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How to Future Proof Your Career for the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things will impact every area of your life. From the way you communicate and share information to the way you do things in the workplace. The development of IoT, robotics, automation and A.I is one of the most game-changing advancements of today, but there’s also a fear that it will put millions of jobs at risk.
The truth about the Internet of Things is that it is likely to create more jobs than job cuts (although there will be both), and there’s also more opportunity for high-skilled workers to earn a better income in the future. But in order to be one of the lucky few who get to climb the ladder, it’s important to prepare your CV for the IoT Industry 4.0 takeover. Here are 5 ways to future proof your career for IoT and automation:
1. Get New Skills

In order to make your role indispensable to your employer, it’s important to train with new skills to adapt to the new wave of IoT technology. Don’t delay in brushing up on knowledge, even if your company is falling behind with the times. Having in-demand skills will give you the freedom to move around roles more easily should you wish to leave the place you’re working at right now. Some of the skills that will be highly desirable include:

  • Knowledge of sensors
  • Communicative chips and communication gateways
  • Cloud management
  • Security solutions that cut across the IoT stack
  • Domain knowledge that targets problems with IoT
2. Study I.T
With the Internet of Things and the application of Artificial Intelligence across a number of industries comes a big demand for engineers and developers. The next IT boom is just around the corner and a new report by VisionMobile predicts that there will be a need for 4.5 million new developers by 2020.
3. Focus on the Right Markets
According to this infographic about IoT devices, there will be billions of connected things by 2020. This includes 13 billion kettles, appliances and household devices; 3.5 navigation systems and in car entertainment systems; 411 million wristbands and wearable tech devices; and 646 million health related monitors and things in hospitals. So there are a number of key markets to target when it comes to job searches and refocusing your career.
4. Find Hybrid Jobs
One of the biggest changes you may see in the workplace is the formation of hybrid roles. With increased connectivity within every department, the need for I.T knowledge will increase greatly. This means that traditional jobs will become hybrid verticals. For instance, traditional jobs in medicine will now incorporate I.T skills, and so will jobs in account management and marketing, or jobs in energy and agriculture.
5. Move Up the Ladder
Low-skilled jobs are the ones most at risk when it comes to robotics and automation. ‘Smart’ machinery will be deployed to take on the most basic level tasks and that means that some workers will face job cuts. The way to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you is to find ways of honing your skills, getting more experience and adding more attractive traits to your CV. Focus on working towards supervisor or managerial roles to future proof your position, or speak to your employer about ways you can retrain or study to get a promotion.
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The Internet of Things will impact every area of your life. From the way you communicate and share information to the way you do things in the workplace. The development of IoT, robotics, automation and A.I is one of the most game-changing advancements of today, but there’s also a fear that it will put millions of jobs at risk.

The truth about the Internet of Things is that it is likely to create more jobs than job cuts (although there will be both), and there’s also more opportunity for high-skilled workers to earn a better income in the future. But in order to be one of the lucky few who get to climb the ladder, it’s important to prepare your CV for the IoT Industry 4.0 takeover. Here are 5 ways to future proof your career for IoT and automation:

1. Get New Skills

In order to make your role indispensable to your employer, it’s important to train with new skills to adapt to the new wave of IoT technology. Don’t delay in brushing up on knowledge, even if your company is falling behind with the times. Having in-demand skills will give you the freedom to move around roles more easily should you wish to leave the place you’re working at right now. Some of the skills that will be highly desirable include:

  • Knowledge of sensors
  • Communicative chips and communication gateways
  • Cloud management
  • Security solutions that cut across the IoT stack
  • Domain knowledge that targets problems with IoT


2. Study I.T

With the Internet of Things and the application of Artificial Intelligence across a number of industries comes a big demand for engineers and developers. The next IT boom is just around the corner and a new report by VisionMobile predicts that there will be a need for 4.5 million new developers by 2020.

3. Focus on the Right Markets

According to this infographic about IoT devices, there will be billions of connected things by 2020. This includes 13 billion kettles, appliances and household devices; 3.5 navigation systems and in car entertainment systems; 411 million wristbands and wearable tech devices; and 646 million health related monitors and things in hospitals. So there are a number of key markets to target when it comes to job searches and refocusing your career.

4. Find Hybrid Jobs

One of the biggest changes you may see in the workplace is the formation of hybrid roles. With increased connectivity within every department, the need for I.T knowledge will increase greatly. This means that traditional jobs will become hybrid verticals. For instance, traditional jobs in medicine will now incorporate I.T skills, and so will jobs in account management and marketing, or jobs in energy and agriculture.

5. Move Up the Ladder

Low-skilled jobs are the ones most at risk when it comes to robotics and automation. ‘Smart’ machinery will be deployed to take on the most basic level tasks and that means that some workers will face job cuts. The way to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you is to find ways of honing your skills, getting more experience and adding more attractive traits to your CV. Focus on working towards supervisor or managerial roles to future proof your position, or speak to your employer about ways you can retrain or study to get a promotion.

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