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Inspiring Your CPD - November 2018

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The future of work: AI, robots, and soft skills

You face the challenge of advising young people who may still be in the workforce in 2078. With crystal ball technology not well advanced, it falls to career professionals to read, update and cogitate on the most informed predictions available. This month’s newsletter presents a few suggestions.

Activities here are simply ideas and are not compulsory. You can choose to do some, all or none; it won’t affect your membership of the CDI whether you take up these ideas or not, although they do reflect good practice.

If you are on the Register then undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of your registration.

If you are a member then undertaking CPD helps you to adhere to the Continuous Professional Development principle in the CDI Code of Ethics.

Each month, we will suggest CPD activities which will allow you to explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Simply choose the items and activities that suit your role and your style.

All the resources mentioned, and many more, are also accessible with direct links from the CPD Resources area of the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Most resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD).


World Economic Forum

WEF has an extensive research programme on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to inform its annual deliberations at Davos. This link takes you to an infographic on 2022 skills outlook, followed by several other infographics capturing predicted changes as well as a link to the much longer Future of Work 2022 report


Impact and policy

The British Academy and the Royal Society collaborated to produce The impact of artificial intelligence on work, a valuable review which clarifies terminology, surveys predictions and outlines policy responses in a readable (40 page) booklet. There is also an overview and the recording of a Royal Society lecture by Prof Joseph Stiglitz, where he contrasts labour-saving and labour-augmenting technologies.


2030 scenarios

A PWC report Workforce of the Future explores contrasting trends in innovation and business development to elaborate four possible ‘worlds of work’ up to 2030. Focusing more on jobs, a NESTA report looks at The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030.


UK scenarios

Changes in the economy will affect all parts of the UK.

Northern Ireland’s 2017 Knowledge Economy Report suggests that up to 50% of jobs may be impacted, with jobs being created as well as lost.

In Scotland the Scottish Government and the Scottish TUC jointly reported on how digitization, automation and other innovations may impact the Scottish labour market.

Meanwhile Wales is awaiting the publication of its Digital Innovation Review, due shortly.

The Centre for Cities produces an annual health check for the UK’s 63 largest cities. The section The future of work in cities examines the unequal impact of changes. The link accesses a news report, the full report, and useful infographics in a slideshare.


European skills forecasts by CEDEFOP

CEDEFOP’s journal Skillset and Match (Sept 2018) presents a report and infographics ‘Present thoughts on future skills’ (p 10-13) followed by ‘Reflections on career choices and policy dilemmas’ from Ken Mayhew, professor at Oxford University (p 14-15)


The impact for people …

The outcomes could be beneficial. The TUC argues in A future that works for working people that a 4-day working week is feasible this century. In New Zealand a company that trialed a 4-day week on the same pay declared it ‘an unmitigated success’.


The impact for career practitioners …

With permission, we have extracted some slides from a recent conference presentation in which Tristram Hooley questioned our role in relation to technological change. Reflecting the TUC view, he argues that how benefits of automation are shared is neither neutral nor inevitable – raising both need for, but also questions for, the career guidance profession. (The full presentation is here, and another similar one here).


TED talk

3 myths about the future of work (and why they’re not true) Daniel Susskind explores myths, and concludes, like those above, with questions about how the benefits from technological advances are justly shared.


Peer consultation

Many CPD newsletters encourage engagement with other CDI members through LinkedIn groups, as below. Not much happens! Our colleagues in USA’s National Career Development Association offer a reminder that we can be an enormous resource for each other. Some members are now engaging with the CDI’s mentoring programme, but this short article on Peer consultation offers an alternative option, beneficial in slightly different ways.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a number of LinkedIn groups for members, which are a good place for discussing professional development issues and personal dilemmas with other members. Existing groups are:

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that reading, talking and reflecting all count towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in the My CPD section of your ‘My Portfolio’ record.


Useful Tips

Accessing the Members’ Area in order to record your CPD

To access this area click Login (at the top of the screen) and use your Members’ Area username (your email address) and password. Then click on Members’ Area, and choose Professional Register which includes the CPD Resources area and your personal CPD record. You can also access the Register directly by using the Professional Register link on the home page.

The site includes the facility to Request a new password. Remember that for the system to work well, you need to keep your details up to date and ensure that CDI emails are not directed to your spam box.

For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:


Dr Lyn Barham,
Project Associate (Research)

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