Are robots coming for your job?? Possibly. According to a survey done by JobVite in 2016, 39% of job seekers are somewhat or very concerned about job obsolescence due to technology and automation. Should you be worried? If you're a cashier, accountant or loan officer, then yes, the robots are already coming for you. Have you heard of AmazonGo? Physical stores with no staff! The world really is changing before our eyes.
The truth is, the world is changing and the job landscape is certainly changing with it. If you'd like to play a little game, check this out: willrobotstakemyjob.com. It's fun but a huge time suck, so don't stay there too long.If you'd like some good news, here are some jobs that are considered safe from a robot takeover. Social workers, artists/designers and emergency responders are a few. These types of jobs are considered safe for now, due to the degree of creativity or unpredictability that they involve.So what does this mean for you?What it doesn't mean is that everyone in those vulnerable positions should be worrying about immediate, mass job loss. The change is happening but you have time to get ahead of it. Adaptability is one of the most critical skills that you can have. As a career coach, my advice is this: diversify. Get new skills. Don't put all your eggs in one basket (i.e. one job or company). Follow your curiosity and begin exploring new industries now, before you really need to.People are naturally complex and have more than one skill or area of interest to begin with. The average person changes careers 2-3 times over their lifetime. I've changed twice already and I'm only in my mid-thirties!You might be asking yourself right now, "What else am I good at?" If so, contact me and we'll take inventory of your skills and potential career paths. I conduct career assessments on clients every week and they are terrific for showing your true potential and suggesting possible career paths.Soon you'll be saying, "Robots got nothing on me!"