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A Robot Will NOT Take Your Job

No no and no.

  • Robots are NOT taking your jobs.
  • You will NOT spend your life scrambling for 17 jobs in 5 careers.
  • Millenials are NOT more focused on meaningful work than baby boomers.

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The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is keen to reduce anxiety by debunking these myths.

On their Making Sense of Career Research webinar they debunked three myths.

Robots are NOT Taking Your Jobs

Bad news travels fast and there is reason to be fearful. There are not many chimney sweeps around… even chimneys are disappearing!!Chimney Sweep canva (2017_09_18 00_22_14 UTC)

But jobs are NOT disappearing. Since the introduction of IT across industries, the amount of work has actually increased.

Machines haven’t REDUCED housework

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Our behaviour will change because of the machines. Before we had washing machines doing washing was hard, and time consuming. Not it is easy, but still time consuming because we wash our clothes more often.

Houses are cleaner, food is more interesting, we stay awake longer.

Machines have changed the way we live, and there are lots of jobs in our new way of living.

Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace ALL Workers

If a some sauce is spilt on the floor at McDonalds, it takes a person a second to wipe it up. That task would take very sophisticated AI and it would be slower and more expensive than a human.

The same with self driving vehicles. It takes a lot of AI to account for every possible accident. It is more likely that technology will make us better drivers by helping us to park without crashing, showing us which route to take, or warning us when we are about to run out of fuel.

Where will the jobs be?

  • The Naked Scientist podcast Life in the Year 2100 talks about all the jobs required to create sustainable futures and build smart cities with intelligent buildings. They claim gardeners will be more important as green space makes people physically and mentally healthier.

Future of Work

  • The Future is Human is an optimistic report with lots of practical recommendations for future success. You can see a Press Club presentation on the report by Deloitte economics Chris Richardson, HERE.

You will NOT have 17 jobs in 5 careers

Since 2000 Australian’s have stayed in jobs longer.  We used to stay in jobs for 3 years and now we stay for 4.

It is likely that you will stay in a job for a shorter time at the start of your career, as you work at McDonalds or travel overseas, then stay longer as you go through your career.

On the Making Sense of Research CDAA webinar Jason Brown gave this explanation of how absurd it would be to try to totally change careers and start learning from scratch again.

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You can relax. In 2000 we stayed in jobs for about 3 years, now we stay in jobs for about 4 years.

Millenials are NOT more focused on meaningful work than baby boomers

I was pleased to hear this. I have always sought meaningful work and I’m a baby boomer. Claims that young people are more focused on finding meaningful work than me, seemed to be dismissing my life’s work.

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In COVID-19 and careers: On the futility of generational explanations, Cort W. Rudolph, and Hannes Zacher say:

It is common to broadly group people of different ages into “generations” and to speak of distinctions between such groups in terms of “generational differences.” The problem with this practice, is that there exists no credible scientific evidence that (a) generations exist, (b) that people can be reliably classified into generational groups, and (c) that there are demonstrable differences between such groups.

We have already noted an emerging generationalized rhetoric that has characterized how people of different ages have been affected by and reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. …..We urge researchers to eschew the notion of generations and generational differences and consider alternative lifespan development theoretical frameworks that better capture age-graded processes.

Thanks to career professionals 

It is great to have professionals from the CDAA debunking myths that make us feel bad.

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Big Day In Cancelled – What do I do now??

The biggest IT day for schools each year is the Big Day In which was to be held at UWA this year. Students often get their career inspiration from this brilliant industry showcase day.  

Big Day In

We have just got word through that it has been cancelled for 2020.

Unfortunately, the BiG Day In Perth event at University of Western Australia on 14 May 2020 has been postponed / cancelled after recent directives from both WA Health, WA Department of Education and the Australian Government.

We’re very sad to not be able to run the BiG Day In Perth this year as scheduled, however, we’ll be back bigger and better in 2021 and hope to see you then!  We are looking at some possible other alternatives such as online delivery and will get back to you if those plans seem feasible.

Any queries regarding cancellations etc, please contact me at kerrie.bisaro@acsfoundation.com.au and I’ll get back to you in due course.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see you in Perth next year.

So do THIS

If you want to find out more about careers in IT all is not lost.

Australian Computer SocietyContact the WA branch of the Australian Computer Society. It is the peak organisation for all things IT in Western Australia. Tell them you wanted to go to the Big Day In, which they support, and ask how you can find out more about the industry.

They are lovely people and love to help students, so make yourself known.

WITWA

Women in Technology WA supports women who are interested in careers in IT. WITWA holds events throughout the year to let girls know what is possible.

They are all volunteers who commit their time to helping girls and women to succeed in IT.

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HackEd is a government program designed to support school students to explore what is possible through hacking data across different platforms to add value. Brilliant.

You could check that out for this year. It will probably be all done online.

lauging emoji(There would be nothing better than bringing together all of the career resources that are available to students in WA!!! )

 

 

Incite

For some real excitement check out the Incite Awards. These are the Awards for the breakthrough IT innovations in Western Australia. Winners go on to the national awards.

It is just great to see the exciting IT work that is being done in WA.

When you know who the cool people are you can target them as mentors!!!

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