There’s a sudden murmur in the circles about technology rising too high. Millennials are said to be already on their way out of the job industry, and the next generation worries if it would face competition from robots.
Every since the first robot-only restaurant opened in Japan, trade pundits have been busy predicting the future of the workforce. It is predicted that around 45% of all manufacturing jobs will be completed by robots by the year 2025. While robots are still being used in the manufacturing industry today, the rate is just 10%.
Hence, people do have a reason to worry, but there’s no need to panic. There’s another school of thought which believes that technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed. And this notion seems to be correct. Technology isn’t necessarily stealing jobs, it’s just offering you newer opportunities. There are jobs and designations that were not available yesterday, online marketing being a major example. And all this due to technological invent.
So what do you need to do in order to stay relevant in the coming years? Here are some tips:
1. Upgrade your Skillset
As mentioned earlier, technology is giving people more opportunities and only those who fail to upgrade their skills would be out of luck. Get enrolled in a new course and learn new skills. You should also attend seminars and other such events to stay abreast with the latest happenings, especially in the technological world. Know about the latest and most popular apps, figure out how to use them before your company decides to hire someone else who could.
Also, see what’s going to be relevant tomorrow. Yes, there will be computers but who will be running, maintaining and operating them? Humans! You need to know about this and upgrade your knowledge accordingly.
2. Remember the Human Touch
You being a human is your USP. Computers may be able to do jobs fast, but remember that there are a few qualities they do not and most probably will never possess. The ability to feel and take decisions on their own is not something computers are expected to expert. You need to keep this in mind and use it in your benefit.
The emotional factor can turn out to be very beneficial, so continue to socialize and be in the eye of people. This will help you know about jobs and also find them. At times it is all about being at the right place at the right time.
3. Choose a Career Keeping your Future in Mind
Do not choose a dying career. For example, nobody is looking at hiring artists who show their skills on the canvas, but there’s growing demand for graphic designers able to work on computers. If you choose a degree that isn’t going to be relevant tomorrow, you will find it difficult to score a good job. So make this decision carefully and choose a career that is bound to stay.
4. Demand What you Deserve
One of the biggest problems is employees having very high expectations. No company would pay you $90,000 just because you feel you deserve to be paid this much. Always measure your value based on the market value, and be ready to settle for less, if the need be. You can always demand a higher pay once you learn more skills and gain experience.
Computers and robots are getting cheaper day by day. If you’re competing against them, you need to compete on the price as well. When a company invests in a robot, it has to make a huge payment to get one, but that’s not the only investment a company makes. There’s regular maintenance cost and other such costs associated with having a robot work for you. All in all, many argue that the overall costs may end up being the same. So, if you are on the same level of output, make sure you’re providing at least financial benefits to your employers.
These simple points will help you stay relevant even when the environment changes. Remember that change is inevitable, and only those who fail to accept this change are the ones who fail to succeed. Make it a habit to change with time and you will have no problem in finding success.
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