Forbes Career Coach: Two Tips to Prepare for the AI Career Shake Up

Shaz Shafiq is a career coach who specializes in technology and technological change. He’s heard the same data points you probably have. Fifty percent of skills disrupted by AI per World Economic Forum. Twelve million workers displaced by 2030 per McKinsey. But in his own Forbes article on the subject, he offers some hope: You can prepare, you can adapt, and you’re likely to benefit in the long run!

Shafiq emphasizes two key pieces of advice:

  1. Lean into your human skills and work to improve them. Once upon a time, people called capacities like creativity, teamwork, leadership, and communication “soft skills.” No more. They’re already essential, and they will grow even more important as AI routinizes tasks that currently occupy a great deal of people’s time in the 21st-century workplace.
  2. Get AI literate and stay that way. Because the pace of change is rapid and continues to accelerate, organizations are struggling to keep pace. As a result, workers who can take the initiative to learn new AI-related skills (broadly construed) will be able both to help their teams and to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

Good news for Colby students: You’ve got more advantages than you may realize.

  • The Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence offers resident expertise and excellent programming. In addition, their team has been working for years (!) to help Colby faculty anticipate changes in their disciplines.
  • One of the many virtues of a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences at Colby is that you’re essential (not “soft”!) skills are sharper than almost anyone else’s.
  • You’re already an expert learner (this is one reason you were among the 7% of applicants that Colby admits every year!), and you’ll excel in new environments that require continuous, adaptive learning – including in the realm of AI.

Whether you understand the coming robots as threats or allies is largely a matter of perspective. Our view in DavisConnects is that the new landscape will actually reward the innate and acquired skills that have helped you succeed as a Mule.

Curious about this or other opportunities related to your post-graduate goals? Make an appointment or attend an event today! Can’t get enough news and insights about AI? Check out thoughts from chess master Gary Kasparov or Northeastern president Joseph Aoun.

By Damon Yarnell
Damon Yarnell Dean of Student and Global Advancement