My organisation is on a drive to upgrade and introduce technology in the way that we work. The management team keeping saying it will help us be more efficient and success, but they are not talking about the people. I’m concerned that technology will take over my job. What can I do to get ahead of this change? Simon
Dear Simon, the world of work has changed and there is no running away from technology.
However, you need to remember technology still needs the human interface and interaction.
In your case, I would not panic but rather think how you’re going to make yourself relevant with the technology.
My advice is to be inquisitive and curious ask the questions what is the technology, how does it work, if there is a need for human interaction / interface, what are those skills that one needs to have in order to operate / work the new technology.
You need to re-skill yourself if your organisation is not doing it for you.
Once you have determined the skills required to fit with the technology, you may want to conduct a self-skills inventory.
What skills do you have that will make you relevant and purposeful with this coming change? When you assess the gaps between what’s required vs what you have, start thinking about what you need to do to acquire the necessary skills. Where can these skills be acquired, how much does it cost, how quickly do you need the skills?
All these questions need to be answered so you’re in a better place mentally and technically.
You will be surprised at how you’re newly acquired knowledge/ skill will not only address your current situation but it could also position and make you attractive to other employers and opportunities.
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