PREPARE FOR A HIGH-SKILL JOB – OR NONE
WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU
The move toward machines has always cost jobs. When cars were invented, everyone associated with the industries that used horses lost their jobs: horse breeders, bridle and saddle makers, farriers (‘horseshoers’), buggy makers, and an entire fashion industry built around horses as transportation. But as cars replaced horses, other jobs were created – for mechanics, machinists, operators, and drivers. Workers losing jobs could ‘pivot’ and modify their skills to the available new jobs.
History is about to repeat itself. Almost.
In what some experts are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technologies will again wipe out thousands of jobs, and possibly much of the middle class, as people lose their source of income. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will do many tasks that workers do now. Computers are cheaper than humans. A business may buy a computer and pay quite a bit of money, but after that, computers don’t require paychecks, vacations, or healthcare. Low-skill jobs will be at risk as employers seek to cut costs to remain competitive.
Until the day that consumers are willing to spend double the amount to buy a product made by human hands versus a cheaper product of equal or better quality made by a robot, the trend toward ‘machines as workers’ will continue.
Absolutely no one knows what the long-term impact of these changes will be. So, what should you do?
- Work very hard in high school to prepare yourself for success in this new world. READ, READ, READ. Find out what you can do to better ensure you will survive and thrive in the new world of work that will define your generation. Success in education AFTER high school, whatever your definition of that may be, will be dependent on your success IN high school now.
- Before you pick a field of study or a career, READ, READ, READ. Learn as much as you can about job security in the coming workplace displacements before you pick a major in college or select a training program in the trades.
- Find out how computers will revolutionize the fields that interest you. READ, READ, READ. Learn as much as you can about predicted growth in various fields. For example, artists who want to be painters should also go for training in CGI (Computer Generated Imagery). Whatever it is that interests you, learn as much as you can about computers and complex machines used in that field and how they might change or displace your future job.
CHOOSING A CAREER THAT WILL LAST TROUGH THE AI DISPLACEMENT WILL DEFINITELY MAKE YOU A RAINMAKER.
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE IT RAIN!
Start now to learn, practice, and apply the skills you will need to earn your future success.
Participate in the Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program in your school.