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The rate of unemployment due to automation keeps increasing and there is no way of eradicating it. Is getting a higher degree the only way to get a job in the near future ?

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Monica’s Answer

Hi Akua, I agree with much of what was said above! There will many job opportunities in the future, both for people with higher education degrees and trade certifications. While automation has changed the job landscape today, I don't believe there will be fewer jobs in the future. I believe there will be more!


Automation has most strongly impacted manufacturing & industrial type jobs. Jobs that are likely to be repetitive in nature. However, as those jobs go away, new jobs around data analysis, or developing the automation or machine learning capabilities arise!


It depends much more on what you're interested in and what kind of job you want. Once you identify that, you can learn what the best way to get those jobs are, and follow that path. Hope that helps!

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Katie’s Answer

No, I don't think that getting a higher degree is the only way to get a job in the near future. There are lots of folks working in the trades, so if school isn't your thing then that is another area to look into. In my area there were technical high schools that taught a trade. I don't think there are many of these left, but you could look into those. The other thing that I've always told people is that there will always be a need for plumbers, electricians, welders, etc. Those are great jobs that pay a great wage. Most have unions that look out for the employees as well. If you aren't sure that you want to get a higher degree try a trade first. You can always go onto college later if you find that you want to. You should also check out your local community college. Many times they offer a lot of classes in non-traditional career paths, so that might help you figure out what will work for your future.

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Jamie’s Answer

Become a life long learner.  Process automation isn't going away.  Automating away the boring tasks allows us all to work on higher value work that is more fun and allows companies to invest in other areas that will more than likely allow us to expand our skills sets.   Higher degree not needed, but you do need to have a love for learning and ability to download a tool and practice using within your job.  As shared above, trades could be a wonderful career if that type of work interests you.    Good Luck!

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Julian’s Answer

Like most things in Life, history has the answer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luddite

If someone has found a way to automate what you were thinking of doing, and people buy the newly-automated product, it means people didn't value the human component that was present in that job....at least, most people didn't. In many cases, you'll still be able to find people who value the human component to the job and will pay you to do it manually, but realize it will involve a more niche, curated career path than those before who showed up at a factory, got a job, worked for 30 years at it, and retired happily.
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Lai’s Answer

I don't agree that getting a higher degree is the only way to secure a job. I would say the most important tip is to understand the market demand and work on it. I believe that jack of all trades is better than master of one. It is risky for one to only have one skill even he or she is very expertise on that. Try to explore different field of knowledge because one of them could be your life turning point.
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Michel’s Answer

As someone who works in automation, I do not believe you need to get a higher degree. Automation is definitely eradicating some jobs, but is rather eradicating the repetitive, robotic jobs. Giving people the chance to do cognitive jobs, jobs that need intuition and emotion and feelings. Jobs that give you a chance to think and be creative. You do not need to get a higher degree, but you need to keep an open mind and keep learning !
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prakash’s Answer

automation is like our habit system, it is an effective way to solve recurring needs in our life. in business, automation is key to bring consistency at scale and remove subjective element. i recognize that many have concerns that automation will eliminate jobs, to the contrary it creates net new jobs. wherever we are in our career, we should be open to acquire new skills. the key for us is to recognize this and be willing to learn and grow. we are never done with learning in life. gone were the days where we could do the same job 8 to 5 until we retire. if we do not invest in ourselves, the job will go to the ones that does. opportunities are democratized by internet more than ever.
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