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Never Stop Learning

By April 8, 2020 January 18th, 2021 No Comments

Think about it just 2 decades ago, before the internet era, there was a time, when starting your career meant joining a company, either public or private – usually at the entry level, and then working your way up through experience gained on the job. There are many examples of those who have gone from the shop-floor to become CEOs of their companies. One didn’t really bother with what a colleague in another department or another part of the world was doing unless your work required it. Most of the people did well and achieved excellence in what they did over a period of 20 or 30 years.
Now, we are in two decades into the 21st Century, and we live in an extremely inter-connected ecosystem. New technologies and applications are constantly changing the way we interact with the world and with others.
Machine Learning, Customer Experience, Social Media, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing and multiple other terms have come into our common daily usage over the last 20 years or so. Some of the companies and jobs that we commonly talk about today, did not even exist some years ago!
In this dynamic and constantly changing environment, we cannot ignore the developments around us. Technology is becoming all-pervasive and impacting various job environments.
While not everyone is required to be a software developer, it is imperative that everyone understands these technological developments. This gives them a good idea of how their work will be impacted and how technology can be leveraged to better their work.
Let’s look at some of the critical reasons why you should never stop learning:
Jobs and job roles as we know it are changing.
The job landscape as we know it is being shaped by the trends and technological advancements that are happening on a continual basis. Tasks which are monotonous or inherently risky, are being done by Robots; e-Commerce companies are looking to use drones for delivering products to end-customers; Voice dictation software makes the job of a typist redundant; Self-driving vehicles are expected to reduce the rate of accidents, doing away with the need for human drivers; and there are many more such examples.
In the past, companies relied on Business Intelligence (BI) Professionals to make sense of the data being generated. With the massive volume of data that most large organizations are generating today, you need more than just one person looking at the data. You would need a Big Data Analyst to understand the data. A Business Intelligence Analyst to understand help make business decisions, a Data Science Analyst to predict future trends, etc.
Changing technology impacts the nature of jobs.
Advances in technology – especially Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, are playing a dominant role in transforming the work scenario as this article reports. All of us have interacted with a Customer Service Representative (CSR) at some point. This role has already been transformed by the introduction of Interactive Voice Response (IVR) which handle most of the routine queries. Now we see Chatbots interacting with visitors on a website and answering many of the basic questions.
Sundar Pichai – CEO Google, demonstrated how Google’s AI Assistant can actually ring up a salon or a restaurant to make an appointment for you! This part of a personal secretary’s job can be handled by an AI Assistant.
As organizations adopt new technology to keep up, you will need to adapt in order to stay relevant. The key to this is to leverage the technology or tool and use it effectively in your work and in the process help your organization achieve its goals.
Be ready for a new job or career.
Differentiation! In marketing and economics, this is a key process that sets a product or service apart from hundreds of other similar products or services.
It is important that we demonstrate some quality or expertise or skill that differentiates us from others in our field. It is not necessary for the skill to be currently required by your organization. It could be an area that your company may get into in the future, or it may be a skill that can get you a new job with another organization.
I am reminded of an experience in the late 90s at one of my earlier organizations. This was the time when Java Programming Language had just been introduced and was becoming popular, but our organization did not have any projects in Java. When the Delivery Head inquired with the managers, there was only one person who had prior knowledge of Java. This distinctly set him apart from the others and he went on to manage the first Java project for the organization.
Source: This article has been compiled from various sources from google for the benefit of the students

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