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Embracing the Future of Work

Our world is changing, and it only seems to be changing even faster every day. Just over a decade ago, we were introduced to the smartphone – a device that now uses facial recognition to unlock itself. And about 40 years ago having a personal computer was not possible, yet today it’s unheard of if someone does not own or use a computer on a daily basis.

The development of automation from robotics to artificial technology promises a world of higher productivity, convenience, safety and streamlined efficiency. While these advances in technology have left many of us with excitement and anticipation for the future, it’s also left us with questions like what will the next decade look like and will my job still be relevant?

It’s time we start embracing and adapting to the future of work and technology and the change that will come with it. Doing so will help us learn together a few new skills for this future workforce.


Upward Learning Curve

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai said back in October, “The nature of work is fundamentally changing. And that is shifting the link between education, training, and opportunity. One-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren’t common today.”

This is a problem – a big problem to be exact. In that same conference, Pichai also announced how Google will be pledging $1 Billion to various tech nonprofits that help educate and train individuals on these crucial new job skills – skills that they may have never imagined they would be learning. And with tech startups like Uber + Lyft pushing the use of the autonomous car, one can only wonder what type of new skills these gig drivers will have to learn in order to earn a basic income.


Use Your Resources

Our best advice to you: Start learning a new skill today. No, we aren’t saying quit your current job to go back to school and get a new degree. You can learn just about any new skill just by using the web. With amazing learning resources like Lynda.com, Udemy General Assembly, YouTube, and more; there’s no excuse to get those tech-savvy skills you’ll need in order to embrace the future of work.

Even if you’re not the online learning type and prefer to be in an environment where you can learn hands-on with other students, then you may want to check out an immersion course from schools like Hack Reactor or Codeacademy. Coding schools like these help individuals learn how to code within a short period of time, and with the high demand of developers and engineers, they are sure to land a gig in no time.


Other tech platforms such as Band Of Hands can also help you embrace the future of work to become your own boss in the Gig Economy. With about 40% of the US workforce expected to be a freelancer, it’s crucial to start utilizing platforms that allow you to easily pick up jobs in your community.