Belfast Telegraph

Young people confident of securing 'yet to exist' jobs

By Martyn Landi

Many young people believe the speed of technological advances means they will one day have a job that does not yet exist, according to new research.

A survey of young people, coinciding with A-level results day, found that almost half (47%) of 16 to 24-year-olds believe they will work in a role that does not currently exist.

But less than one-in-five thinks they have the skills required to future-proof their careers.

In response to the study, carried out by defence technology firm BAE Systems, the company used a panel of futurists and technologists to predict the job roles likely to exist in 2040, and the subjects which could provide skills for those jobs.

It included roles such as an AI ethicist, who would be responsible for ensuring artificial intelligence was underpinned by robust ethics.

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