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Career considerations in this new age of AI
September 01, 2023
Careers and AI
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Another milestone birthdayI reached another milestone in August, my 60th birthday. It was "just" thirty years ago when I wrote out 100 life goals. Inspired by listening to motivational speakers on cassette tapes (now pod casts) and my Karate Sensei, I wrote out a diverse list of 100 things that I planned to achieve in my life time, along with my wife Kathy. Thirty years later, we've achieved most (but not all) of them. One of them was to write a book, which became the inspiration for the 100GoalsClub website and then this monthly newsletter.
I consider 10 year birthday milestones to be a MAJOR EVENTS, worthy of reflecting on your life and your goals. If you haven't yet committed to a formal list of goals and you are approaching a milestone birthday, then use that as added motivation to get them written!
One of my birthday goals was to have my old band Dorian Wild perform a gig at a local establishment (we performed regularly from 1987 - 1993). We only perform for special occasions now. Attached is a photo captured with me smiling, as I continued to do all night long! Happy time! It was great having my friends and family at the event see that you're never too old to play some good Classic Rock music!
Unfortunately, my other milestone activity scheduled for my actual birthday, skydiving, is being rescheduled due to bad weather. Apparently it is no fun jumping through the rain and in low cloud cover! So more on this later.
I feel fortunate to reach the age of 60 with good health, great friends and family, retired from my 30 year career as a Bids and Proposals Manager, with the ability to enjoy life and travel the world with my wife Kathy.
I hope that through this newsletter and the 100GoalsClub.com website that you are able to set and achieve life goals that contribute to a fulfilling and purposeful life for you too.
Quotes on career development and AI"Choosing a career that embraces AI is not about competing with machines, but about collaborating with them to achieve new heights of innovation." - Fei-Fei Li
"In a world driven by AI, a good career choice isn't just about what you can do, but how well you can adapt and guide what AI can do." - Sundar Pichai
"The future belongs to those who can harness the power of AI and infuse it with human creativity and empathy in their chosen careers." - Kai-Fu Lee
"Selecting a career that embraces AI is like selecting a canvas for your masterpiece; the technology provides the colors, but you're the artist shaping the vision." - Andrew Ng
"AI is the compass guiding us into the future of work. To choose a career embracing AI is to set sail on a course of constant learning and growth." - Ginni Rometty
"A good career choice in the age of AI involves focusing on what makes us uniquely human: critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and the ability to ask the right questions." - Reid Hoffman
"The smartest career move is to ally with AI, leveraging its analytical prowess to amplify your decision-making and drive innovation." - Brad Smith
"Embrace AI in your career not as a replacement for your skills, but as a partner that empowers you to tackle challenges on a grander scale." - Jensen Huang
"The career paths that thrive alongside AI are those that prioritize adaptability, curiosity, and a commitment to lifelong learning." - Reshma Saujani
These quotes emphasize the relationship between humans and AI in shaping the future of work. Embracing AI doesn't mean replacing human skills, but rather enhancing and expanding them in new ways.
Will your career be impacted by AI?Hopefully by now you are well aware that the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (know in short as "AI") will be profound. It is important that you consider what you will need to do to stay relevant in your career, as AI starts to transform how your work gets done. There will be few careers that won't be impacted. If it hasn't happened yet, it will this decade and likely on an exponential curve (it will start slow and them ramp quickly.
START CONSIDERING THE IMPACTS NOW AND START PREPARING.
Much of this section about Careers and AI was written by AI, based upon strategically phrased requests which I fed into "Chat GPT". Even I can be replaced . . . Good thing I'm retired!
**NAVIGATING THE AI REVOLUTION: ADAPTING CAREERS FOR THE FUTURE**
"The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has ushered in a new era of technological advancements, transforming industries and reshaping the landscape of employment. While AI brings about unprecedented opportunities, it also poses challenges for certain careers that are more susceptible to automation and digital disruption. As we stand at this crossroads, understanding the careers most likely to be impacted by AI and proactively adopting strategies to thrive in the face of change is paramount.
