You’ve heard the trends.
Data is exploding. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are advancing rapidly. We are entering a round of technology disruption that’s shifting the way we think about tech both in direction and acceleration. This is great for the development of the industry, but the average recruiter is probably wondering if they’re going to end up on the curb instead of in the cubicle.
In fairness, change incites fear. Now all the talk is about people who are afraid that they are being replaced by robots. I’m not going to start preaching the end of times (mostly because I think it’s not true) but we both know this. Most industries are in the middle of a major transformation – a transformation that is leading to inevitable disruption, as automation becomes the standard and is incorporated into new business models.
In the past, machines have been able to replace labor that was simply repetitive – but with today’s rapidly growing technology, AI and machine learning are in fact able to work their way into fields that require human minds rather than just muscle.
So, how do we survive?
- You must adapt, grow, and change: A certain amount of adaptation, growth, and change is necessary. Work isn’t necessarily vanishing, it’s just changing. Recruiters must be ready to change and adapt their process, preparing to take on new jobs in other fields where they are needed. What matters now is your willingness to adapt when necessary. Don’t fall victim to what many refer to as the “echo chamber” by being unaware of the changes around you and being unwilling to learn new things. Embrace it. Tackle it head-on. There is not any way around change – you can only work towards getting through it.
- You need to be willing to unlearn and learn again: You must be willing to unlearn and relearn skills for new fields. Change course on the fly. Even though starting from scratch and learning a new skill or tech can be daunting, it is incredibly necessary. Put in the time and effort, identify resources that will work for you, and then get to “doing” as quickly as possible.
- Ditch the fear of failure: As simple of a concept as this is, it may be difficult to do. While all of the above risks may be scary, it’s important to remember that being static is the only way to guarantee failure. While you may feel like you don’t have the time to grow or change, you have to. It’s not just about surviving, it’s also about thriving.
- Work with the machines, not against them: Instead of thinking of machines as a way to automate jobs that already exist (and, you know, stealing your jobs), recognize that technology can really add value. Use machines to your benefit rather than working against them or viewing them as your enemy.
- Remember: machines can never truly replace humans: It’s important to remember that there will always be work that only humans can do. There is hope: machines are not creative and do not have strong interpersonal skills or emotions. That’s where humans come in. While machines are capable of doing STEM, humans are needed to add context, create interest and bring the passion, judgment, and intuition to the world that only humans can (for now).
During technology disruption, the role humans play is not to be forgotten or ignored – it’s vital to survival.