Will you have the necessary skills to be employed in ten, fifteen or twenty tears? I understand why your immediate response will be, “Of course!” but are you sure?
Authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee of “The Second Machine Age” explain that ordinary skills will be replaced by automation.
Brynjolfsson and McAfee note, “However, there’s never been a worse time to be a worker with only ‘ordinary’ skills and abilities to offer, because computers, robots, and other digital technologies are acquiring these skills and abilities at an extraordinary rate.”
Are you still confident that your current skill set is not being scheduled for replacement by a digital technology:
Brynjolfsson and McAfee continue, “Technological progress is going to leave behind some people, perhaps even a lot of people, as it races ahead.”
Since you fall into this unfortunate category what is your solution?
- You need to start acquiring unique skills; ones that are not easily routinized.
- You need to start using technology to become more valuable.
You are in the second machine age, and these digital technologies are following and in some cases surpassing Moores Law. If you wait until tomorrow to start acquiring more valuable skills you might find yourself on the unemployment line.