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17 young people reveal their hopes and fears for life in 2050

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Young people today expect to be working well into the second half of this century but think technology will change the sorts of jobs they will be doing, new research shows.
Students at Plymouth College of Art, City College Plymouth and at Plymouth’s Skills Group were asked how they see their careers progressing and how they will be affected by an ever-changing workplace and technological advances.
And they were all convinced they would be still working when they reach their fifties and also that the work they will be doing is likely to be very different from today, possibly with more self-employment, more technology, more regulation, more working from home – but fewer collars and ties.

Their views are important because there is growing pressure on education providers and, particularly, businesses to adapt and deal with a workforce that is likely to need constant up-skilling.
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Kelcey Pillage (above), a 22-year-old who has just finished a three-year BSc degree at City College Plymouth, said: “Considering how much technology is developing, I can imagine 2050 to be very computer and technology based.
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“Working from home may have also increased with more computer meetings/interviews, etc.
“I think I will still be working in my fifties, yes, but doing what, I have no idea.”

Alice Shilling, is a 22-year-old who has just graduated in costume, production and associated crafts at Plymouth College of Art.
She thinks retirement will be a long way off and said: “Sadly I think our generation will be working till we drop if things carry on the same.
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“I think in the field I want to work in, everyone will be freelance; but I hope the creative arts world will grow and expand even more by 2050, allowing lots of collaboration across the arts to create new and exciting things.”

Luke Sims, a 25-year-old who has just completed a film-making degree at Plymouth College of Art, sees a less formal workplace in future and said: “I love that employers/companies are starting to become less suit-and-tie focussed and more about the actual work. I hope things continue to move in that direction.
“I imagine the workplace will continue to evolve into something more self-run by people. Individuals or small companies making their own opportunities.
“If I’m lucky enough to do what I love as a job, I imagine I’ll never stop.”

Tom Raymond-Jones (above), aged 19, has been studying health and social care at City College Plymouth but will begin an adult nursing course at Plymouth University soon.
He thinks automation will play a big part in the workplace of tomorrow and envisages potentially starting his own chain of GP surgeries.
“In 2050 the health and social care workplace will have changed drastically,” he said. “I have no doubt the technology needed for different operations and procedures would have developed into far more efficient and useful machines, minimising the need for human input within particular parts of the business.
“However, there is always need for human contact in health and social care settings.
“Therefore, I believe I will still be working but the policies and procedures I use now may have changed causing care to become more holistic.”

Elise Garnett (above), aged 18, has just finished a City College Plymouth course in forensic science and is now going to Plymouth University to study psychology with criminology.
She expects to graduate in 2021, and said that 30 years after that automation will be in full force.
“I think the workplace will be very different, possibly with a lot of technology taking over the jobs many of us currently do,” she said. “But I want to still be working. I will hopefully have my own lab.”
Poppy Carroll, a 19-year-old studying business at City College Plymouth, wants to work in market research for an “international” business.
“I imagine I’ll still be working when it comes to 2050,” she said. “But by then I’d like to think that I’ll be working abroad, or at least in a job where I’m able to travel.
“I’m sure technology will have developed tremendously by then, so the workplace will probably operate differently from how it does today.”

Jake Williams (above), aged 22, has completed a degree in illustration at Plymouth College of Art and wants to work in the creative industries.
He thinks the post-2050 workplace will be “quite different” and said: “I believe there will be an even greater diversity of project, media and styles. I think the trends will be completely different and something unpredictable and fresh.”

Penny Chan (above), a 22-year-old who has completed a degree in fashion media and marketing at Plymouth College of Art, said: “I hope men and women will be getting an equal salary and, yes, I do hope to still be working.”

Olivia Pritchard (above), a 17-year-old who is a business administration apprentice, with Skills Group, is expecting technology to play a part in her future and said: “Yes, I think I will still be working in my fifties and I am hoping to progress through the organisation into a management position. I think the workplace will be very different by then and will be radically affected by technology.”

