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  You have probably experienced the joys of Artificial Intelligence. From multi-paragraph text to nice-looking images, sounds and even video animation, there seem to be few limits to the content that AI can ‘create’. But with these benefits comes the risk of job losses for those whose work AI is now able to do with minimal human supervision. Global banking giant Goldman Sachs says that about 300 million jobs could be lost worldwide to the AI revolution. Is your job among this number? In this article, we share 5 tips to protect against this eventuality. Specifically, we’ll be talking about how to upskill yourself to thrive in the age of AI.
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Embrace Automation

The surest way to stay relevant in this new era is to ride the waves it generates. In practical terms, this means, upskill by learning to use the tools it has created to your advantage. And to make this happen, you’ll have to learn the basics of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Thankfully, there are many free short courses online that you could take to brush up on your working knowledge in these areas.

Become a True Expert

For all its efficiencies, AI is still notorious for generating inaccurate responses to questions. All the signs suggest that this will remain a weak point for this technology for a while yet. That’s why true subject matter experts aren’t going away anytime soon. If you’re one, you’ll be needed to vet the output of AI and produce corrections where they’re required. This advantage could cause your know-how to be in high demand.
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Build a Personal Brand

If you’re able to fashion a reputation for being a top figure in your area of work, people will want to pay for your services. This is still true in the era of AI; employers and customers will assume that you have much more to offer than the generic and monotonous output that AI produces. A strong personal brand lets you stand out from the competition, even when your competitors are bots.

Acquire and Sharpen Soft Skills

In addition to learning the basics of statistics, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing (among other AI-related skills), you should improve your soft skills. Such skills include problem-solving, rapport-building, emotional intelligence, and leadership. AI isn’t capable of demonstrating or employing these skills (at least not yet). Having them in spades will grant you a significant advantage in tomorrow’s market for talent.

Be Adaptable and Resilient

Contemporary AI was born into a world that was already rife with technological disruptions. Its coming has made the environment around many industries even more unstable. Surviving and excelling in such conditions requires vision, understanding, clarity, and agility. You need to hone the ability to quickly adapt to the changes in your industry brought on by AI. Here’s the good news: this skill is learnable. Just as is the case with AI skills and soft skills, there are great adaptability and resilience courses available online.
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Final Words    

Artificial Intelligence is set to transform the way work is done. If you’re going to stay relevant in the world of business, you’ll have to be a step ahead of this technology and its rapidly evolving applications. You must upskill. Take the tips we’ve provided here as simple guidelines you can adopt to win in the brave new world of smart bots and hyper-automation.
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This article was first published on 20th April 2024


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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