Our youth are inheriting the future in real time. Over the past decade alone, the explosion in data, automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has completely transformed the way we interact with the world – and it’s only accelerating. In fact, IDC predicts worldwide spending on AI systems alone will grow to nearly $35.8 billion in 2019 and will more than double to $79.2 billion by 2022.
All this means it’s more important than ever that today’s youth — and the newly-emerging workforce — are adequately equipped to work with these evolving technologies. Younger generations will enter a very different job environment than that of their parents, in many cases stepping into roles that may not even yet exist today. We’ll likely see some jobs disappear altogether, while others will evolve and adapt to meet the new climate.
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This environment will drive competition for job candidates with unique data-driven mentalities and skill sets. And we’re already seeing a shift. According to LinkedIn data, the top three “hard” skills companies noted needing most in 2019 all surround tech: cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and analytical reasoning.