I have been following an interesting series of articles on BBC News about how our cities may look in 40 years’ time. Predictions suggest three-quarters of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050. From the United Arab Emirates to South Korea and Spain, new and existing cities are right now introducing new technologies to be more energy efficient and smarter. It is fascinating to look at the speed in which technology is changing the way we live. The way the world advances will affect the jobs of the future. Currently all the talk from politicians around the globe is about investing in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. While these areas seem to fit with where we need growth to stay ahead of the game, we also need our creativity and innovation. This means keeping the right side of the brain active too – through the Arts.  A balance of learning or people with different skills with the ability to adapt will be critical for economic success of any country in the future.
A recent Greenpeace-sponsored report says renewable energy could create 14 million jobs by 2050. Other areas where all sorts of new jobs and job titles will be created centre around housing, environmental work, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, social care, education and food. Of course there is a view that lawyers, politicians and writers will always be in demand! Whilst I probably won’t be alive in 2050 I would love to catch a glimpse of the world of work. I hope you all enjoy it.

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