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Searching for the Jobs of the Future

Saturday 2 December 2017

Facing the apparent onslaught of automation, what jobs might survive, what might emerge?

Some of the analysis of this article seems a bit 'old school' imo and I think it's an error to suggest that automation couldn't apply to management, when a significant proportion of management functions are 'rote' and non expansive (meaning that they are coordination of job tasks rather than seeking potential opportunities).

The thought that lawyers can't be replaced ignores completely the fact that new software already makes law clerks redundant, that much of the grunt work being done by 1st & 2nd year legal types can now be automated meaning nothing for them to do and hence, no need for them!

And what's missing is the indicators of what jobs WILL be required - especially the new ones. However the idea that we're going to move all our outplaced manufacturing people into 'health services' or 'programming' is laughable. I've spoken a fair bit about what jobs I think will emerge - too many seem to ignore that part of the picture. Homo-Sapiens Continuity Researchers; Geo-Engineering specialist; Bio-Mimicry Designers; Transgenerational Engagement Coordinators...

Still, nice to have McKinsey playing catch-up with this article


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