The AI and ChatGPT’s Tsunami is here. How to Re-Skill for the upcoming Job Market ?
The posts you find about AI are getting more scary these days, and that for a good reason I must admit.
After experimenting with AI tools the last days, I am more convinced that every job that require a human sitting behind a computer to process some sort of data, is at risk to change dramatically or even fully disappear.
My job as a software developer for example will be one of the first impacted by AI.
In the near future software development is not going to be writing and testing code any more, but most likely more of monitoring AI, making AI feel comfortable to overtake our job, may be validating its results in the first years and making scripts to automate and orchestrate AI processes and output chains.
So what Now ?
In this post, I gathered 3 actionable steps how to to get prepared for this new world. May be some of these ideas can help you too:
1) Start using AI Now
Start now experimenting and challenging AI to do some real tasks of your current job.
Focus on 1–2 tools related to your field.
If you have a technical background and can live with imperfect UX, “Open source” tools are my recommendation, these are the ones which will prevail on the long run.
“OpenAI” with ChatGPT, Microsoft and all other commercial closed systems will be only one of many players.
Open Source AI has the advantage that you can download the model locally to your server and even train it with your own company or private data. You can’t and shouldn’t do that with ChatGPT or other public AI’s.
In my case I used “Vicuna” (Open source) to generate a base version of crypto mobile app and the results are fast and good enough for a first basic version.
You can generate the UI and the images also:
It will be very soon possible, that you can generate a whole application only by inputting well stated specification and design documents into AI tools.
“Problem well stated is problem solved ( not half solved)”
Here are links to the openSource AI’s I used, there is plenty of free and open source tools:
So give it a try
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2) Upgrade your skills
Communication and soft skills will become more important in the AI Era.
Being able to work and communicate in a team with humans will be more valuable in a future full of AI Agents and AI robots.
In addition structured communication combined with critical thinking and problem solving skills will make you also better at using AI and generating better prompts.
Even if you need to change the job completely because of AI, those soft skills will put you in a better position for a career change.
Other skills which will matter more in a future job market are:
- Prompting skills to communicate with AI more efficiently
- For developers scripting skills ( example: python) to automate tasks especially using the new AI open Source Frameworks like LangChain
Here is the Link for LangChain
3) Think outside the box
Digital and office jobs had in many cases an unfair advantage when it comes to salary in comparison to physical jobs in the last decades. This equation is about to change faster with AI.
Jobs which are less impacted with AI like farmers, health workers, hospitality workers, social field workers, rescue workers, police officers, “Live” artists… will be more attractive in the future.
So why not think about changing careers totally, especially if your current office Job is impacted through AI in such a way that is no more attractive to you.
Lately I read about a big IT-company changing their head quarters to a new building near the airport. Surprisingly the most asked question in the employee relocation forum was:
“Will the current Barista move also the to new building ?”
“Who cares about the CEO today ?”
So there is good reason to panic 😱, but in most cases it will be a soft adaption, AI isn’t going to replace your job immediately, it will change it over time, it will automate the boring parts out of it.
It will for sure make the employer expectations for your job output in term of speed and quality much higher.
So the good news is your current job skills will still be needed in the future. The bad news you will need even more additional AI skills to keep your current job.
I am planing a workshop around open source AI and scripting so check my webSite or follow me on twitter for more infos in the next months.