Gone are the days when you choose a career for life, instead employers will be looking for skills which are transferable across industries. Student should be preparing themselves and working on their soft skills.
Some of these skills haven't yet even been developed. They will come through the creation of new roles as technology advances. How on earth can you plan for a job that doesn't even yet exist?
Businesses don't yet know what the jobs will look like or what people will need, they can only recommend you stay up to date with technological advances through continual learning and personal development.
Artificial intelligence in the workplace is still a work in process and there is uncertainty around how these will yet work. Businesses are going into it unknown. As an employee, you need to keep up.
Young people should expect to be working differently than today with a focus on efficiency and flexibility, hierarchy structures will become a thing of the past as people assume more responsibility, and work collaboratively across all areas of a business and teams. You will be using your skills broadly across the board instead of in a specific task focused job.
A good thing that students can look forward too is a more flexible work environment. We are starting to move this way with a focus on work life balance. An example of this is the new 4 day work week some businesses are raving about.
Going forward people will be able to choose when they work, when it suits them. As long as the work gets done and the outcome is the same does it matter if your team aren't at their desk 8.30-5pm?