A study commissioned by the Foundation for Young Australians (the New Work Order report) found 58 per cent of students and 71 per cent of vocational education students were on a career path likely to disappear.

The report found backing from the OECD, which found occupations requiring the highest proportion of problem solvers were the one to have increased employment the most.

Jobs requiring high levels of vocational or interpersonal skills have been the ones to have grown in the last 25 years. Jobs requiring personal services have grown by 87 per cent, while jobs in professional occupations have grown by 54 per cent.

Automation is threatening a vast swathe of mundane jobs.

To that end, economists believe jobs requiring creative intelligence, social intelligence and problem solving are those least likely to be taken over by machines.

And the trend away from rote learning is already being felt.

Accountancy giant Ernst & Young announced last month that job applicants would no longer be decided upon by their grade scores alone. Instead, the company is interested in applicants’ ‘strengths’. These would be quantified through a series of numerical online assessments.

Investigations done by the company believed these were a superior predictor of success at work than grade scores alone.

“Our  research found no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken,” said Maggie Stilwell, Ernst & Young’s managing partner for talent.

Hard skills can be taught, soft skills (as reported in the Telegraph) are part of the applicant; they’re the unchanging factor that everyone has to deal with in the office or call upon in times of need.

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