In the next 10 years how likely are you to be jobless?

Remember that last year of high school? Most of us contemplate our futures. Some are dead set on the exact next step they need to take. Others struggle with a few options, and the rest meander towards something else altogether.

But I wouldn’t be wrong if I said that most high school graduates agree that the next best step is some sort of college degree — in other words to trade in several thousand dollars per year for a certificate that promises job security, status and success.

For the record I have nothing against getting a college education. I personally think you need it, and the average income levels of the top 20 jobs show that having a +4 year degree almost doubles your income potential (although a few exceptions do apply — mostly in the tech arena).

But are YOU going about it the right way?

This long overdue post it about how learning and jobs have changed in the last 10 years; and how — if for a moment we stop thinking about a framed-degree and instead focus on consuming knowledge; anyone can make the world their oyster.

60% of the jobs 10 years from now have not been invented yet.

A few years back the job titles; App Developer, Growth hacker, Data scientist and Digital Marketing Specialist never existed!

10 years ago we would never have thought about crowdfunding.

Unlike in the past we now have so many different paths to our many definitions of success. Even today we see people inventing their own jobs, sharing ideas, funding startups, building products and sprinting their way up the ladder of success past veteran college graduate with many more years of experience.

Besides the new job titles; new innovations and technologies are forever changing those job roles that we think will never change; going from surgeons to engineers to civil workers — making their work easier on the most part and the rest insignificant altogether.

Surgeons at UCLA’s Neurosurgery Center recently used tools to generate ultra-realistic 3-D virtual replicas of a patient’s brain and look inside to prepare for surgery (more about that). Now imagine what it might be like 10 years ahead?

Being a surgeon 10 years from now would certainly be very different from what you think it is today. The same rule applies for almost all other jobs — even being jobless wouldn’t probably be the same!

Most startups and businesses already find it cheaper to automate their accounting than paying for an expensive accountant! Imagine studying for the next few years to become an accountant only to realized that your job has already been replaced by software?

Believe it or not writers are at risk too! 10,000 new Wikipedia articles are written by a bot every single day! That’s 8.5 percent of Wikipedia’s content overall. So imagine 5 years ahead?

Now it’s not just about rocking the foundations of today’s job definitions — for the past 10 years the internet has also evolved the way we learn. Several universities have already made a lot of their courseware publicly available, you can follow courses in almost any subject through websites like Coursera for free and a simple voice search can draw up ‘About 1,730,000,000 results (0.47 seconds)’ on almost anything!

*The quote “If there is a will there is a way” is true today than any other time in human history. *

It goes without saying to say that if you need to get ahead at your jobs in the future, it is an absolute necessity to keep up with the latest technologies and tools available to you today. The only way to keep ahead of the curve is to constantly consume knowledge and adapt to our fast changing environments or strike out on your own, take a chance and pursue your own venture!

So… How likely are you to be jobless in the next 10 years?

Here’s a great follow-up read: THE TOP JOBS IN 10 YEARS MIGHT NOT BE WHAT YOU EXPECT

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