.

My hope is that through these different conversations, you’ll feel inspired to pursue, maybe one of the roles that we showcase. But more importantly, I hope that you’ll get curious about these growing industries and find opportunities that would be uniquely yours to go after.

 

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