Content & Marketing Executive at This is Milk
What we learned at the 'Jobs of the future' MilkBar event, March 2018.
We are living in the 'Age of Information', a period of time that is characterised by the shift from industrial production to one based on information and computerisation (Wikipedia). Nearly all business's are digital, or at least partly digital. So as time progresses how is this computerisation impacting Business and the roles/skills of the workers?
Bringing together some of the top minds in Scottish Digital Transformation, This is Milk held the first #MilkBar of 2018 at Tontine Glasgow on the 16th of March. An event created to educate & discuss the topic 'Jobs of the Future'.
Inga Paterson (Glasgow School of Art)
In reality this did not happen, nor will any current or future technologies cause the level of destruction that we are led to believe. In actual fact, technology generally serves as a means to enhance our lives if used correctly. It saves us time. It provides us with information. Modern tech allows us to get what we need by the mere uttering of the word "Alexa". There is no need to fear technology, we survived it before, we will survive it again.
Inga also spoke about the vitality of Art & Technology in today's curriculum. A theme that was echoed throughout this #MilkBar by all speakers. We were shown examples of Music & Art created by Artificial Intelligence. Luckily it is not quite at the stage where it will totally replace the human mind. It does however act as a sober reminder that creativity is an essential skill that must be allowed to flourish in our education system if we are to stay ahead of the pace of technological advancements.
Steve Plummer (After Digital)
Think about this. If the job role of tomorrow is unknown, then how do you recruit for it? Steve's own anecdote was to think about the very first welder, how was that person recruited? It's potentially by looking back that we may learn how to recruit for tomorrow.
Again the Arts was a major topic in Steve's thoughts. Quoting Seth Godin, and promoting that you need to become a linchpin in your work, so that the shifts in technology won't be able to catch up?
A focus in the soft skills are essential. Technical skills can be taught on the job, in fact they are abundant in the marketplace, however there is an increasing lack of expertise in the soft skills such as negotiation, people skills, empathy, leadership and collaboration.
Angela Prentner-Smith (This is Milk)
A solution to the skills shortage is about working with industry to upskill existing employees in the skills that they are lacking. Doing so would allow our industry to direct change, keep up with future trends as well as future proofing jobs. Again this isn't about teaching the technical skills, it's about teaching the skills that facilitate digital projects, the jobs that the robots cannot take, where creativity and human on the ball thinking is crucial.
What we learned?
We would love if you joined our #MilkBar community, share your thoughts on this topic and hopefully make it along to an event in the near future.
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