**VULNERABLE CAREERS IN THE AGE OF AI**
Several careers are at a higher risk of being impacted by AI-driven automation. These careers often involve routine, repetitive tasks that can be easily replicated by algorithms. Jobs in sectors such as manufacturing, data entry, and customer service are particularly vulnerable. Traditional clerical roles, assembly line jobs, and basic data analysis tasks are susceptible to being automated, resulting in a significant shift in employment dynamics.
Furthermore, industries like transportation, logistics, and even some aspects of healthcare could face disruptions due to self-driving vehicles, smart warehouses, and diagnostic AI systems. While AI is not limited to these sectors, it's the nature of the tasks involved that determine vulnerability.
**STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS IN THE AI ERA**
As AI reshapes industries, individuals must take proactive steps to adapt their careers and remain competitive. Here are some strategies to consider:
1. **Upskilling and Reskilling**: Continuous learning is crucial in an AI-driven world. Individuals should focus on acquiring skills that complement AI, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and emotional intelligence. Online courses, workshops, and certifications can help bridge skill gaps and enhance one's employability.
2. **Embrace Creativity and Innovation**: AI can handle routine tasks, but it lacks the human touch of creativity and innovation. Careers that involve complex decision-making, design, ideation, and strategy formulation will remain in demand. By cultivating a creative mindset, individuals can bring unique value to their roles.
3. **Human-Machine Collaboration**: Rather than viewing AI as a threat, consider it a tool for collaboration. Industries that involve human-AI partnerships, such as medical diagnostics or financial analysis, can lead to enhanced productivity and outcomes.
4. **Focus on Lifelong Learning**: The rapid pace of technological change means that skills become obsolete quickly. Commit to lifelong learning and stay updated with industry trends to remain relevant and competitive.
5. **Interdisciplinary Skills**: Combining skills from different domains can create unique career paths that are less susceptible to automation. For instance, combining data analysis with domain knowledge in healthcare can lead to roles that require both technical and human expertise.
6. **Entrepreneurship and Innovation**: Creating your own niche in the AI landscape by developing AI-powered products, services, or solutions can lead to impactful and fulfilling career paths.
7. **Soft Skills Enhancement**: Skills such as communication, empathy, and teamwork are difficult to replicate for AI. Developing these soft skills can make you an invaluable asset in any career context.
In conclusion, the impact of AI on careers is undeniable, but it's not a one-sided equation of job displacement. AI also brings forth opportunities and innovations. By embracing change and preparing for the evolving job market, you can position yourself for success in the age of AI. The key lies in cultivating skills that complement AI capabilities, staying agile in the face of change, and seeking out ways to innovate and contribute uniquely in an increasingly automated world. It's not just about adapting to AI; it's about harnessing its power to amplify your potential."
Some AI recommended careers!Here are ten career options that are less likely to be replaced by AI in the next decade and can be suitable for new graduates.
1. Registered Nurse: The healthcare industry relies heavily on human empathy and complex decision-making, making nursing a secure career choice.
2. Software Developer: While AI can assist in coding, software development requires creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills that are hard to automate completely.
3. Data Analyst/Scientist: Although AI is used for data analysis, human experts are needed to interpret results, design experiments, and make strategic decisions based on data.
4. Cybersecurity Analyst: Protecting digital assets and networks requires constant adaptation to new threats, making this field resistant to automation.
5. Psychologist or Counselor: Human emotional intelligence and understanding are central to these professions, which are challenging for AI to replicate.
6. Marketing Manager: Marketing involves creativity, understanding human behavior, and adapting strategies to evolving consumer trends.
7. Human Resources Manager: HR professionals deal with sensitive employee matters and require interpersonal skills that AI cannot replace.
8. Teacher/Instructor: Education is highly dependent on human interaction, and teaching involves adapting to different student needs.
9. Physical Therapist: The physical touch and personalized care provided by physical therapists are difficult for AI to replicate.
10. Environmental Scientist: Analyzing complex environmental issues, conducting fieldwork, and making policy recommendations are tasks that require human expertise.
