Looking eight to fifteen years from now is a
big leap and things are hard to predict.
A colleague asked me to visit a class of freshmen
chemistry majors and share ideas that can help them
determine what they might do now to prepare for
The bottom line: careers in the future
are shifting in longenvity and fields of formal training.
Yet, it is VERY GOOD for skilled and educated
individuals who are involved in “interactional”
class of work.
McKinsey Global Institute Classification of Jobs 1
The “interactional” class of work involves knowledge
workers and those with unique, skills calling for the
collaboration with others.
This class differs from “transformation” and “transactional”
which can be moved, or transformed by a machine, or
computerized, or automated.
Several features distinguish the interactional from
the transactional as pointed out by Davenport. Briefly,
reliant on : deep expertise across functions
dependent on: fluid deployment of functional teams
continually updated and refreshed participants
reliant on: formal processes and standards for
dependent on: integration between boundaries by
low discretionary workforce made of replaceable
The fastest and greatest magnitude trends in
- temporary workers now exceed 20% of workforce
- shorter term of employment for individual workers
with specific employers
- benefits plans of employers are less; each individual
needs to look out more from themselves.
PILLARS (for successful careers)
-Language and communication skills
-Undergraduate research, internships, and co-op
programs for “outside the box” challenges
-Field studies: to network and develop mentors
-Extra-curricular involvement: to develop
and demonstrate leadership, people skills and project
ACS : http://undergrad.acs.org/
See comments for “soft skills” and “wise skills” that
successful careers demand.