Vertical farmer, creator of artificial clouds, technological psychologist … and other professions of the future that we still do not know

Rosalía O’Donnell explains the changes that the digital revolution is generating in the talent of the new generations. In his talk “Living to tell about it: the digital revolution and young talent” by FICOD, he gives us the keys to this new paradigm shift

65% of the professions that will be demanded in the next 20 years do not yet exist, in the same way that the most requested today were not known a few years ago. In such a scenario, disruption with all of the above is the only way out. These and other conclusions are drawn from the presentation “Living to tell about it: the digital revolution and young talent”, by Rosalía O’Donnell Baeza, responsible for the programs Talentum Startups, Talentum Schools and Innovation LAB from Telefónica. The study, which draws a panorama in which continuous technological advances go hand in hand with new professional profiles and challenges, affects which professions such as creator of memories, broker in digital currency, creator of artificial clouds, technological psychologist, nanomedicist, expert in tourism and space travel, space mining engineer or vertical farmer, nowadays unknown to ordinary mortals, will be the most demanded professional profiles in the next two decades.

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These conclusions, despite how distant they may seem, are not surprising considering that professions so on the agenda such as software and web developer, mobile developer, SEO / SEM / ASO expert, Big Data expert or expert in e-commerce, they did not know each other a few years ago. “It is important to note that now the cycles are shortened and the scales are multiplying. It took 75 years for the phone to reach 50 million users, while Angry Birds achieved the same in just 35 days, ”says Rosalía O’Donnell.

The role of Millennials

The challenges, according to the analysis, are not only more complex, but also they need multidisciplinary teams to develop them. Some groups of professionals in which soft skills such as social skills, communication, problem solving or critical thinking are more important than ever. The components of these groups, also called Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000), have their own way of understanding life, totally different from previous generations. A vision in which “constant feedback or emotional connection with projects ”are essential. We are, says the person in charge of the Talentum Startups, Talentum Schools and Innovation LAB programs, before a profile of young people “Committed to themselves, autonomous and collaborative who are always connected.”

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And the companies?

All this produces a paradigm shift in companies that is generating new organizational models. In that sense, O’Donnell details, “The valuation of creativity, project work, concern for the work environment or open innovation” are among the new bases to follow to survive a revolution based on the growth in computing power, the drastic reduction in prices of new technologies or Internet connectivity.

In the end, the analysis concludes, “It’s all about talent”. In this sense, explains O’Donnell, “it is estimated that the new generations change jobs an average of 10 times in their lifetime, something that did not happen before ”. Against this background, the only way to survive the digital revolution is to join it since “The rules of the game are being rewritten right now and the disruption with all of the above is going to be the only common denominator ”. That is why O’Donnell bets on “the continuous training, work our personal brand and networking”As best allies in a field that, he insists, will be marked by the “Flexibility and tolerance for uncertainty”. At this point, he says, “the champion is not the industry, it is the talent.”

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“Living to tell about it: the digital revolution and young talent”, by Rosalía O’Donnell Baeza, was presented at the 8th edition of FICOD, held from December 1 to 3 at the Palacio de Congresos de la Comunidad de Madrid.

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