I was surfing the net today and came across this story:
The article goes on to say this increase is greater than other industrial nations like Britain, Germany and Japan, with finance, hospitality, food service, transportation and storage being affected most.
Fifteen years may seem like a long time away, but in reality that is sooner than we realize, especially when you think about the tremendous impact this will have on our society.
If these changes do occur, where will people work as an alternative? Are people being prepared for the change in the workplace climate? We’re already seeing the affects of automation in retail. Stores like Macy’s Sports Authority, Sears and J.C. Penny are closing outlets across the country. Read more about that HERE.
No one truly knows what will happen. Some say the automation will bring more job opportunities, such as a demand for workers to who maintain the new technology. Others say legislation will prevent the use of robots in many industries so the impact won’t be as severe.
Whatever the case may be, we must acknowledge that the work environment could be changing drastically in the near future. There’s no guarantee that your job or industry won’t be affected.
It’s important to be aware of all trends and how to ensure you can survive in this new climate. It’s also wise to think not only about yourself, but your children: How will this affect them in 15 years?
The article also made this important note: according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, “it’s taken jobs that are low-paying. We need to make sure we are investing in education and training for the American worker.”
The time to start preparing for the future is now, and one way to do this is by starting your own business. Instead of sitting back and waiting on something to happen or hoping someone invests in your education, identify ways to increase your value.
One way is to determine potential employment opportunities in the new world of automation. Another option is to consider starting your own business.
I’m a big proponent on starting your own business. The key is to find something you enjoy and determine how to effectively make money doing so. Not everyone will have the skills needed (or desire) to work with the new technology that’s coming. Others will quickly their skills will become outdated and they may be on the outside looking in.
Whatever a person decides to do, it will take time, and NOW is the time to start preparing. It’s for reasons like this that I wrote my book (along with Jeffrey White) Readi Set Go – A Simple Guide to Establishing a Successful Small Business.
Once upon a time, a person was guaranteed a job working in a factory they could retire from and collect a nice pension. Today, a person risks getting laid off or changing jobs every 5 years. Starting the right business can help alleviate these uncertainties.
Pick up a copy of my book HERE on paperback or Kindle. The world is changing quickly. 38% of jobs lost will affect millions of workers and their families. Don’t be left behind. Will you be readi?