If you are looking for a new job, you may want to consider looking for one that requires social skills over specialized technical skills. According to an article published in The Atlantic, a recent study found that over the next two decades, nearly half of U.S. jobs may become obsolete due to automation. How do we combat this? David J. Deming of Harvard recommends becoming more human to stay relevant in the job market.
While computers can perform many amazing tasks, they cannot complete innately human exercises. Consider, for instance, the process of pondering another person’s point of view. Computers are not sophisticated enough to replace the human role of cognitive thinking. Thus, jobs that require interaction with coworkers or clients are the least likely to become automated.
And speaking of social skills, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that we, Cancer and Careers, are also human! We recognize that each of you has his/her own unique story and encourage you to engage with us! Though many of our programs are virtual, you can be assured that there is a human on the other end of every program you interact with. For example, our Ask a Career Coach platform allows you to get answers from one of Cancer and Careers’ professional coaches by starting a discussion.
We also recommend posting in our Collective Diary, where working people with cancer in all phases of treatment and recovery can share answers to questions about their outlook, their work experience and advice they would give others.
If you are searching for a job, try visiting the Looking for Work section of our website. Here you will find information on writing your best resume, interview tips, and more.