As you all know, there's a lot of talk about how many jobs that are well on their way to be eliminated due to artificial intelligence. There's no secret that millions of jobs are going to be eliminated due to robotics entering the workplace to increase efficiency and accuracy. Advancements in technology are not necessarily a bad thing, but it's something that you should be aware of, especially if your job can be automated.
How do we analyze if your job is at risk of being outsourced or replaced by artificial intelligence? You can ask yourself a series of questions.
Can a software application or robot handle any skills of the current job that I'm working?
It is a straight forward question, can a software or a robot handle any aspect or your current job? And if so, how much? 25%, 50%, 75% of your job role entails? For example, for an accountant, a lot of those tasks can be automated through technology, so you want to ask yourself, how much of my job can be eliminated through artificial intelligence?
Of these skillset that cannot be outsourced due to artificial intelligence, how much of that will equate to a full time job or part time jobs?
Essentially after you do an inventory of all your skills, you need to be able to assess what is left over, is that enough to justify a full time or part time job? Artificial intelligence will come in and automate positions where there can be automation, however, artificial intelligence will never replace the human interaction. Soft skills like communication, critical thinking, conversations, negotiations, these are all important skills or what we refer to as soft skills and these skills cannot be replaced through automation or through a robot. Regardless of what your position is, whether you're an accountant or you're a paralegal, we do know a lot of these jobs can be automated through artificial intelligence, but it doesn't mean that you can't pick up additional skills within that job to help you remain in your position.
For example, if you're an accountant, you can pick up skills like negotiation and bargaining, these are soft skills that a robot cannot do. A robot is not going to sit in the boardroom and negotiate, right? This is something that requires human interaction. Things like when you have a upset customer, a robot can't necessarily de-escalate a situation that requires a conversation. So I really want you to take a moment to think deeply about where can I increase my soft skills within my current role. That may mean taking some leadership courses, negotiation courses, up-skilling or more.
My message is: Artificial intelligence, it's here and it's here to stay, but you do not have to be a casualty of that movement. You can decide right now to up-skill and re-skill. So do an assessment of your current position, write to me below in the comments. I wanna know what your thoughts on A.I are, so indicate your comments below, let me know if you have any questions as it pertains to what some of the things that you can do within your current role to re-skill or up-skill. And I'll be talking to you guys during my next video and blog.
- Constance Moonzwe, ITH Staffing COO
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