Why is it now Time for Machines to Replace Certain Jobs?

The world of careers and work is changing rapidly. The idea that we spend the first 20 years of life training for a job that we will do until we retire is far behind us. As society changes, old occupations disappear, and new ones emerge. The skills we learn during our time in formal education are likely to be out-of-date before we get to the second or third of the twelve jobs that we might be expected to have in our working lifetime, according to a recent Bureau of Labour Statistics study.

At the same time, machines are becoming increasingly capable of carrying out complex jobs that require thought, rather than just the heavy lifting that they’ve been helping with since the first industrial revolution. Stir the “great resignation” into the mix and the drastic changes to the employment landscape brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, and it becomes clear that the scale of transformation that the workplace is going through is unlike anything we’ve seen before in our lifetimes.

So how are organisations reacting to this? And, just as importantly, how do we as individuals need to prepare and perhaps rethink our approach to work and employment in order not to simply keep our heads above water but thrive in this "new normal"?

Click here to read the complete article at Forbes.

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