Those who were born in the 1980s, the generation that is now popularly referred to as the millennials are considered the most tech-savvy generation. Being born at the time wherein technology is rapidly developing, millennials today are faced with opportunities and threats as they journey into their careers during this technological revolution.
One of the present-day challenges is the rise of Artificial Intelligence or AI in the workforce. As AI continues to be utilized in some form in many aspects of businesses and our daily lives, millennials need to rise to the times and become a lot savvier than ever. It is important to have the ability to adapt to the demands of a more tech-heavy career – no matter what industry you are in.
AI is undoubtedly here to stay and to be able to move your way through any career, you will need to have the ability to keep up and to use the available technology to your advantage. Here are some points to remember if you are a millennial who want to make the presence of AI a positive thing in your career.
Be prepared to work side by side with AI.
You need to expect to work side by side with AI-empowered tools in whatever industry you plan to build your career in. Industries who are labor-intensive and service-oriented such as the manufacturing industry, retail, and even the food industry are upgrading their workflow processes with AI to expedite the delivery of their goods and services. Automated solutions such as WorkFusion’s Smart Process Automation are being used by an increasing number of companies to help improve their operations. Prepare your mindset and always be open to changes. The biggest mistake you can make is to be resistant to any new tool that you may encounter. In this tech-driven age, nothing is set in stone and if there are new and better ways to do things, welcome them.
If you want to advance, study continuously!
As you prepare your expectations with rapid changes, you also need to improve. Always be on the lookout for new opportunities to learn with AI. Constant learning is the at the core of artificial intelligence and you need to be equipped for its widespread application. Broaden your skillset by taking courses in AI development and applications if you really want to advance your career. Highly trained experts who are capable of transforming machine-learning capabilities into day-to-day operations are sure to be in high demand.
Think like a manager.
An apprehension with AI that some people have is that they would be out of a job because of it. It is undeniable that some tasks will be taken from humans and delegated to AI tools and solutions. With AI taking over repetitive and procedural tasks, the human workforce should be ready to fill up the upper rungs of the ladder. Instead of focusing on the tasks being taken over by machines, think like a manager – how can you further improve processes and operations with the help of these machines?
The key to thriving in an AI-heavy industry lies in preparation. Having the mental preparation as well as upgrading one’s skill vis a vis the demands of AI will surely guarantee success for any millennial’s career.
Author Bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at OneSEO (http://oneseo.net/blog) who lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Rana Tarakji is passionate about digital marketing, startups, helping entrepreneurs grow, and empowering them to live their dreams. She has worked as a digital marketer, a technology co-founder and business developer, and a writer.