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Circa 1990s, my father came home with the news of the computerization of his office. Most of the jobs will be automated, he informed. He was a photojournalist, and he used to work with a reputed media house. Naturally, this news got him thinking about the job scenario and assignments. He kept wondering how computerization would impact photographers, photography, and our future!
In the 1990s, the future seemed alien and the job market unpredictable. Now, when I look back, I realize the present is not as gloomy as it seemed then. It is true that today, technology has become an inseparable part of most of the jobs around the world. It is also true that technology has closed some doors, but it has opened many.
In the last three decades technology has revolutionized the media industry—computerized offices, automated work, digital platforms elbowing the print editions to a corner, but the demand for photographers and photographs or writers have not diminished, rather it has grown. Photos are integral to the digital medium. From websites to social media platforms, photos are a must.
Digital photography differs from conventional photography. In those days, the photographers had to click photos and sometimes develop the print., but today, photographers have to know it all—they have to be tech-savvy, fluent in the latest technologies, and familiar with hardware and editing software like Photoshop, etc.
The crux of the matter is that many jobs will disappear and many will evolve just like photography. You just have to stay on top of things.
Be adaptable and up-to-date with the trends in your field and constantly upgrade your skills.
How can you make the future favorable for your child?
Parents are the guiding force in the life of their children, so they should learn about using information wisely.
The world is going through the transformative impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Reports claim jobs are susceptible to automation, or 50 percent current jobs will vanish after 20 years. Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will grab the white-collar and blue-collar jobs! Artificial General Intelligence (or AGI) would perform any task that humans do.
Such news makes parents feel overwhelmed and stressed. Because most of the reports show a boom in the science and technology sector, but not everyone can become a programmer or a computer engineer!
What about children whose interest is not in tandem with the future job market? What should parents do in such a scenario?
The answer is simple. Parents should make an informed decision.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution makes our future intriguing and interesting. You can predict some parts of the future, rest remains a mystery for all and sundry. The same goes for the job market. A lot of research and reports show a certain trend, but still, some things cannot be projected.
You can, however, use the information as a base to prepare for the future. Here, the future means children, their education, and learning the right skill sets.
Keep Tabs on New Developments
Automation is a reality. But one cannot deny that behind every automation, technological advancement, is a creative and analytical human mind. And that’s the reason STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – has become STEAM. A stands for Art and it is an integral part of STEAM Learning. Art enhances creative thinking, while STEM learning sharpens analytical thinking. So, science and art go hand-in-hand.
Experts have integrated art into STEM because many feel it helps in enhancing critical skills like problem-solving and critical thinking. It also helps in collaboration and communication.
Not just that, Art has several benefits. It leads to flexibility and adaptability; productivity and responsibility. It also makes children innovative. It is given that children need the necessary tech skills to succeed, but they also require these skills for a successful career in any field.
In the gaming industry and app development sector, there is an immense demand for content designers, artists, writers, etc.
Observe New Trends in Other Sectors
A McKinsey report throws light on various career paths requiring non-technical skills or human skills to be precise, such as communication, listening, and critical thinking. It says several jobs are requiring human interaction like people management, applying expertise, and social interactions, which are less prone to automation. These jobs need human touch and machines cannot match human performance for now in these sectors.
Investments in infrastructure and buildings can create additional demand for human force. According to the report, demand for up to 80 million jobs in the trendline scenario and, in the event of sped up investment, up to 200 million more in the step-up scenario can be created. These jobs include architects, engineers, and other skilled tradespeople.
The Renewable Energy Industry is another area of hope. An investment in energy efficiency and climate adaptation can generate employment. Wind and solar; energy-efficiency technologies; and adaptation and mitigation of climate change will create up to 10 million new jobs in the trendline scenario and up to 10 million additional jobs globally in the step-up scenario, says the report.
Bottom line is that every problem has a solution; you just need to discover it. Train your children and equip them with skills that will help them in getting a grip on the technological changes.
The process of becoming is always more important than the process of attaining. It is important for a professional of any field or just anyone, to move swiftly through life, without a lot of friction. A healthy mindset is a road towards success, as they say, but what about the journey? It is necessary to seek fresh mental outlooks and sustain yourself in that zone while you go about your business on a day-to-day basis.
Budding entrepreneurs need to be well-equipped with the tools, tips, strategies, and resources to beat the everyday challenges. To be able to constantly modify yourself seems very unsettling and daunting at times. You cannot expect yourself to be a part of a life-changing business if you don’t commit to work on yourself every day. That is why personal development is crucial for budding entrepreneurs. Let’s discuss it a bit further. What exactly is personal development and how can it be achieved?
Personal development is a continuous, life-long process of trying to improve the quality of life by discovering yourself, finding your innate qualities, thriving on your own potential, maximizing your talent, and eventually, escalating the chances to achieve various goals, dreams and lead a better life. By getting closer and more familiar with this phenomenon, you are improving your life, which is pivotal in the world of entrepreneurship. These goals vary from person to person, and how they want to achieve their purpose is also very subjective.
