What are the jobs of the future for our kids?

Just in 3 generations, from our grandparents to our parents and finally to our ourselves, we saw leaps and bounds in the type of jobs that employers offer and the type of employees they are thirsty for.

There is no doubt that our children will also live in an era of their own.

How do we prepare them to be ready, desirable and adaptable for the future?

Nobody knows for certain, but we could make an intelligent guess. Artificial intelligence will be booming and spreading throughout the developed countries. When the Internet was invented in 1983 and made recognisable in 1990, it changed the way the world works, forever. I would expect something as impactful and revolutionary, if not more, in the decades ahead.

How can we compete with machines?

Well, if we can’t beat them, we either create them, work alongside them or offer something that they cannot offer.

Create AI

Types of jobs that create them:

  • Computer programmers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Aerospace engineers
  • many more

Types of skills needed:

  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Forward-looking
  • Mathematics and logic

Work alongside AI

Types of jobs that work with them:

  • Almost everything and anything
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Banking & Finance
  • Sales
  • many more

Types of skills needed:

  • Computer skills
  • Management skills
  • People skills
  • Planning skills

Offer something AI cannot

Types of jobs that AI will most likely not take from you:

  • Artist
  • Singer / Songwriter
  • Author
  • Psychologists / counsellors
  • Ethical decision-makers e.g. judges
  • Consultants
  • many more

Types of skills needed:

  • People skills
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • many more

There is still hope yet. All’s not lost to AI.

But that doesn’t mean we should let things be. If you look close enough, you will realise the skills that keep coming up: creativity, innovation, people skills, etc. These are important. These need to be instilled and nurtured in our younger generations so that they have the right qualities to fit into the world of the future.

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