Artificial Intelligence is coming – are you robot-proof?

Artificial Intelligence- ah yes, the big bad wolf that’s coming to get our jobs. We’ve all heard about the robots of the future and how it’ll be machines doing everything one day, but there’s more to it than that. Sure, robots can do a lot, and it’s important to understand them, but there’s also a lot they can’t do.

How does this relate to job finding, I hear you ask? Well. If you have a skill that is unique to humanity, you are much more likely to have a future-proof job than someone who doesn’t.

This also means that tasks that are quite difficult for us are more likely to still be available as jobs in the future, as it’s much harder to programme a robot to do them. Pushing a button on a cash register is very easy, for example. Robot like, almost!

Providing great, personable customer service is harder, however. There are many characteristics and skills that despite what you might read, robots simply don’t have yet.

Special human skills include:

  • Creativity.

    For many of us, this has been drilled in by teachers and parents. Be creative! Don’t be a robot!  What does this mean, though? Being creative really means thinking outside of the box and goes hand in hand with imagination.

    For work purposes, it could mean deciding to throw a unique spin on your project, writing with flare, being able to draw never seen before logos or singing. When was the last time you heard a robot sing? That’s what I thought. 
  • Empathy.

    Yes, robots are clever creatures, but they will always lack empathy. Being able to truly understand other people and their problems is a unique human experience.

    Jobs in counselling, teaching and caregiving are probably going to stay human-led for a while yet. Take time to be kind to people. It could just give you a boost in the future, 
  • Fitness and physical skills.

    Somehow watching a rugby game of robots seems much less interesting than a game with human players. If you are lucky enough to be gifted with sporting talent, you can breathe out. You’re robot-proof.
  • Problem solving.

    While robots are fantastic at coming up with quick programmed solutions to simple problems, they struggle with complicated situations. Figuring out climate change, for example, is unlikely to be solved by a robot.
  • Technology knowledge.

    If we have all these robots, who’s going to create them, keep them healthy and make sure they’re updated?

    If there’s one way to stay in the game, it’s making yourself a player. Robots can’t run without people who know what they’re doing.

So, where does this leave us?

If you take anything away, let it be this- don’t panic. If you have one or more of the skills listed above or are keen on developing them, you’re well on the way to having a successful, robot-proof job in the future. Congratulations!

By Pritha, October 2018