Employability Mantras For This Decade And Next : Setting The Right Foundation
Employability in next decade will undergo a significant change. With most of the jobs that can be automated finding their way to the machines, the availability of basic repetitive jobs will shrink. From farming to high technology work, machines will give tough fight to humans for right value. It does not mean that we will see the world being replaced by machines. The right balance between humans and machines will always be maintained forced by the rules of social economy. The way we look at our jobs today will undergo change and will be governed by few facts that we tend to ignore today:
- A literate will be someone who is relevant to the needs of business for that time and rest everyone else will be termed as business illiterate. Such illiterate will have not only to keep learning to remain relevant but also keep competing with cheaper and younger workforce, not only in their own locality but globally.
- Learning and unlearning and then relearning back quickly to be relevant to the business would be the basic need for everyone in the industry.
- Anything that is repetitive in nature will be a potential for getting automated.
- Value and not cost will matter most as the employees globally will be measured on their value to the business. This will essentially mean that the potential to earn for any individual will change over the life cycle of their career, going up or down based on the value they generate.
- Geographical location of executing business processes will get further eased. While a century back, people moved to the work location, today it is work that can be moved to the location of people. This in future will be even more flexible where individual across geographies will work as virtual teams and offices unless governmental regulations come in the way in doing that.
The only thing that can never be copied by machines automated is the attitude of individuals. This is where the foundation of every successful person lies. The coming decade and beyond will hold riches and success for all those who have the right attitude of flexibility and understanding how to enhance the value would find far more opportunities than what available today. Such attitude building unfortunately is neither taught in our families nor school and colleges. Without the right attitude, the outcome of even best education gets impacted significantly.
The second foundation building block is the art of communication that would help individuals and companies across the world to communicate with each other and drive outcome faster and better. Poor communication and not the means of communication costs businesses billions in form of delayed projects, attrition, failed businesses and litigation.
All those who can succeed in building these two basic foundation building blocks, the next decade belongs to them.