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How can technology affect your career in the future?

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John’s Answer

Over the course of the next 20 years, I would expect technology to continue to make major advancements Denise.

Technology is constantly advancing at a breakneck pace. Things that mystified us 20 years ago seem commonplace and mundane by today's standards. It follows, then, that to the people of 2040 (assuming, of course, that the Zombie Apocalypse doesn't destroy human civilization), the things they take for granted everyday would be downright magical to us. Some of the biggest advancements in technology over the next two decades will be with exist technology, we're just waiting for the right scientist or entrepreneur to come along and change the world. Technologies like...

SELF DRIVING VEHICLES – Government transportation safety agencies from several different countries are currently evaluating the concept of driverless automobiles and how best to prepare individuals who have spent their whole lives driving to give up control to a computer. This one's definitely coming, maybe sooner rather than later. Their added safety features will surpass the skills of any human driver. Sensors are always active, and they will never fall asleep at the wheel or get distracted by text messages. The number of traffic accidents and collisions will drop dramatically, and the population will begin to understand that the human element is mostly at fault for tragedies on the road. Self-driving cars will shape the world as we know it by bringing us into a safer future. A human behind the wheel will become optional or even a novelty bred out of nostalgia and the simple enjoyment of driving.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – We've been promised robots, both the helpful and murderous kinds, for the better part of the last century. For the most part, progress has been slow, but that's mostly because the technology required to build these SYBORG miracles has lagged somewhat. In the next two decades, the fields of artificial intelligence and mechanical engineering will improve considerably and, slowly but surely, our robot servants will finally become a reality. However, the potential is undeniable, and most will have to come to terms that robotics will play a major role in our future. We might have to welcome the dawn of the age of robots and accept their existence. And it’s all due to their ever-increasing efficiency, precision, and ability to mimic certain human functions. Robotics will become a solution that will increase productivity and costs, even though it will endanger the jobs of hundreds of thousands of people. It’s a reality we will have to accept.

NANO-ROBOTICS – Are still largely in the research and development phase. Given its absolute precision and tremendous potential, nanotechnology will be one of the most significant technologies that will change the world for the better. Numerous industries will be affected, including computing, engineering, medicine, and several others. In a matter of decades, the technology will be perfected and reach a point of becoming an absolute necessity. Issues such as neurosurgery and gene therapy, for example, will be revolutionized, and the population will reap the benefits.

3D PRINTING – 3D printing isn't new. In fact, it's been around since the 1980s. Digital manufacturing will witness a major change in the coming years. The innovations in 3D printing will bring a completely different outlook on our everyday lives and manufacturing processes. The materials will be cheaper, and the customization will be capable of going deeper. Powered metal or plastic will become the common “ingredient”, just as ink cartridges become for the outdated printer years ago. The new and improved 3D printers will have exceptional capabilities of making anything from jewelry to clothes. Many households have one of these elegant devices in their homes now. However, the true use will be experienced in manufacturing medical devices and implants, as well as components that could benefit from the materials. From something as simple as a cast used for broken bones to a piece of hardware, 3D printing will be there to create it. In fact, by 2030, it will have a significant role in industrial factories.

If history has taught us anything, it is that predicting the future will forever remain an art form as opposed to a precise science. The world is evolving rapidly and constantly, with trends coming and going in a matter of years. Within the last few decades, technology has taken the lead and become the fastest growing industry in the world. In fact, it has advanced more in the past couple of decades than it has in centuries before, and there is no sign of it slowing down.

That has made it unpredictable and exciting at the same time. And while we cannot know where it’s going and what innovating ideas brilliants minds will come up with, we can analyze current data and existing technologies. Among them are a few that will take root and continue shaping the future of our world.
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Charmaine’s Answer

Technology can affect your career in multiple ways - both good and bad!

If we just look at the present, whether you're employed by an employer, or self-employed (running your own business), using some form of technology is extremely important for doing research, building your product/service, and then attracting customers. That's the great part about digital tools, which can be understood in two big categories: Software and Hardware. You probably used a piece of hardware to post this question on Career Village (like a computer or phone). Even traditional forms of technology can be understood as a car, for example, that enable people to find and work at jobs farther away from where they live. Software are programs and networks that exist, like the Internet that allow any employee or businessperson to connect with others across space and time.

With this form of software technology, we've seen some jobs grow, and also disappear. Jobs that have grown include the software engineers and digital designers who create the interfaces that you see and use on the Internet, for example. Jobs that have appeared entirely because of the internet include social media optimization, which is a big area now focused on using data to make websites more attractive and viewed online. Jobs also disappear because technology created an easier, faster or better way to obtain information. For example, you can now read the news via the internet and much fewer people in the world order paper-based newspapers. Paper press typesetters, operators and copy boys are jobs that have decreased in great amounts since the 1990s.

Now for the future, technology continues to change our job landscape. I'm not sure what you might be interested in, in terms of your career, but you might be keen to find out the types of jobs that could not be performed solely by technology. What determines if a job can be performed by technology or robots, for example? A simple way to understand it is by predictability. If the outputs of the work you are doing is entirely predictable, for example - every Monday I deliver 3 bottles of milk to Mrs Smith living at Mason Street. That is something that a robot could do. However, if I was working in a milk production company and my job was to create new flavors for the milk, or design the milk cartons based on my research and understanding what milk-drinkers enjoy, this is unlikely to be a job that can be predicted and will be unlikely to disappear because of technology. In fact, there are many jobs and industries you can consider working in during your career that require creativity and adapting to unpredictable changes, which will be difficult for technology to do entirely. Do check out the next steps and I hope this is helpful!

