A Paradigm Shift: Will AI take over future jobs and how to prepare students & graduates for 2030


I’m sure we’ve all seen science fiction movies where Artificial Intelligence has developed into such an advanced state that it overtakes the human race (cue Skynet) While the situation portrayed in films are fictional and exaggerated, reality might not be too far off as many industries now use AI as part of their work/operational process. Naturally this creates a concern where it’ll become inevitable that machines/robots will replace many jobs. Research (McKinsey) has projected that there is a possibility that over 800 million global workers could have their jobs replaced by AI by 2030.

If that wasn’t enough, some additional data points from the article further suggest that by 2030:

  • High paid, well educated white worker will be affected by AI
  • Jobs held by workers with college are five times more likely to be affected by AI than jobs held by those with high school degrees
  • AI is starting to become proficient at mastering professional skills such as reasoning, data analysis, planning, predicting and learning

While the situation sounds like a Charles Darwin prediction, the article mentions some tips as a form of emerging trend and opportunity for individuals who wish to stay competitive within future job markets.

To summarize:

  • Digitally Coupled Academic Programs: Develop a wide range of digitally coupled academic programs like Fintech (Finance + Tech), Edtech (Education + Tech), Biotech (Biology + Tech), Medtech (Medical + Tech), Healthtech (Health + Tech) or Legaltech (Legal + Tech)
  • Technology Curriculum: Develop comprehensive computer curricula and technical materials that cover popular computer programming like Python or R as well as common digital tools like Bloomberg Terminal or ArcGIS. It’s interesting to note that simply knowing how to use MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, emails, internet search or social media no longer qualifies as digital fluency
  • Data Analytics Training: Inject data analytics training into students’ course of study to help students master the use of data generated by AI.
  • Digital Credential Programs: Develop digital credential programs and tech add-ons, like a Fintech boot camp or an Edtech boot camp, to support continuous learning and up-skilling for students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.
  • Career Service Partnership: Partner with student career service professionals to provide students with opportunities to practice their industry knowledge and digital skills.
  • EQ And Soft Skills: Students must also possess high emotional intelligence and soft skills that AI and machines can’t imitate and automate. Students with higher EQ and soft skills will have competitive advantages in the job market.

There is definitely opportunity to create ventures based on training students to develop their digital skills while focusing more on interpersonal skills.

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2 responses to “A Paradigm Shift: Will AI take over future jobs and how to prepare students & graduates for 2030”

  1. Anna Ayoung-Stoute

    Hello John,

    I particularly like the Forbes articles because it recognizes AI will affect students across various disciplines. It does not focus on just STEM but includes Social Science. Students in higher education need to be prepared for AI working environments; therefore, as you mentioned, there are opportunities for ventures. As part of curriculum design, experiential learning needs to incorporate AI, including areas such as Teaching or even my background Librarianship. As EdTech is becoming a significant component in these professions.
    Furthermore, I think there are opportunities for ventures in the K-12 grades. The sooner students as introduced to AI, it will become the norm. Developing digital literacy as this article outlines allows them to be digital citizens and puts them on the right path for their future: https://www.thetechedvocate.org/the-importance-of-teaching-digital-literacy-to-k-12-students/

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    1. John Wu

      Hi Anna

      Very much agree that technology should be integrated intro curriculum design in the near future. Citing your background in Librarianship, remember the days when libraries were not as technology focused and basic things such as looking up where a book is place or reserving materials all had to be done in person. The advancement and progress technology brought to libraries is immense and essentially streamlined how information is stored, accessed and distributed to users. I assume similar impact could occur in other subjects/industries providing there’s an industry standard and transitional time to train users on how to use new technology.

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