3d render of a humanoid robot.
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According to the World Economic Forum, we can expect 5.1 million jobs to be lost to robotics and artificial intelligence by 2020. Think about your current job. What aspects of your job could a robot do? (Do you really want to be doing this part of your job, anyway?) How will your job change, or will it even be around in 2020?


The Fourth Industrial Revolution

It’s clear that we’re going through a time of unprecedented rapid change in the workplace, what the World Economic Forum calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How rapid are these changes? Students who begin a university program in fields with good job prospects today may see changes in their fields by the time they’re at the end of their undergraduate programs. For a prediction of jobs that will experience growth and decline in the next couple of years, refer to 8 jobs every company will be hiring for by 2020 by Cadie Thompson.


Good News

In an article titled 5 million jobs to be lost by 2020, Alex Gray reports on the top 10 skills that you’ll need to improve your employability. (Hint: if you’re creative, or a good problem solver, there is a place for you and others in the future world of work). Fortunately, many of the skills on this list can’t be executed by robots, at least not yet.

How many of these skills do you have in your repertoire? What are you doing to build the skills you still want to acquire? Tweet us at @QueensProS to let us know how you’re preparing for changes in your field.


Further Reading

The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution by the World Economic Forum

The Paradox of Worry About Job-Taking Robots in an Environment of Labor Shortages by Joshua Kim at Inside Higher Ed