Today’s apprehension on technological advancements comes as no surprise. They have their benefits by making our everyday lives that little bit simpler, but the strain these advancements and improvements have on today’s labour force comes with causes for concern.
We have reached the days of remarkable technological innovations that have wiped out existing jobs. This has understandably brought about anxiety amongst workers, even my own. Replacing the human touch in any workflow process, big or small, may look increasingly likely, but the future of today’s labour force is looking brighter than ever. Here’s why I think so:
Back In My Day
I remember being amazed at the sight of auto-doors from all those years ago, and today technology promises us driverless cars in the near future. It must all feel daunting to witness even the most menial of labours being handed off to computers and robots, but the bigger picture still eludes many.
We send our friends and families instant messages on various apps on our smartphones, but have you ever stopped to think of how these apps were conceived? An App Designer is one job description that certainly didn’t exist back in my day, amongst many that have come up in recent times.
A social media manager is another job description that came about because technology precipitated it. While there are several software solutions developed to aid in tracking consumer behaviour on social media, they only provide in-depth numbers and statistics – still needing a person to analyse and make sense of the numbers before drawing relevant conclusions.
We often argue that technology has made some jobs obsolete, but overlook how it has also brought about more meaningful occupations and tasks that now require a person’s management more than ever.
In 1955, Fortune Magazine shared a list of the 500 largest companies, of which only 71 remain today. Companies like Nokia, Blockbuster, and Borders who once ruled their respective markets, have since floundered. They are now a reminder of a lethal mistake they made – not making a change.
To change and to innovate is more than just adopting the latest software and gadgets; it’s about forcing the issue and implementing ideals. Hiring and training methods should be adopted and consistently improved on to keep up with technology.
Man invented the computer, not the other way around. Every time we marvel at the sight of state-of-the-art technology, we must remember that as human beings, we are also well equipped to pick up new tricks along the way. In 2017, it hasn’t been simpler; Google searches and YouTube tutorials point the way to comprehensive guides and resources to learn from. Coursera and EdX are also prime examples of online learning platforms that offer opportunities for job seekers to better themselves.
The transformation in our workflow processes and lifestyle habits will be inevitable, but shouldn’t be fought or feared. See this transformation as an opportunity to assess more options and open doors you didn’t know existed. Take these changes in your stride and continue to better yourselves alongside the gadgets you live by, and that will be exactly how you value talent amidst technology.
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