Jim Rohn, the late entrepreneur and inspirational speaker once stated, “When you can’t control the external factors, it’s important to take responsibility so the power shifts into your hands.” Rohn drew inspiration from his long-term mentor and learned one of the greatest pieces of advice in the world of entrepreneurship, “If you want to be wealthy and happy, learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
“What am I becoming?”, is a great question to ask yourself rather than, “What am I getting out of this?” Too many people commit to the latter and find themselves caring excessively about tangible things, what they’re not getting or just simply becoming bitter about everything. While the former question has the potential to take you to inspiring and creative paths. It is also obvious that no one wants to work without getting paid, but the two are closely connected. Work on your intrinsic nature and you will get what you deserve.
Until now, we’ve talked about what is personal development and how it is crucial for budding and aspiring entrepreneurs. Let’s delve deep and study some of the personal development activities and various other facets that can help entrepreneurs achieve success.
Expanding Your Skillset
The world is becoming ever so diverse and it is important to keep up with its expanding horizon. Investors and companies are looking for people with broad skill sets and various corporate skills. It is best to enrich yourself with new knowledge and keep up with the new trends. Entrepreneurs can set specific goals regarding this aspect and be always ready to pounce every opportunity of improving their creativity and innovative thinking.
Manage Stress and Focus on Your Health
The daily hustle and bustle of life paves way for stress, and it’s impossible to escape it. Stress is directly related to the success of the business. While dealing with stress, one is unable to think clearly and come up with innovative ideas. This leads to a fear of failure and unsuccessful business goals. To successfully run your business, commit yourself to stress management, and engage in activities like Yoga, meditation, deep breathing or simply some physical exercise. Take rest, improve your eating habits and make your health a priority.
Elevate Your Compassion and Empathy for Others
Invest in your existing and foundational relationships. Look around and identify your business or non-business relationships and see what you value in them. Don’t take anyone for granted. Create a safe space for your colleagues and employees, and be happy in their success. When you change your intrinsic nature, people have no option but to respond in the same manner. You need people to root for you when the chips are down. Manage your relationships accordingly and value the meaning they provide in your day-to-day life.
Identify Your Potential and Talent
Discovery never stops. Self-growth never stops. Everyone has some sort of talent or interest that needs to be further developed. Some people are born leaders and influencers, while some are good at working behind the scenes, strengthening the roots of any business. It is important for you to identify what you like and build on it. It takes constant hard work and a desire to lead a better personal and professional life.
Enjoy Non-Work-Related Activities
While it is important to work on your professional life, it is also necessary to switch off every once in a while. Just settle your nerves and unwind. Switching off when needed can help you focus better on workdays. Engage yourself in extra-curricular activities or your hobbies, sing that song or read the book you’ve been wanting to read for long. Reading gives you new ideas, expands your knowledge, improves vocabulary and also nurtures communication skills.
Personal Development and Emotions
It is very important to recognise the value of your mental health and your emotions in general. Keep a check of your emotions always, people feel more in control of situations when their emotions aren’t all over the place. How one feels on a daily basis is the key element to lead a healthy life in general. Not just entrepreneurs, but anyone must understand the importance of their mental and emotional well-being.
Design thinking in nutshell is about trial and error, disappointment, even outright failure on the outside, and empathy. It is also a deep long-lasting learning, and a whole new way of ‘thinking (obviously!)’ on the inside. Despite the former, the latter is what really matters to our individual and collective progress as young and adults.
It’s a process, a way of going about tinkering, sometimes leading to building something of significance, and other times, not really! At Moonshot Jr, it’s about sketching your idea, via mental notes, a diagram, a formula, a circuit, lines of code or any other contraption our juniors imagine and then us guiding them along the way. We don’t claim to innovate ourselves or our students, but rather we consider ourselves as a team around which any young mind can feel safe to ideate, prototype, build (and fail and build again), test, and repeat until the outcome meets the problem in a most optimal way.
The tenet we follow and remind our students is really centered around a realization that entrepreneurs are the byproduct of attention to details, putting the soul into otherwise abstract problems and solutions and equally importantly bringing out what Steve Jobs called ‘Friendliness’ in whatever you build or innovate.
Design Thinking has Five stages:
1. Empathize Understand what your audience wants and what their values are. Once you know these, you empathize and come up with solutions rather easily.
2. Define Once you’re able to empathize with your audience, you need to make sense of your findings. What difficulties does your audience face? Once you’ve defined the problem, you can move to stage 3.
3. Ideate In this stage, you come up with exciting ideas to solve the problem. You think of new angles and interesting approaches before settling for the best.
4. Prototype Now that you have your ideas, it’s time to sit down to prototype. This means creating an example of the product.
5. Test In the final stage, you test the prototype. You decide what should change based on the test results and the feedback you receive.
While taking them through the tested-and-tried process of design thinking, our students not only gain valuable experience, but appreciate the value of decision making, developed communication, confidence, broadened perspective, and problem-solving. We challenge them to garner and apply at the same time the entrepreneurial approach to relating with the users of end products they build or innovate.
The method we use involves a balance between massive amounts of brainstorming and independent (yet guided) research that untaps our students imagination. The dramatic shift then surfaces by itself in how our Moonshot Jr platform users not only build, innovate, and market but also transform in their style of approaching everything from school, college, sports, and life at large. We believe today’s challenges and tomorrow’s formidable questions need nothing less to tackle.