Jak Burgess (above), aged 22, is a bricklaying apprentice, with Skills Group, said: “Yes, I hope I will be still be working in bricklaying when I am in my fifties, but I think that there will be a lot of changes and health and safety will become even more rigorous.”

Hannah Elder (above), who is 18 and studying childcare at City College Plymouth, said: “I think that in 2050 it will be different in the workplace but I hope I may be in a senior position and able to use my knowledge of new technology to help others.”

Hannah Squires (above), an 18-year-old studying childcare at City College Plymouth, wants to work in a nursery after she qualifies in 2018.
“In 2050 the workplace will be very different because education is always improving and they are always bring in new laws,” she said.

Annabel Joyce (above), is aged 20 and studying business management at Plymouth University and wants a career in HR.
She said: “The workplace is already changing significantly but I believe there to be limitations to the implementation of technology and its adaptability.”

Monet Joy Wozencroft (above), aged 18, has been studying medical science at City College Plymouth and in 2018 aims to go to university to study for a degree in veterinary nursing.
She said: “I’m not really sure what to expect in the future workplace but I hope that there will still be as many jobs as there is today if not more and that I am still working.”

Mark Fulcher (above), aged 29, has completed a foundation degree in marine engineering at City College Plymouth and is now working as a marine structural surveyor.
He said: “I will be approaching retirement in 2050, so I believe I will still be working.
“I plan to have furthered my career within my section, if things go well for me I may be running the section by that time; I certainly plan to have progressed upwards a couple of levels by this point.”

Lauren Young (above), who is 19 and has been studying for a public services foundation degree at City College Plymouth, said: “I think the workplace will be much broader than it currently is with a lot more recognition by the public towards public service workers.
“Hopefully I will still be working as I would like to work in my goal job for as long as I’m still breathing.”
Here are the full Q/A responses from the youngsters who tool part in The Herald’s research:
Luke Sims
Luke David Sims, BA (Hons) Film, Plymouth College of ArtName: Luke David Sims
Where you live and your age?: I’m currently living in Plymouth, and I’m 25
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I’ve actually just finished my course in BA (Hons) Film with a first.
Are you going on to further study?: I think, if I do a Masters (which I’ve considered) it’ll be in a few years time.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: The freedom to grow, the chance to learn, and the ability to really contribute. I’d like to be able to thrive and continue developing my skills, whilst also being able to share the knowledge and experience I have.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I love that employers/companies are starting to become less suit and tie focussed and more about the actual work. I hope things continue to move in that direction. I imagine the workplace will continue to evolve into something more self-run by people. Individuals or small companies making their own opportunities. If I’m lucky enough to do what I love as a job, I imagine I’ll never stop.
Jake Williams

Jake Williams, BA (Hons) Illustration, Plymouth College of Art
Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, 22
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: BA (Hons) Illustration, Summer 2017
Are you going on to further study?: No current plans for further study
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I’d love to work in an exciting fast paced creative environment or work freelance alongside an agent to assist with acquiring and managing commissions.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I think the workplace will be quite different, I believe there will be an even greater diversity of project, media and styles. I think the trends will be completely different and something unpredictable and fresh. I would love to still be creating illustration in 2050 as it’s something I’m passionate about and really enjoy.
Penny Chan

Penny Chan, BA (Hons) Fashion Media & Marketing, Plymouth College of Art
Where you live and your age?: Plymouth & London, 22
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: Fashion Media Marketing, graduating this summer
Are you going on to further study?: No
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: Fun and respectful workplace!
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I hope that men and women will be getting an equal salary and yes I do hope to still be working!
ALICE SHILLING
Alice Shilling, BA (Hons) Costume Production and Associated Crafts, Plymouth College of Art
Where you live and your age?: I live in Cornwall and I am 22 years old
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: BA (Hons) Costume Production and Associated Crafts and graduate this year.
Are you going on to further study?: Unless I decide to go into teaching later on down the line, I will not be going on to further study.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: From my first employer I will be looking to put my skills learnt during my degree into practice in a professional environment. I would like my employer to help me expand on these skills and pay me a fair wage.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: Sadly I think our generation will be working till we drop if things carry on the same. I think in the field I want to work in, everyone will be freelance; but I hope the creative arts world will grow and expand even more by 2050, allowing lots of collaboration across the arts to create new and exciting things!
Anna Boast

