There’s been much in the news and media in recent times about how automation is damaging the workplace and the jobs’ market in Brighton and across the UK. We’re being replaced by robots and soon we’re all going to be out of work. If you are in marketing, for example, you’ll know that new AI tech can actually perform certain tasks just as well as a human beings, including customer service jobs. The truth is that many of the jobs that exist today will not be here in 20 years. If that sounds frightening, we’ve actually got some good news.
If you were around in the 70s, there were plenty of jobs which we don’t have today. Milkmen used to deliver door to door, for instance. One of the memorable things about the culture at that time was the early morning clink of bottles and the whirr of the milk cart as you got your delivery. Nowadays we get our milk from the corner shop or the supermarket. There used to be typing pools, areas where rows of people typed out correspondence, invoices and other office work. The secretary, at least in the old fashioned sense, has also become a thing of the past. Head further back in time, and there used to be knocker uppers who would go round the streets waking people up for work. Where are they now? Replaced by the alarm clock. Switchboard operators would be on hand to connect your call. Factories were full of men and women putting together the components to make cars, fridges, and other important consumer products. A lot of these jobs are now done by machines. What may be different today is the pace at which change is taking place. The question any career minded person needs to ask is whether their skill set is going to be useful in ten or fifteen years’ time. And can they keep up with the changes?
New jobs are going to come along. That was true back in the 70s and 80s and it’s true now. Things are not as bleak as many in the media are trying to make out. The key is you need to be prepared to develop your own skills and keep up with new technology and except different ways of doing things. That may well include moving to new job opportunities where you are likely to get the support you require. We actually move from job to job more frequently now than ever before. In the past, there were ‘jobs for life’ and people hardly contemplated doing anything else. That’s no longer the case which is why many of us look to move to a new job about every three or four years on average. Long service used to be seen as a good thing – today it can be a sign of lack of ambition and motivation. The changing Brighton job market is reason enough to take time and review where you are at with your career.
These are just some of the questions you should be finding answers to.