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Skills with Limited Life-Cycle


Jobs are nothing but products and services with a limited life-cycle.

Many skills, know-how, competencies are certainly complex but have never been as volatile as now.

Five years and $ 200 000 spent to get an MBA or to become a lawyer! After then,  you discover in a business incubator that you wasted your time and your money. Legal departments have already invested in a Watson offspring, and smart investors skip these obsolete academic titles.

The Ambiguous Shift

Half of the 20th-century jobs will be replaced in the next years by Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber-Physical Systems and Cyberbots. They are working better and faster than human brains because they do what humans can’t achieve as easily. They are learning by doing; they augment the knowledge base steadily by connecting with the others.

Half of the ten hottest jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago are already computerizable. Some of them offer even disrupting business models in their backend. Become a crowd-funder and take part at the development of an app that creates a responsive web design, whenever you want. With the new application, you get all the smart functionalities as online-shop, SEO, infographics, etc. faster, cheaper, smarter. You get more independent, performant and a by the way, a shareholder of a future million business. 

“Think positively and train for the future jobs 20!” This could be the slogan pinned on our dashboards. But among the Top Ten of the future jobs with the brightest future, there are some tasks that you wouldn’t like to do. They are not smart at all and badly paid.

The Tricky Time Machine

While political revolutions always pursue an aim, industrial revolutions don’t have any final purpose, they are work in progress. The digital revolution is accelerating the life-cycle of products, services, and skills. It reinvents itself at high-speed. That’s why the supporters of Josef Schumpeter’s creative destruction theory (1942) are wrong. The digital revolution destroys jobs faster than it creates new ones.

This accelerated change is only tricky for the working people who offer skills with a limited life-cycle. They will have to reinvent themselves too, if possible simultaneously with the changing technological environment.

The list is very long and unlimited. Everybody can check whether his job profile has a limited life-cycle or not. Nobody can say that he didn’t know about this paradigm shift. Don’t complain tomorrow, act today could be another nice slogan for reluctant mainstreamers.

It’s a challenge for low-skilled workers as well as for knowledge workers with academic levels. Knowledge without STEM and digital skills provides no longer a premium access to the labour market. The future low wage jobs that are not necessarily unskilled jobs and high wage jobs might have a limited life cycle. Data Analysts could have many reasons to stay tuned.

The New Superhuman Challenge: Train at the Speed of Change

To maintain their sustainable employability, skilled and unskilled workers will have to invest much time and some money in training for the rest of their working life that is open end. Retirement at 55 or 65 will be the privilege of some happy few.

This is the biggest challenge for many working people: training for future jobs. Who has to invest in complex and uncertain training? Workers or employers? How to train for jobs that don’t yet even exist. On-the-JobTraining requires a clear vision, creative design thinking, time and a monitoring of the ROI and ROE. Thus, many companies don’t train workers anymore.

The learning-by-doing remains the only alternative for jobs and skills with limited life-cycles. Where? Let’s be disruptive. Incubators are already the place where the young startups get their learning-by-doing input. For the working people in transition, the incubator solution could be very efficient too. Learning by sharing is a smart subtitle for Work 4.0.

 

 

 

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October 19th, 2015

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Job killer 4.0


Debates on the macroeconomic implications of the new technology divide the economists and scientists.

It´s Progress. Come On!

On the one hand, the positivists argue that until now, each industrial revolution created much more jobs than it destroyed. In the past, the industrial revolutions 1, 2, 3 enhanced always our work and lifetime. The creative destruction empowers progress. That’s their credo. But many evangelists 4.0 are also the stakeholders and keynote speakers of the industry and investors. These professional protagonists promise plenty of new smart jobs and simply hush up the speed of the 4th digital revolution. This speed is the real challenge for everybody. Even for the global players. That’s why they privilege short-term strategies. 

For Early Adopters Only

Did anyone anticipate 2001 the Google empire, the Facebook galaxy or the Second Machine Age? Did we imagine 2001 the MOOCs, Clouds, Amazon, the Google car and 3D printer? Change is coming faster than ever before, too fast for the ordinary working woman or man to adopt the new prerequisites at the speed of evolving technologies.Trapped in the daily work/life balance mess, under permanent performance pressure or lost somewhere inside the organization, there is no time left for a multi-sided learning course.  

