What the labour market of the future will look like
"New technology solves problems, but it also creates new ones" Benjamin Pring, director of the Future of Work and co-author of "What to do when machines do everything"
How many of our traditional jobs will be lost in the coming years due to machines is a major topic of discussion. While some estimates assume that half of all jobs in the western world will disappear by 2030, other experts assume a loss of 10%.
What has to be taken into account is that not only will jobs be replaced by machines and robots, but new jobs will also be created. While machines replace people in repetitive tasks, people are needed to take care of the robots. Maintenance, repairs and further development of machines are becoming more important than ever before. These tasks involve an intricate mix of dexterity, innovative spirit and analytical skills.
At the same time, completely new professions are emerging. For example, who would have thought a few years ago that blockchain experts would be in demand nowadays? Or how great the demand for IT experts, in particular AI experts is?
The world of work is changing and will continue to change. This makes it all the more important not to focus on extremely specialised expert skills, but on social, meta and personal skills that will always be relevant and important. Take a look here if you would like to continue your education in the field!