Written by Anna Ahney, CNN
Are you willing to accept your job “is gone” because of new technologies? Well, don’t worry. Science says you should be.
According to the annual global survey of technology and management skills conducted by the Cambridge ISTE academic center and global advisory business Accenture , the study confirmed the impact that digital advances are having on occupations, with the digital era creating a global shortage of skilled employees at a faster rate than nearly any other technology phase in human history.
According to research conducted by Cambridge ISTE and Accenture.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the findings:
More than two thirds of professionals are worried that current technology speeds up the rate at which certain skills become obsolete by up to 70 percent.
Within a decade, 82 percent of employees in high-skill occupations feel that robots will help them get their jobs done better, a doubling of the rate compared to when the survey was last conducted 10 years ago.
Young workers are even more concerned, with 77 percent of millennials and 81 percent of Gen Z Millennials feeling that their jobs will be more easily done by robots within the next 10 years.
Only 50 percent of Gen Z Millennials and 65 percent of Gen Z millennials believe that their skills are essential in today’s workforce.
“The pace of technological change is forcing professionals to adapt their skills in order to thrive in the modern workplace,” Tom Vartanian, a principal with Accenture, said in a statement. “It’s our job to help businesses succeed, and more importantly, to help workers adapt. That’s why this annual survey provides companies with such valuable insights.”
While 85 percent of companies in the survey said that an employee’s skill level is as important to their success as their academic achievement, that was not the case for the workforce in previous decades.
The current survey found that 58 percent of leaders in the survey acknowledged that individuals who did not complete an Associate’s Degree were more likely to have a harder time securing jobs in today’s workforce than those who did.
“People who started formal education before 1980 were much more likely to have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree or higher compared to their counterparts who began after 1980,” the survey found.
Similarly, 69 percent of executives at companies whose workforce was less than 25 years old in the survey acknowledged that people who finished college less than five years ago are more likely to have better resumes and the ability to get hired than people with a Bachelor’s Degree more than 10 years ago.