We’ve watched the world around change completely, as technology has advanced more rapidly than ever imagined. Things that seemed like far-fetched science fiction even 10 years ago are becoming our reality. Personal technology takes care of so many tasks for us, giving us the time to focus on the unexplored. Technology has changed the way we educate, socialize and work. But when things advance so quickly, the world may have a hard time catching up.
Advances in recent technology have rendered some professions obsolete and given quite a few others a run for their money. A lot of tasks that people have been completing for centuries are being done digitally, for less money and with more accurate results. Making an effort to be innovative and stay up to date on new advancements in technology will make your personal life easier, and your professional life more secure.
Professions Affected by Technology
New gadgets and apps have made many forms of entertainment almost disappear. Bookstores are rapidly downsizing as people opt to buy books on their tablets instead, a more efficient and eco-friendly way to read. Newspapers and magazines struggle to sell copies because most people scan the morning news on their smartphone or laptop for free. Movie rentals are nearly a thing of the past, replaced by HBO and Netflix. The music industry has struggled to catch up to the amount of illegal piracy that goes on, and while many people still buy digital copies of their favorite albums, the compact disc is soon becoming a thing of the past. As people, we’ve quickly adapted to the convenient and easier ways to read, watch and listen. However, the industries built around entertainment over many decades have struggled to maintain relevancy.
Some industries have shown that we don’t have to compete with machines for jobs; we can work with them. Though countless websites make it easy to plan our own vacations, travel agents can offer us deals and discounts we can’t get on our own. Local farmers can’t compete with corporate prices, but they offer us authentically organic produce we can’t get everywhere else. Librarians aren’t just shelving books. They’re granting computer access, aiding with research, running book clubs and much more.
Staying Relevant with Technology
Picking a career
As if college students need another factor in deciding on a major, right? But with an economy that still hasn’t completely recovered, it’s important to consider what industries will have a job waiting for you when you graduate. When you’re writing down your talents, interests and goals, make another column for job fields that are always in demand (like nursing) or are rapidly growing (like IT). If you have your heart set on one career, consider where it’s going and how it will adapt to new technology.
Running a business
If you’re a business owner or you have a leadership role, being aware of upcoming technological advances is important. Stay innovative and updated. Notice what other successful companies are doing with new technology and how it could improve your productivity, sales or customer satisfaction. Lastly, think about how the product or service you offer fits into our everyday lives, and what technology could potentially jeopardize that.
Staying on your toes
No matter what your job is, everybody should make a sincere effort to stay up to date on what technology is out and have a basic understanding of how to use it. It can be frustrating to those of us who are technologically challenged, but it pays off in the long run. The more you know about technology, the easier your life will be and more appealing you are to future employers.
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