Nothing can stop the technological revolution; it is a big wave that reaches new industries every year. Recently, all humans suffered significantly from Covid-19, as this virus changed our day-to-day. Despite the lockdown, there were many ways to live in the “new normal” and the main help, without any doubt, was the tech industry and all the developments to adapt to the problems and overcome them.
The pandemic had a strong impact on traditional jobs since the virus prevents people from working in closed and crowded spaces. With the pandemic came remote work, a practice that was only possible thanks to innovation and communication platforms. This way of working helped recover economic activity in many countries, but it also allows us to think about the following question: What will work be like in the future? For that reason, in this article, we are going to take a look at the four most surprising trends for work in the coming years.
Do you believe that robots will one day take over the world? It is a somewhat exaggerated and futuristic story, but when we review the statistics, the results are more interesting than you think. The work done by robots has a very large presence in many industries of the world. Automation is a technique in which machines perform scheduled tasks, especially repetitive ones.
But factories are not the only ones benefiting from automation. This technology has also helped marketing companies. A study by Invesp found that automation increases productivity by 14.5 percent and reduces expenses for digital marketing companies by 12 percent. In other words, these companies have made a lot of money thanks to this process by cutting down on staff.
2. Gig Workers
Is the end of full-time employment coming? The gig worker trend has been important for companies in recent years, even for companies with many years in the market. This practice is about replacing full-time workers with project-specific people on short-term contracts.
This idea benefits employers and workers. It is a trend that saves companies thousands of dollars annually and allows companies to search for talent in many parts of the world, with flexible salary proposals for both parties. This style of work is possible thanks to globalization, the growth of freelance websites, and the professional training of new workers. In this era, personal skills optimization is an indispensable tool for finding employment.
3. Digital Companies
We’ve been seeing a change in the creation of new business for several years. The reality is that new businesses are not interested in building large offices or having modern buildings; large headquarters will be a thing of the past.
The growth of digital companies is very important. In fact, this trend is not only about new companies, but also about traditional businesses, which always had physical headquarters. This represents a massive process of transformation. According to Forbes, 70 percent of companies are creating digitization strategies, and to make this possible, the total investment exceeded $2 trillion in 2019.
4. Skilled Employees
During Covid-19, many companies began to consider personnel with essential training, regardless of whether their learning comes from a university or an online course. This is one of the most important points for everyone: employers want your talent, not your title.
This is the style of work that has made bootcamps successful in the US. These short, intense courses prepare thousands of students in areas such as coding, cybersecurity, data science, app development, web design, and software development. After finishing the course, you can work in large companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, or Microsoft, since these companies value the knowledge of the employees and not the prestige of the school. This is an idea that makes us dream of a world where the Internet offers a quality education that enables many people to get good jobs.
Perhaps many see these trends and believe that it is the end of traditional work and that now robots and computers are going to replace human personnel. But instead, we must think about who will create these new technologies: humans! The conclusion of this argument is to understand that the tech industry will be the strongest market in the world and that it will offer, in the future, better salaries, benefits in quality of life, and solutions to new problems.
A special thank you to Artur Meyster for this insightful post!
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.
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