The rise of the global virtual worker

The rise of the global virtual worker may help to tackle youth unemployment in Australia. Here’s what it is and why it may help to solve the crisis.

Shot of two young developers discussing on new virtual reality glasses. Business colleagues working on developing new VR goggles technology in modern office.

Shot of two young developers discussing on new virtual reality glasses. Business colleagues working on developing new VR goggles technology in modern office.

“We’re going to tap into the energy and talent of five times as many people as we did before.”

– Bill Gates

As globalisation continues, more opportunities are being created for job seekers. The rise of the global virtual worker is just one example of this, and it’s what Bill Gates is getting at when he says that there’s five times as much talent than we had before. So, what is the global virtual worker and how can this new trend help young Australians looking for work?

The global virtual worker

The rise of the globalised workforce isn’t anything new. In fact, 64 per cent of respondents to a BCG survey said they’d be willing to go abroad for work. However, for some this simply isn’t feasible. What if, instead, the work could come to you? This is the general idea behind the global virtual worker. Technology means it’s easier than ever to work remotely, so that even if the organisation you’re employed by is in another country you can still become part of their workforce.

What does this mean for young Australians?

Not everyone is able to move abroad for work. It’s a difficult step that requires money, visas and a lot of other paperwork. However, with the rise of the global virtual worker, Australians are now no longer limited to their home town or even their own country when they’re looking for work. There are some huge names in business that promote the globalised workforce.

Mozilla, which makes the web browser Firefox, is one of the most prominent. As it says on its jobs website: “We have 13 global offices and people working in more than 30 countries. If you work best from home, that’s not a problem. We can support you anywhere.”

Web services company Automattic also believes in this ethos. It says on its website: “Everyone works from the location they choose. We’re spread out all over the world in more than 50 countries.”

The global virtual worker is also helping create more jobs within Australia itself. In a country this large, where many don’t live anywhere near a city, work from home setups are an important way to help get people into work.

Both the rise of job opportunities from around the world, and more work from home setups are two innovations that may help to lessen the problem of unemployment. Talent Rise is an organisation that aims to unite 15 million global IT&T professionals to collectively roll up their sleeves and facilitate real world solutions to the youth unemployment crisis. For more information, please contact us.