Have you ever wondered how the shelf life of your skill is shrinking? From decades to years to (to mere months); today’s treasured skill set is tomorrow’s defunct expertise. All this because of the age of automation. It truly presents as a challenge to the modern professional life. Today, we find ourselves at a crossroad. The right decisions could lead you to a successful career.
There is a clear need for the professionals to effectively shield themselves against the onslaught of Automation. But the question remains how can one prepare for it? Re-skilling seems to be the logical solution but how can one practically achieve it.
So, let us go through a step by step guide, and together figure how to not only survive but thrive in the age of Automation.
- Keep Track: The first step is to follow and keep updated about the relevant new development through reports and articles on skills and technologies for the future. It’s also important to assess where one stands in terms of skill levels and where one can aim based on the area of interests.
- Diversify Your Skill Set: Aim to acquire as many new skills. If you are a college student, take an extra course beyond your curriculum. If you are a professional, take classes after work. Participate in seminars, attend workshops, and go to related events, the opportunities to learn are endless.
- Design A Skill Roadmap: At the very least, devise a three-year-long learning and skilling roadmap. Also, keep a check of your progress each year or every six months. The new age is about acquiring multiple parallel skills and wearing different hats. Don’t get complacent with just one skill, acquire as many as you can!
- Understanding Context: A skill without the understanding of context is of no use and will inevitably be replaced by machines. Whatever one learns or adopts as a skill, the most crucial element is to understand how to use that skill in context – be it a business or life. In comparison, human beings are better at making decisions regarding which skill to use in which context. The ideal way to learn contextual skills is by putting one’s learning to practice. By taking additional work in the relevant other departments, by switching roles, and even by volunteering, one can absorb this type of learning effectively.
- Networking & Peer Learning: Stay connected and continue to network, especially with experts and people with similar skill sets. Learning from your peers can be the most cost-effective and rewarding experience. You can even learn vertically, from your seniors and unsurprisingly your juniors as well.
- Stay Hungry To Learn: And finally, if I could leave you with one last piece of advice, it would be to stay hungry to learn new things. The passion to learn new skills will be your single greatest weapon in the arsenal. Keep looking for new skills and new opportunities for tomorrow.
A research report by PwC UK across 29
countries predicts that 30% of jobs are at
potential risk of automation by mid-2030s.
Therefore, the situation warrants an immediate plan of action. The idea is not to just start this essential conversation but to lay down a route that can be easily followed. The process starts by defining a well-strategized Skill Roadmap. This roadmap will be the path to your success! These simple steps will not only help you survive the age of automation but thrive in it!
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