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How to future proof your career against artificial intelligence

Voco Team
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of months, you’ll know all about ChatGPT and how it’s allegedly set to revolutionise the way we all live and work. And if you don't, here's a handy explainer

As useful as it is to be able to instruct a computer to write anything we want, whenever we want it (hello, this blog…) understandably many of us are feeling a bit nervous about what the rise of AI could mean for our careers. Will the robots really replace us as the technology becomes increasingly sophisticated and intelligent, or is it just a lot of hype? 

It’s fair to say that some jobs - particularly those based on routine and repetitive tasks - are susceptible to automation, while those that harness emotional intelligence, creativity and soft skills are far less likely to be replaced. Either way, it’s important to recognise that there are steps you can take to future proof your career against AI.

In fact, we asked ChatGPT exactly what you can do to protect your career from, er, ChatGPT… and this is what it said:

Develop skills that complement AI

While AI can automate routine and repetitive tasks, it is less effective at tasks that require creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. Focus on developing skills that complement AI, such as problem-solving, innovation, and interpersonal skills. This can help you stand out in the job market and make you more valuable to employers.

Stay up-to-date with technological advancements 

Keep up-to-date with technological advancements in your field and focus on developing skills that are in demand. This may involve taking courses or attending workshops to learn about new technologies and their applications.

Cultivate a growth mindset 

Embrace a growth mindset and be willing to learn new skills and adapt to change. This can help you stay ahead of the curve and position yourself for success in a rapidly changing job market.

Focus on soft skills

While AI can perform many tasks more efficiently than humans, it cannot replicate the soft skills that are essential in many careers, such as communication, empathy, and teamwork. Focus on developing these skills, as they are likely to become even more valuable in the age of AI.

Embrace lifelong learning 

Commit to lifelong learning and make a habit of regularly acquiring new skills and knowledge. This can help you stay relevant and adaptable in the face of technological change.

Explore new career paths 

Finally, consider exploring new career paths that are less likely to be affected by AI. This may involve pivoting to a new industry or developing skills in a different area of your current field.


So there you have it, ChatGPT’s top tips for future proofing your career against AI… and while the copy may be a tad formulaic, the recommendations seem pretty on point as far as we’re concerned. 

And of course there are other, more human, things you can do to help position yourself for career success. Like having real conversations with real people facing similar challenges and opportunities. Yes, by joining Voco. Hopefully ChatGPT will be adding that into its recommendations before too long…!

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