Part 1: Will you be replaced by a robot? Here’s how to upskill yourself…


The alphabet soup that has emerged in the world since Tim Berners-Lee started the World Wide Web 20 years ago this year, is astounding. From IT to AI to AR to VR, we’re all playing catch-up and the fantasy world that Star Wars and Star Trek made us believe in movies is finally coming true.

We already have Alexa and Siri, but it seems that before we have Data, R2D2 and C-3PO, we will probably have systems like Mother, the computer from Aliens, or HAL on The Discovery from 2001, or simply Computer from Star Trek.

So although the ubiquitous robot is still some way off (which is not the case in countries like Japan), the algorithm and the bot are here now, changing the way the world works. With such great progress, many articles have been written on which jobs will become obsolete the fastest. Think your IT job is secure? Think again…

“These days, everybody knows of the VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous” says Natascha Prüssen, MD of LGIT Smart Solutions, a training company that specialises in upskilling people in IT. “As trainers in the field, we receive first-hand knowledge of the changes that Microsoft is busy implementing at the cutting edge of the industry, because we are a certified Microsoft learning partner.”

The digital giant, started by Bill Gates back in the 70s, has grown to become the world’s third-most valuable brand after Apple ($182 billion) and Google ($132 billion), with a brand value of $94 billion. “Some software systems that were previously run using human capital have now been converted to automated systems using algorithms, meaning that certain jobs will become obsolete as the older systems get phased out,” says Natascha.

“We have taken what we like to refer to as the Hidden Figures philosophy. If you haven’t seen the movie, do yourself a favour and go watch it. It tells the story of three Black women working for NASA in the 1960s, when the Russians were beating the Americans in the space race. Back then, complex mathematical calculations were done by human computers, many of whom were smart Black women.”

“In one scene in the movie, a then little-known computer company called IBM puts a huge computer into the building, to do the mathematical calculations for space flight. One of the smart Black ladies, realising that human computers are about to become obsolete, goes to the library and starts teaching herself Fortran, the cutting-edge computer language at the time. Because she upskills herself and learns how to programme the big machine, not only does she show up the IBM guys whom she outsmarts with her knowledge, but she also saves her job and the jobs of the other human computers. It’s an awesome movie.”

Natascha continues: “I’m currently reading a book called 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. The premise of the book is that we are increasingly living in a binary world. So if you want to know how to stay relevant, please give LGIT Smart Solutions a call!”

For more details on upcoming IT courses that will help you with long-term job security, please look out for Part 2 of this blog post, and please click here to contact us.

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