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Technological Change Not To Be Feared

The speed of technological development such as AI automation and its effect on future work could be welcomed rather than feared, according to Central Otago REAP’s careers facilitator Jean Sims.
With a long career in the careers sector, Jean has seen a lot of change over the years, and while change can be scary, what was important was how job seekers responded to it, she says.
In fact, these changes may foster the opportunity for a better work – life balance.
“As a person in the job market, you need to look at sharpening your skills, being flexible, and staying informed. Skills are vital assets which need maintenance and updating just like tools.”
Jean says part of the work REAP does in its career service is to raise awareness of change and to support users of the service with resources and information.
“It is unlikely that this latest technological revolution will replace all human work, but it may disrupt the way we do things and increase the number of work roles as happened in the last industrial revolution.”
The current technological change – known as the silicon revolution – provides different work opportunities for job seekers. For example, commercial technology is expanding into outer space improving developments in agriculture such as climate monitoring and measuring paddocks. Work may change from hands on labouring to design, engineering and surveillance.
As well as changes in the types of jobs available, Jean believes we’ll also see a change in the types of qualifications people need, with more of a focus on verification rather than qualification.
“So, people may not always physically study at an institution for a qualification but use internet-based learning and work experience to develop and prove their skill.”

What can we offer you at REAP regarding careers?
  • Are you wondering what kind of job would suit you?
  • Are you thinking about training but do not know where to look?
  • Are you feeling unhappy in your present job and would like to change, but do not know where to begin?
  • Would you like help with preparing your CV?
  • School leavers to 29yrs are FREE
Contact REAP for an appointment with Jean Sims:
jean@coreap.org.nz or 03 448-6115
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