Developing in-demand skills needed for the future of work will benefit from looking back at a familiar technology trend and apply it to career trends.
In 2007, a shiny new object—the iPhone smartphone—surprised the world and forever changed the way we live and work.
Mesmerizing device interaction and stunning colorful screens replaced boring traditional touch-keys.
When you evolve with a trend that gradually displaces common behaviors, you scarcely remember life before that time.
Experiences like communicating to people in person or talking on the phone simply vanish over time. The handy little extension of your brain in your back pocket becomes part of you.
Companies who ignored the smartphone trend are now a shadow of their former existence. As examples, think Nokia, Motorola, or Blackberry.
And now, we are witnessing a changing of the guard in the indispensable device category.
Futurists say smartphones will be replaced by other devices. The new category includes eyeglasses that use augmented reality and smart wearables (earbuds and smartwatches) to manage the next stage of our lives.
According to futurist Amy Webb, the next generation of the Internet of Things (IoT) will evolve. It includes sensors in billions of objects and articles of clothing will impact our daily behaviors. Even more than smartphones.
Yet how do you spot trends in your industry or your workplace to prevent loss of marketshare or your own demise?
As a guest on tastytrade’s Bootstrapping in America this week, I spoke with host Kristi Ross about the opportunities for paying attention to signals and trends in the workplace. Influenced by the work of Amy Webb, we discussed the perils of ignoring these signs in a studio interview.
Organizations and individuals alike need to hone their trend observation skills. It is the first step toward taking action.
And then you must adapt to them, acting on the new developments in front of you.
To better illustrate how this works, let’s take a look at some current trends with big implications for organizations and the workforce:
Here is how one organization is responding to the above trends as automation is implemented in their operations. Amazon is offering 100,000 workers tech training.
While many of these workers are presently working in the warehouse, other staff also have access to the learning and development programs.
As the automation trend accelerates with the installation of robotics and artificial intelligence capabilities, Amazon employees will reskill and upskill. They will prepare for roles like software engineering, data analytics, and IT management.
Students will learn from company-designed training at Machine Learning University, Amazon Web Services, and Amazon Technical Academy. There are options with certificates and diplomas.
These skills may be used to advance within Amazon or for another organization.
Beyond the example at Amazon, there will are hybrid roles for the cobots, where people collaborate with robots to accomplish the work.
There are numerous examples, including where surgeons currently conduct robot-assisted surgeries.
In summary, here are three things you can do now to increase your value for the future of work:
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