Charmaine recommends the following next steps:

Check out jobs or industries that are projected to be the fastest growing in the next 2-3 years
Understand the basics of artificial intelligence and automation via robots (Google is a good place to start)
Talk to a career counselor/teacher/mentor at your school about jobs you might be interested in
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Ryan’s Answer

Hi Denise!

This is a broad question, so I'll do my best to answer it based how I think about how I think about technology and my career over the next 5-20 years.

As technology advances, the demand for many existing jobs will decrease as they become automated & demand for jobs that currently don't exist will increase as new technologies emerge. This makes it important to build soft skills that are transferable between roles, rather than just technical skills. While technical skills are often industry or even role specific, interpersonal skills are much more transferable between roles and industries.

When I was a student, I was hyper-focused on building technical skills because that's what was required by the job listings I was interested in to be be eligible for the role. Now that I'm in my first role out of college, I actually am not using many of the technical skills that I developed when I was in college.

What I've realized since joining the work force is that while technical skills are often required to get your foot in the door, its the soft-skills like communication, project management, and consensus-building that are going to make the most difference in terms of how much impact you can create. In addition to helping you make a larger impact, building strong interpersonal skills will also make you more resilient to any large changes in the types of jobs available caused by technological advances.

Hope this helps!

-Ryan
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Clarissa’s Answer

Technology has revolutionized how we work over the past few decades, so a lot can change over a short amount of time. Currently though, one major change we are seeing is the ability to work from home. With laptops and secure networks it seems that many corporate jobs can easily be done from home. This could change how the workplace looks in the next few years with a more hybrid set up coming into play. This could mean people start working some days each week from home or small companies giving up their workplace entirely.
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Estelle’s Answer

I use computers every day for electronic medical records and to communicate with other providers. In addition, new technological devices have revolutionized many surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgery is making surgery safer and easier. Finally, technology is advancing the field of radiology so that imaging techniques help every other field of medicine.
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Sendil’s Answer

Emerging technologies, such as industrial robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, are advancing at a rapid pace. These developments can improve the speed, quality, and cost of goods and services, but they also displace large numbers of workers.

we need to think about how to deliver benefits to displaced workers. If automation makes jobs less secure in the future, there needs to be a way to deliver benefits outside of employment
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Sendil’s Answer

Emerging technologies, such as industrial robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, are advancing at a rapid pace. These developments can improve the speed, quality, and cost of goods and services, but they also displace large numbers of workers.

we need to think about how to deliver benefits to displaced workers. If automation makes jobs less secure in the future, there needs to be a way to deliver benefits outside of employment
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Rohit’s Answer

In my view, technology is likely to have three big effects on the labour market in coming years. First, it will probably continue, as it has done in recent decades, to boost the productivity and the incomes of those with the highest skills levels: top software engineers or financiers, for example. Increasingly, technology will also be able to act as a substitute for lots of work: to displace workers in both blue collar and white collar fields. That means that a growing share of employment will come in jobs that are much harder to automate. That includes technical fields like plumbing as well as "artisanal" sorts of jobs, from chef to personal shopper. Those sorts of work probably will probably provide only modest incomes to all but the lucky few who count the very rich as clients.
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Monica’s Answer

With the recent changes in 2020 and COVID, a lot of jobs that are still ongoing are working remotely today. So some basic knowledge of using computers, software, and other soft skills with technology can really put you ahead for any focus you decide to pursue in your career.
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Christina’s Answer

Hope you are doing well! I work for a public accounting firm, as an assurance associate. In my profession, technology is enabling us to become more efficient. Tedious tasks that might have taken hours if done manually are being performed in the matter of seconds. This is enabling us to focus more of our time on the human element- areas of our testing where interpretation or cumulative audit knowledge might be needed. Hope this helps.
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E’s Answer

Denise,
You have already gotten some very good answers but try googling for "fourth industrial revolution" to understand how technology may transform how we all work and what we do in future.

E recommends the following next steps:

Read: https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2018/12/what-is-the-fourth-industrial-revolution-4IR.html
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Munjal’s Answer

Technology influence in any stream of work or business is no more a "if" question but a "when" question.
Technology has evolved significantly in last half century and we do not see or behave the way we used to many years back.
Today we are well informed, we can search for any small or big things of the world and in finger tips we get answers in seconds. Technology evolution has impacted the world very positively.

Regardless of your stream of interest or business, it is imperative to keep up with the latest and greatest invention in the area of business you belong. This will render great opportunity for effectivity of the job, productivity and efficacy.
It is also important to continuously gather knowledge, attain certification and gather subject matter expertise otherwise there is a risk of getting yourself behind the curve and become irrelevant.
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Bowen’s Answer

Technology is shaping future job market. There will be winners and losers. Jobs that can be easily automated will slowly go away. Jobs that requires human interaction and creativity will stay. And it will be best that you can be part of the technology workforce that changes the job market. So artificial intelligence, nano technologies, bio-technologies, Internet technologies are all good areas.
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