Thus, only the new entrants on the labour market with fresh STEM and digital skills are agile enough to jump on the runaway train. The heroes of the Silicon Valley success stories are independent young men integrating the algorithm dynamic into their mindset before assimilating the office and process constraints. 

Future of AI/robotics

Too Fast, Too Complex for Human Brains

On the other hand many digital scientists and specialists like Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson, the digital entrepreneurs and experts Bill Gates and Elon Musk, researchers and economists like Michael Osborne and C.D. Frey are convinced that this 4th industrial revolution destroys much more jobs than it will create. The transition will not be soft and simultaneous. Except a small minority, the 21st-century workers are totally unprepared for the upcoming challenges. 

Job killer at Work

Wherever you work, there will come one day a smart Millenial inventing a software that competes what you are doing. With efficient SEO technics, Startups are filtering all activity sectorsAfter the manufacturing jobs already killed, office and service jobs at large scale are particularly profitable for automation and everything that can be automated will be automatedTheir next disrupting app will probably convince the global investors and convert your job in an automated process. Many of us are in contact with these new automated processes. We are ordering our food and drinks on our iPads, appreciate Uber, the virtual receptionist and the 24/h Amazon delivery. But most of us ignore the deep impact on the local and global labour market.

The Brave New Labour Market

Smart machines “manufacture” intelligent things in smart factories. Drones and cyber bots handle, transport and deliver them just in time and on demand. This is not the future; this is now. Of course, there is still some need for human intelligence, as long as it can´t be replaced by AI. Software designers, developers, data architects, big data analysts provide the creativity and innovative thinking that the global investors and the local companies need in order to generate new profits. 

And the others? Nurses, dentists, surgeons, plumbers, electricians and even CEO´s are still “wanted”. But what about the million of skilled or unskilled workers without any STEM and digital competency? Smarter software is doing their work faster, cheaper, better and 24/7 whether they are wearing white or blue collars and, anyway, the 21st-century collar will be a huddie. 

Breaking Free from the Educational Factories

The 21st technology is likely to reshape labour markets in the long run and to reallocate the types of skills that the workers of tomorrow will need. It´s the last chance for our educational system to break free from the 19th-century educational factories and to fulfil at least its primary mission: Preparing the upcoming generation for the future challenges. The future is unpredictable. Right. But there are some trends. Is there any institution in old Europe offering a curriculum for these jobs 2020?

 

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September 30th, 2015

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The Smarter Business Solution for SME: Coworking


Working in a VUCA-World requires flexibility, mobility and agility. By 2020, 80% of knowledge workers will telecommute or rotate between their SOHO, a Coworking Space and perhaps the headquarter, if in the meantime the headquarter didn’t became virtual.

New coworking spaces are providing this informel responsive work organization that reduces costs and offers a permenant look over the personal dashboard. Beyond the new spatial organization, coworking requires a paradigm shift in the way, time, presence and content are measured. But this is another chapter that has to be written and permanently refreshed by the employers and their coworkers, regardless their status: Freelancer, contractor, temporary project manager.

Coworking - Shared Spaces
Source: MBACentral.org

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August 21st, 2015

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Smarter Working 4.0


Just an infograph before you dive into The Race Aainst the Machine written by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Don’t run, the race is already lost.  The smart machines become part of every knowledge workers environment.Familiarize with their efficiency.

They are interactive, proactive and highly reactive. They are also highly efficient. 24/7 workers without any burn out.

How susceptible is your job to computerisation? If you want to get a reliable answer, just read this Oxford-Study. It’s not so compelling as this flushy infograph, but this great analysis provides a lot of hard facts about our Smarter Working 4.0. Your best coworker will be HAL or RD-D2. Stay tuned.

 

What If Machines Ruled the World?

by Lenovo.

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July 26th, 2015

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Just Another Added Value


 

Economic Value Crowdfunding

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July 26th, 2015

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Skills Nobody Knew 2010


Who are these Data Scientists, Social Media Interns or Community Manager? Where did they learn all these new skills?

Certainly not at School or during a MBA somewhere in Europe. The jobs of the future don’t figure on any academic curriculum. They don’t existe yet, neither in our heads nor in reality. We have to keep on learning by doing, adapting our mindset to new technologies that we don’t not really understand. But we perceived the necessity to dive into the flow.
That’s working in a VUCA World. Only some early adopters or smart life long learners will be there when companies suddenly discover the urgent needs.

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July 2nd, 2015

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