It is time to call it. The workforce – and the world, for that matter – that we have all come to be so familiar with has changed. At the core of this monumental shift is the rise of technology and digitalization – which has given rise to a new generation of remote workers working from a laptop through a digital marketing agency or being a freelancing artist or even making a living through blogging. It might sound strange to begin with, but the reality is that we are now living in a world that we have no familiarity with. Every industry, every facet of modern life has been given a digital revitalisation. The direct consequences of these revitalisations are that we are consistently being driven further and further from the comfort zones that we have become so contented with. The workforce is one of the most affected aspects of modern life. The job opportunities that are afforded to individuals these days are also the first generation that is having to become comfortable and even expectant of the fact that any job they are applying for today is going to be going through a technological shift – if that shift is not already in motion, that is. The future workforce is digital, and that “future” workforce is fast becoming the new current workforce. Welcome to global digitalisation.
Job security these days is nothing like it was fifty, even twenty years ago. The landscape of the workforce has changed so drastically and so quickly that it is difficult for many to keep up with the tidal shifts. The job opportunities available today are tilting further and further towards being tech-enabled, or even entirely eradicated by digitalisation. Practically every job has been strengthened by this latest wave of [seemingly] global technological enhancement. The business market has gone digital, as has the education sector. Writers now use computers and eBook development to write more, at a faster pace than they have ever been able to. It is more than just the (perhaps) expected professions that are shifting with the waves, either. Even artists, whose abilities are entirely creative and otherwise incredibly unique, are using digital printing and social media to increase their branding and exposure as creatives, with many even beginning to use digital drawing tools to change up their artistic brand.
As the current job opportunities are increasing focusing more and more on technological innovation and implementation driving forward into the global digital revolution, there is understandable concern mounting that further technological input and digitalisation could lead to the complete eradication of some career fields. But here is the thing. Employment patterns have always shifted in the face of new technological developments. This is nothing new. As a new technology is introduced and disrupts the workforce – which it always has – some jobs are eliminated. But those erased careers are almost always replaced by new job opportunities that are more enjoyable, pay better, and offer more professional and personal development. According to a report released in January of 2018, 1.4 million jobs in the United States alone will be disrupted by technology between now and the year 2026. Of these disrupted careers, 57% of them currently belong to women. Rather than viewing these statistics as negatives, we should be approaching them as opportunities. After all, that is exactly what they are.
Job opportunities have remained largely the same for generations now. We are finally entering the stratosphere of the digital workforce. This is a positive for one very important reason: the rest of the world is continuing to become more and more digitally focused, and so the workforce was at serious risk of becoming disjointed – and thus irrelevant – if it did not pause to realign with the rest of the world. This is a fact. For any kind of workforce to survive the type of global technological change, it would have to allow for that same technological change to disrupt its reaches. The workforce has done precisely this. Current job opportunities are realigning with the digital future of the workforce. Considering the rapid succession of that “future” workforce, this is nothing but a good thing. Employers and employees alike need not be necessarily threatened by this change, but approach it as a chance to further professional development and business models and methods. The workforce today is an entirely different landscape to the one that existed even just twenty years ago. The constant, rapid evolution of the workforce means that the job market – and all job opportunities, for that matter – that exist today and going into the future exist in their own stratosphere.
Unchartered territory, there are many eager employees and established employers and businesses that are having to realign their entire attitude and focus towards the workforce. The job opportunities today are more digitally-focused than ever before. Many people understandably see the shift in current job opportunities (and, in turn, the gravitational shift for future jobs as well) as a threat to their opportunities for professional development. This is not the point of digitising the (near) future of the workforce, though. Global digitalisation of the workforce is not only necessary, but important to the evolution of the modern world as we know it. For progress to be made, change must be actioned. That is exactly what is happening with the current scope of job opportunities, and the shifting tide of the modern workforce.