"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr
|What direction to go?|
- Factories were created in the 18th c.
- The age of mass production was ushered in the 20th c.
- Now we see manufacturing going digital, this is considered by many to be the third industrial revolution.
I recently read an article in the Courier mail Qweekend November 12-13 2016. that postulated that about half of the jobs that exist today will no longer be in existence in 20 years due to automation. Jan Owen, CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians is quoted in the article as saying the question for young people today is no longer 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' but 'What kind of opportunities do you want to create?" Which really sounds like a meme rather than actual guidance for today's youth. But I guess the general idea is that today's workers need to have a more entrepreneurial take on managing their work life. I don't say career as many people in the workforce are not career orientated. They just want a job to pay for the things they need to pay for.
However those of us who are in the work force now and who will continue to need to earn an income for some time to come, might want to take note that the era of automation rolls on and it is changing the face of industry. The taxi industry wasn't prepared for the effect of the entry of Uber drivers into their market. One wonders if the Uber drivers are prepared for the advent of driverless vehicles. Anyway it may be worth all workers today to think about the opportunities we want to create that might provide us with incomes.
If anyone has any ideas on that score, please let me know, I am all ears.