However, ensuring automation makes you irreplaceable, as opposed to replaceable, does require you to plan ahead and be proactive on both a professional and business level.Here are five ways you can ensure that you will still have a job as we enter the new age of automation.
1. Be proactive and know your industryBusinesses today are faced with the constant pressure of having to adapt to the evolving technological landscape, or risk falling behind the competition. The situation for employees is no different and just sitting back and seeing what happens will not be the way to ensure your job is safe. By taking a proactive approach, you can look to educate yourself about how automation is impacting your industry and how it will continue to do so in the future. Reading business and technology publications can be a good starting point, so you can identify what you need to do to make your role fit within the bigger picture.
2. Embrace the changeAccording to a recent study by PwC, a third of existing British jobs are at risk of being taken over by robotics within 15 years, with the most at risk industries being waste management, transportation and manufacturing. However, the report demonstrated how automation will not lead to greater unemployment. Certainly, job roles will change, but automation will actually create new jobs. Like we have witnessed throughout history, those who embrace the change and approach uncertainty with a positive outlook are often those who succeed.
The first step is changing your perception of robotics as an enemy to a friend.
3. Develop skill sets for the futureIt is clear that automation will not have the same impact across every industry and on every role. However, there are a number of skills that will always be hard to automate, and the demand for these skills will only increase as automation continues to sweep across businesses. In a recent survey by LinkedIn, it was revealed that 57 per cent of business leaders believe soft skills are the most important qualities they look for in new employees. Skills such as leadership, effective communication and collaboration will win over any employer and by improving and refining these attributes, you will have a CV that will stand out amongst the rest.
4. Be flexible and keep up-to-date with the latest technological advancementsAutomation is still a very new technology and it is likely that your organisation will experience both the ups and downs as it is rolled out across various functions. The more knowledgeable you are with what challenges and opportunities others are experiencing – from a professional and business perspective – the more you will be able to adapt and make automation work for you, rather than against.
As automation becomes an integral part of the success of a company, it’s important for business leaders and workers alike to become part of the change and understand the opportunities it can bring.
5. Become an automation expertOnce you have a better understanding of automation and have started developing the skills you need to excel at a professional level, the next step is to make this known to your employer. By asking the right questions and by sharing your knowledge, this demonstrates leadership and the senior team will see you as an indispensable part of the organisation as they put automation strategies into place. Neil Kinson is the chief of staff at Redwood Software.
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