Develop your soft skills
You could also focus on upskilling in areas that a machine can’t fulfil and aim to stand out where AI can’t. Managing a team, critical thinking, empathising, collaborating with others – these are all essential soft skills you can develop that AI can’t replace. Systems like ChatGPT don’t have feelings and emotions – but you do. This is a key quality that sets you apart from AI. In a survey of 2,259 employees in the UK, 92% said soft skills are important for their career, and those with higher levels of soft skills earn on average an extra £3,600 to £4,600 a year.3
Creativity is also a key area where human workers have a clear edge over AI. For example, 4 in 10 people say they’d be less inclined to listen to music if they knew it had been produced using generative AI, compared with just 16% who say they would.1
There are plenty of opportunities for developing your soft skills. The Public Speaking Academy conducts in-person public speaking courses that help you become a more confident communicator. There are also various management and leadership courses available online, like the four-week programme offered by The Open University. These skills are transferable, meaning that they can be applied across various roles and industries – ideal for those thinking about how to change careers.
Finally, you could work on building your personal brand – how you define your expertise, market your skills and promote yourself in the workplace. This could help you stand out from the competition and advance your career.
Pursue side gigs
In the changing world of work, more people are taking up side gigs as a way to pursue passion projects or make extra money. It’s estimated that in 2023, 44% of Brits have at least one side hustle, rising to approximately three-quarters of Gen Z.4
If you have the time and energy, this could be something to explore. Besides boosting your income, a side gig could help you develop new skills, build your portfolio and expand your professional network, which in turn could lead to exciting job opportunities. It could also equip you with the knowledge on how to start your own business in retirement.
Make sure you check your contract with your employer before taking on extra work to ensure you’re not breaching any regulations that could impact your main job.
Explore later-life careers
People are staying in work longer. Between April and June 2022, the number of people aged 65 and over in employment increased by a record 173,000, reaching a high of 1.468 million.5
If you’re considering retiring at a later age, it’s important to think about the types of roles you could take up in your senior years. Jobs that require face-to-face interaction like teaching will likely stand the test of time. They can also help keep you active physically, mentally and socially. Can you give yourself a head start and start preparing for a later-life career in these industries?
The world of work is continually changing, sometimes more rapidly than we realise. You can prepare by planning ahead, being adaptable and – perhaps most importantly – be willing to embrace change.
Want to learn more about a longer, multi-stage life? Read our article, Could you live to 100? What the Second 50 means for you.