September 14, 2010 by Joel Milani
“The top 10 in-demand jobs of 2010. . .
did not exist in 2004.
We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet. . .
using technologies that haven’t been invented. . .
in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
These ominous statements come from a video called ‘Did you know?‘, an animated infographic set to dance music that takes a stab at putting the exponential growth of the digital age into perspective.
The bit about ‘jobs that don’t exist yet’ is especially disconcerting for those who plan to enter the job market in the next few years. It’s hard enough preparing for known jobs without worrying about getting turned down for a position that has yet to be created.
Now before you get all worked up, there are two things you should take away from the video:
- Most of the jobs that exist today will continue to exist in some form for a very, very long time. We haven’t quite arrived in a sci-fi reality where doctors, nurses, architects, writers, mechanics, teachers, managers and fry cooks are all replaced by robots. The material a teacher teaches, and the machines a mechanic fixes may change, but that has always been the case — the trick is to never stop learning how to do your job.
- Pursuing jobs that don’t exist yet comes with an incredible opportunity: No one is more qualified than you for a job that doesn’t exist yet. Take a look at a blog post written by Microsoft’s social media marketing manager, Matt Bernardy. While Matt was in college, Twitter and Facebook were considered to be a waste of time by most businesses — now he works in social media full-time, running marketing campaigns, and engaging Microsoft’s users on a personal level.
To be successful in current and future job markets, the ability to adapt is key. Your career education doesn’t end at graduation, and if you continue to develop professionally, there’s a much slimmer chance you’ll be replaced by a soulless robot.