Anna Boast, BA (Hons) Fashion, Plymouth College of Art
Where you live and your age?: Plymouth 21
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: BA (Hons) Fashion, and I graduate this year.
Are you going on to further study?: No. Hopefully at some point in the future.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I already have my first job and start next week in London. I am looking for them to introduce me to the industry and mentor/ guide and teach me new skills and develop me as a person and my confidence.
Olivia Pritchard

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, 17
What are you studying, and when do you graduate, leave school or complete your apprenticeship?: Business Administration Apprenticeship Level 2 with Skills Group
What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship and your first employment?: I started my a-levels and didn’t really enjoy it, and felt I wanted to be more hands on and learn a skill. I found the apprenticeship with Skills Group through their website and now feel it’s a great learning experience for anyone who is considering it and you gain qualifications at the same time.
I really enjoy my role at Skills Group in the admissions department, it’s a very varied role and challenges me every day. I work closely with a small team which is great, but I also get to interact with all levels of staff across the business.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: Yes, I think I will still be working in my fifties and am hoping to progress through the organisation into a management position. I think the workplace will be very different by then and will be radically affected by technology.
Jak Burgess

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, 22
What are you studying, and when do you graduate, leave school or complete your apprenticeship?: Bricklaying Apprenticeship Level 3 with Skills Group and MG Brick
What do you enjoy about your apprenticeship and your first employment?: When I left school, I started an apprenticeship, however due to family circumstances I was not able to continue with it at that time. I then started labouring for a local construction company and they encouraged me to start my bricklaying apprenticeship, starting with level 2, I have now moved onto my level 3 and am almost finished.
The apprenticeship gave me the chance to better myself and improve my level of qualifications, as it is really hard for young people to get a career when you don’t have much experience.
I haven’t always been the best employee but my employer has really supported me throughout my qualification and gave me a great stepping stone for my future. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: Yes I hope I will be still be working in bricklaying when I am in my fifties, but I think that there will be a lot of changes and health and safety will become even more rigorous.
Tom Raymond-Jones

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, 19
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I was just studying Health and Social Care at City College however I have just come to the end of this course. I now have a place at Plymouth University in which I will be participating in an Adult Nursing Course.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I would be looking for an employer that would provide me with examples of competent staff that I can learn from and base my skills upon. I would also like to be provided with a platform to practise my skills and learn in a way that helps me progress upwards through the hierarchy of nursing.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: In 2050 the health and social care workplace will have changed drastically. I have no doubt the technology needed for different operations and procedures would have developed into far more efficient and useful machines, minimising the need for human input within particular parts of the business. However, there is always need for human contact in health and social care settings. Therefore, I believe I will still be working but the policies and procedures I use now may have changed causing care to become more holistic.
I aspire to start my own chain on private general practitioner surgeries in order to help individuals in every physical, mental, social and intellectual aspects of their lives. Or on the other hand I would like to become a pharmaceutical representative. This career will allow me to advertise new and improved medication to help future individuals that use health and social care services.
Hannah Elder

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, aged 18
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I am studying childcare at City College and I will graduate in 2018.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I will be looking for a place that values the importance of education and where I can make a difference in a child’s life with a system in place to help me settle in and find my feet.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I think that in 2050 it will be different in the work place but I hope that I may be in a seniority position and be able to use my knowledge of new technology to help others.
Hannah Squires

