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Artificial Intelligence: Is Your Job at Risk?

Technology has been shaping and changing our society in ways we have never seen before.

As the various advancements in technology are being incorporated into the workplace at an alarming rate in recent years, in many cases they’re actually drastically changing the way we work.

Over the past 11 years working as a recruiter, I have seen some of these changes unfold first-hand.

From video interviews rapidly growing in popularity – instead of talking to you a person, you’re just recording a video in response to a written prompt – to automated rejection emails that don’t provide you with any feedback.

Recruitment is changing quickly - but so are a lot of other industries.

In recent years, technology has become a huge part of our lives – so much so that people actually seem to be forgetting that there’s a whole other element to life outside of social media and technology; the human element.

Many people are actually forgetting how to interact with other people – it’s as if they’re slowly losing that ‘human’ part of themselves. 

They don’t know how to network or how to speak with another person (let alone a group of people) in a professional manner.

Some people don’t even know how to just strike up a conversation with somebody new.

We’re slowly losing the ability to engage with one another
en-masse – and this is actually one of the biggest issues that clients come to me with. 

It’s at the point now that it has become a pandemic of sorts, and it has serious implications:

Aside from the obvious dangers, like social interaction actually being necessary to maintain a healthy mental state – our human nature is actually the only thing that will stand the test of time against the ever-growing wave of Artificial Intelligence coming to take our jobs.

It has been very interesting watching all of this unfold.

These important skills, like networking, influence, and effective communication, have been dwindling over the past few years – and something really needs to be done about this.

Soft skills are often called personal attributes, and they are even more important than having technical skills.

Employers hire based on attitude, more than skills. This is because skills can be taught – but attitude is drastically harder to change.

Building these soft skills is absolutely critical – not only as a student in order to increase your chances of getting into a good graduate role – but also at the mid to senior levels.

Technical skills, like using software, being able to analyse data, or write compelling copy?

No.

The higher up you go, the focus on soft skills, or personal attributes, increases. Things like leadership, management, and influence, become your bread and butter. 

But you can’t just tell someone you’re a critical thinker or strategic thinker, or team player. You need to tell a story that will showcase your value.

The technological revolution has given us many things – advanced computer programs, useful hardware, and entertainment, all available at our fingertips. 

However, this technology is not without its faults, and we are now at risk of becoming more disconnected from each other than ever before. 

In order to combat this, you need to really start focusing on mastering your soft skills or growing your personal attributes, because your soft skills are something that cannot be made redundant by technology and Artificial Intelligence.

Until next time,

Thai Ngo

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