According to a recent WEF article, the double disruption caused by automation and the COVID-19 crisis will displace 85 million jobs by 2025. Among those lucky enough to remain in the job position, 50% will need re-training for that year. In other words, we can be sure that most of us will have to learn new skills that are better suited to current jobs or we will have to acquire new ones for the jobs of the future. In the Anglo-Saxon world, this is known as “upskilling” and “reskilling” and these terms are of great importance in today’s world of work.
Within the so-called “Hard Skills”, one of the best investments we can make is to strengthen our skills in the field of AI.
Within the so-called “Hard Skills” one of the best investments we can make is to strengthen our skills in the field of AI. The World Economic Forum informed us a couple of years ago that one of the main drivers of the acceleration of technological change is AI. Despite the effects of the pandemic on different industries, according to a 2020 report by Omdia the global AI software market will reach $ 100 billion by 2025. A year earlier, John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, already alerted us that AI promised to be the most disruptive technology for the next 10 years due to the advances that we will see in computational systems and deep neural networks.
However, the big question we can ask ourselves is how can a person who does not have technological knowledge reinvent his or her career towards AI? David Lancefield and Dorie Clark offer the answer in their recent article for Harvard Business Review entitled “5 Strategies to Reinvent Your Career in Uncertain Times.” In their article the authors explained how one of David’s former colleagues noticed that interest in AI was growing rapidly. Although this person lacked formal experience, he sought and landed a position in a novel innovation unit focused on developing and implementing AI technologies. Thinking of us, to reach our future work goal, the authors recommend five strategies that can help anyone to harness the power of uncertainty to reinvent their professional strategy.
The first one is to explore a very wide range of options including the unimaginable, both positive and negative. The main driver of this strategy is that anything can happen in uncertain times.
The second one involves imagining your best possible future.To do this, you can explore the different ways in which you could take advantage of your skills by finally connecting your passions with your professional activity. This will help you feel fulfilled at the highest level.
The third one is to build skills that are highly relevant to your future job. If your passion is coding, you can extend your skills by learning a programming language like Python. However, if your future is more directed towards other areas, such as the social sciences, then you could learn how philosophy, sociology or ethics will be fundamental in a technological world. The options in this area are limitless.
The fourth one is based on short-term success. This strategy is related to the previous one and helps us to focus. A good option is to start with movements that are impossible to regret, as they will be useful in any circumstance.
The fifth and final strategy is to be ruthless about what you leave behind. It is hard for any of us to give things up that have been invested in many financial and temporal resources, but it is best to see it as an opportunity to grow, whether it is exploring new skills, a new job, or a full career.
Lifelong learning will become increasingly important in our lives. The psychologist, educator and poet Herbert Gerjuoy pointed out a phrase that was later reproduced by the sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffer:
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who do not know how to read and write, but those who do not know how to learn, unlearn and relearn.Alvin Toffer
In this lifelong learning, we must integrate AI that will be at the core of most exponential technologies.