Stay on top of tech to safeguard career - Michelle Gibbings, Change Meridian

Tech is changing the way employers think about future staff requirements and roles. Robots may replace us if we don’t adapt and change!

I was interviewed recently about the need to stay on top of technology in order to safeguard your career – you can read the full article in the Newslocal Career section here.

Technology is changing the way employers think about future staff requirements and roles.

It is just a matter of time before we see more jobs replaced by robots, says leadership and career expert Michelle Gibbings.

The evidence of this shift is already visible in the creation of new jobs and titles, including cognitive computer experts, digital storytellers, drone operators, and technologists.

“As businesses innovate, roles will disappear and new ones will be created,” Gibbings says.

As the founder of Change Meridian and author of Step Up – How to build your influence at work, she says it’s important to future-proof our careers.

To do that, we need to develop our social interactions, creative problem solving skills and resilience to adapt to a constantly changing workplace.

“In a world experiencing exponential change, it’s impossible to future proof your job, but you can future proof your career, and there are deliberate steps to ensure that, as the workplace evolves, you do too,” Gibbings says. Here are her tips for workers:

Embrace change: Artificial intelligence, quantum computing and what the World Economic Forum is calling the fourth industrial revolution means we are experiencing change at an unprecedented rate. Work out what these changes mean for you, your profession and industry. That way you’re better placed to determine what actions to take.

Know your value proposition: Everyone brings certain skills to the work they do. It is essential to clearly articulate that value and how you can help an organisation achieve its objectives.

Find your learning edge: Continued career success requires a constant desire to learn so you stay relevant in your profession. Take yourself outside your comfort zone to learn new ways of working, experiment with different concepts and explore emerging ideas.

Networking: Not just to land a new job, but to identify roles available. Meeting new people will also help expand your mindset in terms of what is possible, how things are changing and opportunities.

Manage expectations: Expectations can drive you to seek new challenges and try new things. But they can also box you in and confine your career choices. Being willing to seek your own career path, rather than follow the expectations of others, is a key element to making progressive career decisions.

Don’t ask – don’t get: If you are interested in progressing and moving into different roles, make sure the relevant people know.