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The future of jobs and the world of work is always a challenging topic. Globally there is a lot of consideration on the types of careers that will be relevant in the fourth industrial revolution. While it is clear that technology is going to play a much larger role it is not always clear what the people will be doing while AI is running our lives.
Steve Jobs was a visionary that imagined a different world where everything was mobile, automated and computers would be at the centre of a business. His company outlawed the purchase of typewriters in 1980 and declared the typewriter obsolete. Many people fear that AI and automation will destroy jobs there has been a view from Elon Musk stating that humans must merge with machines to avert becoming irrelevant as AI becomes widespread.
This creates a world in which we much re-imagine what it means to work, what industries are and how capital gets used to solve earth’s biggest problems.
While there is a need for people to play a role in programming. Installing and rolling out technology these jobs will be much less than many people think. At the same time it is essential to realise that people will play a massive role in interpreting the results of analysis and decision making.
So some of the future jobs that do not really exist today that you may want to think about could include:
Someone needs to look at the impact of different systems and AI technologies and their interaction between businesses. Some of this work already is looking at fake news, systemic bias and many of the other elements of systems interacting on a large scale.
Finding that glitch in the machine is going to be a lot harder and someone is going to need to be able to follow the trail that is outside of the system.
Who is strapping together systems? Someone is going to have to select the components for larger systems and configurators will need to work between larger systems and negotiate protocols until systems can negotiate their own protocols.
Many systems will have to get a human to say yay or nay for a course of action. Experts will need to understand what they are saying yes to. What if the machine decides that the most effective course of action is not to give medicines to high risk candidates because there is a low probability of success? Someone may have to guide these systems.
Who is guilty when a self-driving car kills someone? Its owner, its manufacturer or the creator of the algorithm. We going to need to some real people to negotiate the real issues as the system is unlikely to blame itself.
More and more people will be owners of their own businesses and building business management and entrepreneurship skills will be essential to everyone going forward.
Remember that the old jobs will not disappear totally. People still consume the major categories including
The search for resources and re-use of existing resources will be a massive industry. There are many new industries that will be created. So find an industry that is relevant to you. It is unlikely that most personal services businesses will be replaced by AI soon – but one never knows.
Before the world changes too much there is still a lot of elements that have to be negotiated and there are typically many careers that are not going to go away overnight. You may have heard that lawyers, accountants and maybe even politicians will eventually disappear but it will be a long time before they do. Most professions are here to stay, at least for the next 30 years. A key lesson in this is to reskill yourself with the technology in your industry and always be looking to the next thing in your field.
It is more likely that people in these industries will have more effective tools, better resources to draw from and that there will be increasing specialisation.
The moral of the story is to decide what you enjoy and to locate the industry that will make that work for you. There has been no better time in history to really be whatever you want to be.
The job market has changed from promoting your skills to promoting your value. It has never been easier to get access to creating skills. When people apply for jobs they can send a thousand courses that they have attended and the certificates can be 10 times more than the CV. The question is what value you can create for customers. What is in your heart that can make a difference to others? That is the real challenge and the most important aspect to decide for yourself. What will make you happy, doing this in your life and getting really good at it? How can this help others?
Steve Jobs is quoted as saying “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. “