by Paula Quinsee
There is a lot of talk going on about the 4th Industrial Revolution and Robots taking over the World...ok not really the world but our jobs and leaving us redundant. Whilst there may be some truth in this, it is not entirely true. Yes, the Robots are here, and work streams are being automated, so we need to constantly up-skill ourselves to remain relevant in the job landscape of the future. This doesn't only apply to individuals but also to organizations.
The world and technology may be moving at a rapid pace but, the one skill robots will not be able to replace is human connection and compassion. This is going to open up a whole new range of job sectors and opportunities such as Elderly Wellness Consultants whilst other jobs are going to change dramatically due to automation (e.g. Chartered Accountants may need to consider evolving into Data Scientists). That being said, someone has to teach the robots, right?
This is going to require some pro-activeness on our part to constantly up-skill ourselves to remain relevant in the workplace of the future. If our companies are not looking at different ways to help their employees remain relevant, we need to do it for ourselves or risk being left behind.
These are some of the predicted top jobs of the future:
Old Age Wellness Manager / Consultant
Climate Change Reversal Specialist
New Scientists Ethicist
Security Repair Person
Personal Productivity Person
So how can you plan for your work landscape of the future?
Look at the trends of the job sector you are in and where it is heading to in the future
Identify what skills will be required in those evolving sectors
Assess whether you have those skills and to what capacity
Identify what you need to do to start acquiring or enhance those skills and act now
If you don't A.C.T now (action changes things), you risk being left behind or becoming redundant.
Discuss your career path with your manager and what the future may look like, find out whether there are any in-house training programs and courses you can do. Alternatively look at external training courses and programs and take the initiative whether the company is going to pay for you or not. You cannot leave your future solely in the hands of your employer.
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Securing your future starts with investing in yourself today to remain relevant for tomorrow and where you want to go – don’t wait the robots are already here.
Paula Quinsee is a Relationship Expert, Tedx speaker and author of self-help guides ‘Embracing Conflict’ and ‘Embracing No’. Paula works with individuals and organisations to cultivate healthy relationships in both their personal and professional arenas by focusing on emotional skills and personal growth and development. She regularly appears in the media and consulted to ‘Married at First Sight SA’ TV show. More information: www.paulaquinsee.com
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