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, 18
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I am studying childcare at City College and I will graduate in 2018.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I will be looking to work in a nursery where they always value the children first! A place that supports and helps them through their first steps of education, and prepares them to go off to school when they are old enough.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: In 2050 the work place will be very different because education is always improving and they are always bring in new laws. I would like to hope that I will be working and in a place where we always make the children education paramount and I can improve my knowledge and skills.
Annabel Joyce

Where you live and your age?: Torpoint, aged 20
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I am studying Business Management at Plymouth University and will graduate in September 2017.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?:
I want a job where I can put into practice everything I have learnt at my time at university. I would like personal support throughout my training period, identifying personal strengths which my employer can utilise. It would also be advantageous to have an employer to be flexible in how to approach work – whether it be from home or in the work place.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: The workplace is already changing significantly but I do believe there to be limitations to the implementation of technology and its adaptability. I inevitably aim to be working and in a reputable business, hopefully as a HR Manager.
Elise Garnett

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, 18
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I have just finished my college course of forensic science and going to Plymouth University in September to study Psychology with Criminology. I will graduate in 2020/2021
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I will be looking for support to help me transition from education to full time work, especially with the sensitivity of the career I want to be in. I feel it is important that everyone receives the right training for their chosen career.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I think the work place will be very different, possibly with a lot of technology taking over the jobs many of us currently do, but I want to still be working. I will hopefully have my own lab.
Monet Joy Wozencroft

Where you live and your age?:18, Plymouth
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I’m studying medical science at City College and will graduate from here in 2018 before going to university to study a degree in veterinary nursing.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I will be looking for a supportive employer who provides me with many opportunities to gain more skills and communicates with me about my progress on a regular basis.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I’m not really sure what to expect in the future work place but I hope that there will still be as many jobs as there is today if not more and that I am still working.
Poppy Carroll
Where you live and your age?: Yelverton, aged 19
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I am currently studying business at City College Plymouth and willbe graduate in 2018
What will you be looking for from your first employer?:
I want a job where I’m able to develop my market research skills, hopefully, within an international business. Personally, I believe that having a mentor, or regular progress checks would be helpful.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I imagine I’ll still be working when it comes to 2050! By then I like to think that I’ll be working abroad, or at least in a job where I’m able to travel. Additionally, I’m sure that technology will have developed tremendously by then, so the workplace will probably operate differently from how it does today.
Mark Fulcher

Where you live and your age?: Saltash, Cornwall, aged 29.
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: I studied an FdSc in Marine Engineering, on a part time schedule, and graduated in 2016.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: I applied for funding to take this course as I was ready to progress my career. 2/3 of the way through my foundation degree I applied for and was promoted from a Fabricator to a Marine Structural Surveyor.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I will be approaching retirement in 2050, so I believe I will still be working. I plan to have furthered my career within my section, if things go well for me I may be running the section by that time; I certainly plan to have progressed upwards a couple of levels by this point.
Lauren Young

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth 19 years old
What are you studying, and when do you graduate?: Public services Foundation Degree, 2019, City College Plymouth
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: Support from the employer whilst giving me the opportunities to practice skills I have learnt, as my final goal for a job is an intelligence officer.
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: I think the workplace will be much broader than it currently is with a lot more recognition by the public with their attitudes towards public service workers. Hopefully I will still be working as I would like to work in my goal job for as long as I’m still breathing.
Kelcey Pillage

Where you live and your age?: Plymouth, 22, studied at City College Plymouth
When are you studying and when will you graduate/leave school/college?: Just finished my three year BSc degree and have now graduated.
What will you be looking for from your first employer?: Experience with support of working in a professional environment and the chance to develop with more opportunities and qualifications
You will be in your fifties in 2050, but what do you think the workplace will be like then and do you think you will still be working?: Considering how much technology is developing, I can imagine 2050 to be very computer and technology based. Working from home may have also increased with more computer meetings/interviews etc. I think I will still be working in my fifties yes, but doing what I have no idea!
Source: Cornwall Live