Work will never be the same. We talked about it already here.
Embracing the future of work as an employee translates not only into acquiring more and more knowledge but about identifying and refining those skills that make you unique.
If your job is going to be taken by robots, make sure you’re the person learning to code the robots, rather than the person whose job those bots will be pinching.
Build your career to take advantage of it
- Figure out how to learn fast and become a learning worker rather than a knowledge worker — knowledge “expires”/ becomes obsolete so fast these days; life-long learning is the future.
- Cultivate skills that will be relevant in the future. Don’t invest too much in left side of the brain/algorithmic type of skills. If a task implies following a set of established instructions down a single pathway to one conclusion, it’ll be among the first to be automated. Become good at the right side of the brain/ heuristic kind of work — interesting, challenging, creative; the kind of task that requires you to find a solution/path yourself. You can take a look at some of the skills predicted to be highly valued in 2020 here — and how fast they are changing.
- As Clare preaches in this extremely insightful article, don’t go into a dying industry. It doesn’t matter how clever you are, going into a dying industry is really hard. Unless you’re at the disruptive element of it. If your job is going to be taken by robots, make sure you’re the person learning to code the robots, rather than the person whose job those bots will be pinching.