It’s no surprise that we’re right in the middle of the digital revolution with brand new technologies launching almost every day that will greatly influence how we work and live for the next 30 years. In fact, the workforce of the future is one of the biggest trending topics right now with numerous experts sharing insights on the impact of automation and intelligence technologies, with some insights being contradictory and a little confusing as to which tech tools will actually dominate the future of work.
Should we be afraid that the I-bots are coming, or should we simply embrace them as extra helping hands that assist us each day? Will these tech tools allow us to keep our jobs or will they ultimately be worker replacements if the human touch is no longer needed?
Almost 5% of all jobs are now fully automated, and millions more will be partially automated within the next decade. Remember, it was not too long ago that it took all morning to finally get to work, answer phone calls, follow up with clients, coordinate schedules and then manage projects after being tied up in meetings all day. These days, our lives are made simpler by the fact that some of these processes can now be automated with digital assistants and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
The bottom line is, regardless of what job you currently find yourself in, you are going to be affected. No field will be able to avoid it. And as it stands, the marketplace is being challenged by highly qualified workers who don’t even need to step foot in your country in order to beat you at the next gig. In other words, the workforce of the future is not only digital but borderless.
Moreover, the jobs of the future don’t necessarily require a formal education, but staying in the game will require mental dedication, along with being tech-savvy and digitally relevant in order for you to add to the future.
The future will also turn our definition of so-called “experts” upside-down. These days, it’s possible to meet a 19-year-old who already has 12 years of experience. Since we are all living in the information age, it is extremely easy for people to gain intellect and know-how across a variety of fields even much faster than pursuing a 4-year college degree.
With information and expertise now moving at the speed of light, what can you do to prepare for the workplace transformation? Can you trust the things you learn in school or at work to prepare you for the future? Will you take charge of your development or will you simply decline? The main thing to understand is if you don’t take serious strides towards changing or progressing, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll stagnate or start going backward.
Naturally, job automation and how to compete with it, raises a lot of new questions, like whether or not a formal degree will still be relevant. On one hand, some say a formal education will still play a key role in future advancements but may simply need to be upgraded. In fact, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, recently recommended that politicians reassess the current school curriculum to ensure that the younger generations are educated for the future rather than for unemployment. He shared that we need to revolutionize our educational institutions, the perception of the good life, and the concept of what it means to have “a real job”!
Now, on the other hand, a formal education may not be needed as simply getting some informal training or tapping into digital learning solutions could easily meet job requirements. Interestingly, some of the most prominent technological innovators in the world, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, etc., have no formal education.
However, whether you choose the formal or informal route, be sure to consider these four factors when deciding your career plans for the future:
1. The influence of artificial intelligence
2. The impact of automation
3. Advancement in the Gig economy
4. Social Media and Digital Networking
As career professionals and innovative thinkers, we need to be highly qualified, creative and able to work with machines. Moreover, we have to be prepared for lifelong learning. There is no finish line. And we should always stay flexible as functional and traditional job roles as we know it may greatly change. That’s why you need to stay up to date on the demands of the market to ensure that you don’t become redundant or outdated.
So be sure to prepare yourself by getting in with the right people so you can earn your next “paycheck” on your own terms. Learning how to brand and market yourself, and how to set your prices and close a deal will be critical to how you succeed in the future.
And finally remember, there are only two kinds of people: the ones who crumble in the face of adversity, and the ones who grow stronger in response to it. The biggest talent of the future won’t be the person who works a lot, but rather the person who gets the right things done in smarter ways by leveraging the power of knowledge, expertise, and inspiration.
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