Robot-Proof Your Job Today for Greater Job Security Tomorrow

Could your boss hire a robot to do your job? According to some experts, more than 20% of US companies have already replaced human workers with machines for certain positions. Those figures are expected to increase.

From driverless cars to self-service checkouts, the trend is clear. Everyone from accountants to shipping clerks could be affected. If you want to enhance your job security, consider these ideas.

Tips for Robot-Proofing Any Job

It’s a good idea to make yourself indispensable wherever you work. Cultivate the qualities that will give you an edge over machines.

1. Master technology. You’ve probably heard about the growing emphasis on STEM education. Maybe you’ll want to take courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In any case, you can monitor IT related to your job so you’re proficient with the latest software and can train others.

2. Develop relationships. Interacting with our colleagues makes us happier as we validate our self-worth and develop mutual understanding. Encourage collaboration. Build alliances and lasting friendships through teamwork and socializing.

3. Continue your education. Adapt to rapid change and escalating demands by making a commitment to lifelong learning. Schedule time for reading each day and sign up for educational programs at work. You’ll become more productive and resilient.

4. Take initiative. Go the extra mile. Look for ways to cut costs, speed up processes, and increase customer satisfaction. Volunteer for special projects and exceed expectations.

5. Focus on quality. Have you ever been frustrated by an automated operator who keeps telling you that they’re sorry that they don’t understand your last name? If so, you may prefer speaking with a live person who resolves issues promptly. Develop a reputation for being that person.

6. Keep up with industry trends. Automation may evolve differently in manufacturing than medicine. Look for areas of growth so you can take action before your skills become obsolete.

Tips for Selecting a Robot-Resistant Job

Automation has been climbing up the ladder from low-paying jobs to white collar professions. However, some fields are less vulnerable. Design a career path that requires a human touch.

1. Work for yourself. Amazingly, about one-third of Americans already describe themselves as self-employed. Being your own boss means you can stop wondering if someone else will eliminate your job.

2. Join a smaller company. Similarly, larger organizations are more likely to have the money to hire robots. You’ll run into fewer cyborgs at small businesses.

3. Become an artist. Creativity is another hallmark of human beings. Your watercolors or piano sonatas could become a source of steady income. Thinking more broadly, you can take a creative approach to any activity from food preparation to accounting.

4. Enter a caring profession. Think about the people you turn to when you’re facing tough times. You probably want to trust a real person rather than a machine. Walking dogs, working with kids, or providing home nursing services could all be relatively stable job opportunities that require a human.

5. Use your mind. People excel at dealing with unusual situations and challenges. A robot can probably follow the instructions to let clients know when their next insurance payment is due. You’re probably better at explaining what kind of insurance coverage is most fitting.

6. Make friends with robots. Technology also creates jobs. Even if your old career disappears, you could wind up making more money by designing or repairing robots.

Robots are coming to more and more workplaces. Keep ahead of the curve by upgrading your skill set and focusing on fields where humans have an advantage over machines.

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Glen James Murdoch

Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching Program - The Advanced Diploma in Coaching.