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This month's cover story on the top 25
jobs by 2025 reinforces Forge's passion
for entrepreneurship as technology
redefnes the labour market in the ‘new
Forge believes that Australia needs a
stronger culture of people wanting to
create their jobs, rather than only apply
for them; a culture where our best and
brightest want to be innovators and
entrepreneurs, and create wealth for
themselves and the community. We
need a culture where young people are
encouraged to take controlled business
risks when they have less to lose and
more time to recover, and are not
ostracised if they fail epically.
Other countries are miles ahead in this
regard. Leading United States universities
have long encouraged students to create
their jobs and work for themselves.
Some Asian universities are targeting
an education outcome of 50 per cent of
graduates being self-employed.
What is Australia doing? The good news
is that more of our universities are
recognising the importance of innovation
and entrepreneurship across disciplines.
Some are launching innovation precincts
and entrepreneurship incubators, and
collaborating more with industry.
The bad news is that this focus is not
nearly enough, given the magnitude of
opportunities and threats as technology
reshapes the labour market. Sadly, our
education sector mostly still funnels
students towards occupations that may
not exist in a decade's time.
Our cover story has a sobering prediction
from Australian futurist and strategist Dr
Peter Ellyard, who says 70 per cent of the
jobs of 2025 have not yet been invented.
Think about the implications of that
prediction. Hundreds of thousands of
university students are spending years of
their lives and tens of thousands of dollars
to gain knowledge and qualifcations for
jobs that may no longer exist, or that will
have fundamentally changed.
Our students will have to navigate a
rapidly changing labour market like never
before, working across industries, and for
themselves and others. They will need
an entrepreneur 's mindset to identify
opportunities and capitalise on change.
Read the top 25 jobs by 2025 story,
and ask if our education system is
adequately preparing students for the
changes. Ask if enough educators are
teaching skills that are transferable
across industry, and helping students
to adapt to a labour market that is
increasingly defned by technology.
Forge is biased towards entrepreneurship,
but recognises that self-employment is
not for everyone. Our argument is that
students must be taught the skills to
create or apply for a job so that they have
more options. Right now, our education
system is vastly skewed towards job
application over job creation.
If Australia is serious about developing
a culture of entrepreneurship, it must
start in schools. Encourage primary
school students to create business ideas,
secondary students to innovate products
and services, and university students to
The United Kingdom, for example, has
a push on fostering entrepreneurship
within schools. It knows that the digital
economy will lead to higher rates of
self-employment, and more people
having a portfolio of micro-jobs and
There is cause for some optimism. More
Australian schools are introducing
entrepreneurship initiatives, and some
private providers are active in this
area. Universities, collectively, are
providing resources to help students
commercialise ideas on campus, and are
lifting collaboration with industry on
research, off a low base.
Other gains are from unexpected
quarters. The local government sector
is investing in programs to encourage
start-up entrepreneurship in metropolitan
and regional areas. Our councils
sometimes cop fak, but deserve credit for
recognising the potential of innovation
and entrepreneurship to energise local
economies and create jobs.
After profling more than a dozen
councils in this edition, Forge has
identifed a clear trend of councils
encouraging entrepreneurship, and
not only focusing on small business.
This fascinating development could
drive a stronger culture of regional
I hope you enjoy Forge's third issue. We
appreciate the many positive reader
comments and strong advertising
support. Our passion for creativity,
innovation, entrepreneurship and wealth
creation has struck a chord.
Please email your comments to the
address below. We are dedicated to
making each issue of Forge better than
the last, and we encourage readers to
help shape the magazine.
Oh, and don't miss our next issue in
December. We have big plans for a
bumper end-of-year edition.
David Haratsis, publisher, Forge.
From the publisher
It's time to kickstart a culture of entrepreneurship in schools and
universities -- students will have to navigate a rapidly changing
labour market to thrive.
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