These Are The Top Career Skills You Need For An AI Future
With layoffs at some of the biggest (and presumed to be the most secure) tech companies and talk of jobs being lost to automation looming, you could be mistaken for thinking the tech hiring landscape is in a precarious position.
In fact, the World Economic Forum has even gone as far as predicting that AI will replace 83 million global jobs by 2027.
However, when you dig a little deeper, it quickly becomes apparent that tech isn’t as unstable as the headlines make out, and AI isn’t necessarily coming for your job.
Instead, advances in generative AI are infiltrating every industry, not just tech, to help with productivity and efficiency, and as a result workers need to adapt and react accordingly by keeping their skills up to date.
Upskilling is key
Additional data from the World Economic Forum shows that 50% of workers will need to re-skill in the next two years to secure their place in a dynamic job market.
And while tech skills like Python and data management are undoubtedly important, soft skills, or in other words, the attributes machines have yet to master, will become increasingly crucial for employees and employers alike.
Separate research compiled by Deloitte predicts that soft skill-intensive jobs will make up almost two-thirds of all jobs by 2030 and a separate study has pinpointed that teamwork and collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking along with communication are the most important soft skills in the workplace.
Additionally, leadership and social influence along with resilience and flexibility are also included on the WEF’s list.
Putting a plan in place
If you already work for a large or medium-sized organization, learning and development might be available to you via your employer. Companies such as Google, Microsoft and Salesforce are already working to address the skills gap by investing in their employees via on-site upskilling.
And if your employer hasn’t made provisions for learning and development on-site, explore if there is a budget to facilitate an external course, completed as part of your day-to-day responsibilities.
However, if you can’t tap into existing resources, online courses from the likes of Coursera and Udemy that can be completed out of working hours are a great alternative—and frequently free—option.
The good news is that if you’re thinking of switching roles or looking for new ways to futureproof your career, the TechWire Asia Job Board is the perfect place to start your search.
It features thousands of opportunities in companies that are currently hiring, like the three below.
Program Analyst, Executive Search, Walgreens, Deerfield
As the Program Analyst for Executive Search, you will provide comprehensive programmatic support to executive search partners throughout the end-to-end recruiting processes, will help design, implement, and continuously improve talent acquisition processes, policies, and procedures, ensuring compliance with legal and ethical standards. Plus you will track and analyze executive search data, collaborating with TA analytics to identify trends, gaps, and generate ad-hoc reports to support department initiatives, objectives, and strategies. You’ll need a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years’ experience in administering projects or programs, as well as experience in a high volume, fast paced work environment and working with multiple and shifting priorities. View more details here.
Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Specialist, Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean
As an Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Specialist you will design and implement effective AI solution architectures using the approaches of various AI technologies and methods to address business development needs, while complying with the company’s strategies and business goals. You will develop and contribute functional knowledge, technical expertise, and working industry knowledge to solutions for a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity and will need experience with AI disciplines, including systems implementation and products pertaining to big data and analytics. See the full job description here.
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Engineer, SAIC, Point Mugu NAWC
SAIC is looking for an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) Engineer who will develop, research, and apply analytic models and deep learning, to datasets in a variety of domains, including computer vision, natural language processing, or time series analysis and provide future solutions/resolutions for the established Electronic Warfare Data System (EWDS) mission. Applicants should have experience with coding and programming languages and working with ML libraries and frameworks. Get more information here.
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