Hi Sophie, It's great that you are thinking about the future and how to prepare for it. I currently am implementing automation within Verizon. We are using software to replace the manual effort of people, allowing them to focus on activities and decisions that are more valuable than mechanically moving data around. Machines are very good at doing things people are not and people are very good at doing things machines cannot do well. While this balance of capabilities is continually changing, there will always be a role for people in the production of value. As new technologies replace jobs, generally new jobs are created. As in the industrial revolution, engineers became important to the factory that replaced craftsman, professional managers replaced company founders as organizations became larger and expansive. Then there were the role in transportation, truck drivers to deliver the goods that were no longer produced locally.
This will be true with automation in offices. Many of the people who previously performed the work being automated are the people programming the bots performing that work. Some things you can do to help ensure you can thrive in a future job market are:
- Never stop learning, continue to have that spark of interest in how the world is changing and what the impacts may be.
- You'll be working for a long time, so it's important that you develop skills that are marketable as well as a career that sparks your passion and something you can do well. You'll be spending a lot of time working over your life, it helps to spend that time doing something that interests you. You'll be that much more authentic and successful when you internal motivations drive your pursuit in a job.
- Be willing to get uncomfortable in the things you do, when it feels uncomfortable, it's probably an area where you will benefit from growth.