DON'T WORRY if the career you are currently in or are considering isn't listed above. These ones were top of mind within Chat GPT and is by no means all inclusive!
Other careers which I believe will be less immune to the impacts of AI include the construction trades like carpenters, plumbers and electricians. Careers in Law Enforcement and Sales are also quite viable. It should be quite some time before physically demanding jobs and jobs involving exceptional customer relationship skills are replaced by robots!
While these careers are less likely to be fully automated in the near future, they may still involve working alongside AI tools and technologies. Continuously upgrading your skills and staying adaptable is essential in any career.
Before you make an important career decision like one of these above, make sure you do your due diligence and above all, be prepared to be flexible and adaptive to the latest needs of the market place.
Go to the 100 Goals Club website Career Section and embrace the 10 recommended life goals. These are just as applicable as ever, even this new world with AI!
51 - Do a career assessment
52 - Get an education
53 - Find or develop your passion
54 - Join a professional association
55 - Be a good employee
56 - Be a good leader
57 - Be an expert in something
58 - Become an authority figure
59 - Be your own boss
60 - Create multiple income sources
What's on your Bucket List?As I approached my 60th birthday, Kathy and I discussed our "bucket list" things we'd like to do, building upon our 100 Life Goals. All of these listed things below are associated with one of the 100 Life Goals. It's easier at this stage of our life to keep a "bucket list" of things we want to do. Since most of our goals have been accomplished, this Bucket List is an extension of things we still want to do! For you, if you haven't built or completed many of your Life Goals yet, this kind of list should be used during your brainstorming time when creating your Life Goals.
In no particular order, here is the list we came up with. When we complete our life goal setting annually (to be completed before January 1 of each year), we will pull from this Bucket List things we specifically want to accomplish that year.
- Fly solo in a Jetson Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) vehicle / aircraft
- Visit all cities/countries on the Stamp (check out. . . https://www.100goalsclub.com/travel-the-world.html to see what this is about)
- Record an original song (include Family vocals)
- Complete Canadaopoly Reference my site https://www.100goalsclub.com/travel-goals-in-your-country.html for the inspiration with this goal
- Buy the next generation Tesla Roadster
- Bench press my own weight
- Relearn my Goju Ryu Katas up to Black belt.
- Exotic car adventure - 5 hour tour to Port Dover with lunch at David’s.
- Join a go carting club
- Go to Apollo Theatre NY (inspired watching 2021 Grammies)
- Drive our Tesla Model 3 around a race track
- Eat lunch at every waterfront restaurant from Hamilton to Toronto
- Stay at every waterfront hotel on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie
- Rent an RV and drive across Canada (West), electric if possible
- Stay at WanderIn Resort in Prince Edward County
- Streetscape Nelson Ave.
- Sleep in a submarine overnight
- Take a flight in a Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum airplane
- Visit Ashford Castle, Ireland. Recommended by author of top 1000 places to see before you die, in her top 7 list.
- Attend a Jimmy Kimmel show
- Attend an American idol show
- Go White Water Rafting Ottawa River
- Stay at the to be built “Guitar Hotel” in Las Vegas Attend a Chris Stapleton Concert
- Stay in an Air BNB in a yacht
- Attend the Eurovision talent competition
- Take a Sea plane adventure - Alaska?
- Tour a musical instrument / amplifier factory
- Visit Croatia
- Take a European River Cruise (i.e. Scenic or Emerald or Viking)
- See / stay in a house boat in the Scarborough bluffs
- Watch a Space X rocket take off in person
We will continue to add to this list as we come up with new ideas. These will include a combination of "Target" and "Outrageous" goals. As such, not all these will make it to our annual goals list. It's exciting to continue to add to this list as ideas pop into mind!
What is on your goals or bucket list?? Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know!
Next newsletter . . .My next newsletter will be on October 1st, 2023 where I will discuss health and eating goals as it relates to the book I'm about to complete titled "You Can't Screw this Up", as written about in my last newsletter.
Brian Klodt founder of the 100 Goals Club
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