The world is on the precipice of the fourth Industrial revolution- changing the ways people approach careers and even life. The fourth industrial revolution, which has been brought about by incredible advances in technology, will change the way we work, live and relate to one another. These changes will affect massive changes in many sectors of the job market.
The fourth industrial revolution will likely lead to job cuts across certain sectors, as machines replace several human skills. The jobs most at risk are those that do not require specific skills or training, placing low-skill workers at risk.
Certain careers are more likely to be well-suited for the changes brought by the fourth industrial revolution and a number of fields have been identified as showing potential for the future. These are:
- Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Automation, Cyber Security, Big Data and Data Analytics
- Biotechnology, Biomedical Science & Biomedical Engineering, and Healthcare
- Climate, Energy, Natural Resources & Environment
- Liberal Arts, Design & Creative Technologies
- Education and Skill Training
How should job-seekers prepare for this new development?
Many experts recommend that people seek out skills that can survive the fourth industrial revolution, skills acquired through multi-disciplinary education where human and social sciences understand science and technology, and vice versa. Workers need to stay updated with the latest skills and technology and ensure that they are knowledgeable about their fields. Skills that will remain in demand in this new era included social skills, technical skills, resource management skills, physical skills, cognitive abilities, systems skills; complex problem-solving skills and content skills. These capabilities can improve the desirability and flexibility of job-seekers.
Despite many dire predictions, the fourth industrial revolution can potentially improve the quality of life and raise the global income. The changes brought about by technological advancements also represent a new potential for growth and new prospects for industries. Technological innovation will lower the costs of transportation and communication, the cost of trade will lower and global supply chains, and logistics will become more effective; ultimately opening new markets and driving economic growth.
This new decade brings with it new challenges and new opportunities, and people need to stay ahead of current trends in order to enhance their employability.
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