There are a few things this post is not.
…it’s not a debate about a universal basic income.
…it’s not a philosophical discussion about the self-worth that comes with your job.
…and it’s not an argument about whether current technology/automation advancements will be different than previous technological revolutions like farming or factories, where those movements produced as many new jobs as they wiped out.
Let’s simply ask ourselves:
If you were a graduating high-school senior this spring, what career paths should you pursue to avoid “getting automated”?
To answer let’s think about where robots might struggle.
1. Jobs Where You’ll Make Rules
Robots are fantastic decision makers. They’re faster than us, completely unbiased, and don’t suffer from decision fatigue. But they don’t specialize in the creation of new rules (which the robots will ultimately be able to apply better than us).
Career ideas: Politicians & policy makers, CEOs & strategy makers
2. Jobs Where You’ll Make People Laugh/Cry/Cheer
The less we’ll work the more time we’ll have on our hands to be entertained. Or so it goes in WALL-E, which might not be far off. To clarify, this is live entertainment.
Career ideas: Athletes, Musicians, Actors, Comedians
3. Jobs Where You’ll Make New Stuff
Robots are excellent factory line workers but we still need someone to come up with new products, designs, and services to fill our factories with.
Career ideas: Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Creatives/Designers
Create, Don’t Do
The theme is obvious at this point. Take a look at your job today and ask, are you creating, or simply just doing?