The Pony Express was one of those great American experiments. People wanted messages and parcels sent and received with little waiting time so they got fast horses and riders who didn’t mind the danger and difficulty. Deliveries from the Midwest to California could be made in as little as 10 and as much as 13 days. For those days, quite fast. The whole service lasted all but 18 months because, good idea though it was, there was a better idea—telegraph. The Pacific Telegraph line quickly rendered the Pony Express obsolete as communication was easily so much faster using the new-fangled technology. The only delay in the new tech was getting a message from the telegraph receiver station to the person for whom a message was meant. Pony riders, regardless of how fast their horses were, just couldn’t compete. The company’s founders soon found themselves bankrupt.
The key idea here is simple: If you don’t keep tabs on how technology is moving and how it may just have an impact on your livelihood, you may find yourself out of a job with no one having any need of your services.
At least a person who gets fired from a job because of differences with management still has a chance somewhere. There are jobs in history that disappeared because there were better options.
The same was true for knocker-uppers—people who used a staff to knock on the windows of people who needed to go to work. There weren’t any alarm clocks at that time and people who were tardy could easily find themselves out of a job. Thus, knocker-uppers had a stable career until another piece of technology made them outmoded. Alarm clocks were small and easily put in any area of one’s bedroom and, unlike some knocker-uppers, were never late themselves.
There are more recent examples of these occupations that hardly exist anymore: Telephone operators, elevator operators, typists, computers. This last item is a testament that being smart doesn’t mean immunity from obsolescence. Computers were usually women (the greater number of them were) who crunched numbers by hand (thus the name “computers”) before the wide availability of calculators. They made the American space program possible and some of them were smart enough to learn the next logical step—programming the electronic number crunchers that eventually took their name: computers.
Those “computers” intelligently looked at technology not as an adversary or threat but as an opportunity.
Is your occupation or specialisation about to go the way of the dodo? We don’t really know how things will pan out but some jobs are slowly becoming less in demand. Banks, for example, have been hiring fewer and fewer bank tellers as they invest in automated teller machines that can do so much more than handle cash withdrawals.
This comes with increased access to technology and you can already guess what other jobs may come next: Cashiers, travel agents, librarians. Some of this is really still up in the air and we only will really know when the time comes. The question is whether a person doing a certain job will be caught flatfooted by intransigently insisting that there is no need to learn anything new.
If we look at the “computers” though, we can see what kind of attitude and approach works: Work with technology and see how you can maximise the new tech.
Will more occupations disappear? Undoubtedly. It really is now a question of how a person is able to find new things to do with the different technologies available to the public. What happened to the Pony Express riders, for example? They all found new gigs. They had to. It might have been a matter of pride to have been part of the effort to bring mail in the Wild West but they needed to find new work to feed themselves and their families.
The GIGCO superheroes landed in key areas in western Singapore, sharing the joy of work and what it means to be a trusted professional. They joined the people in JCube, Westgate, Jem and IMM. They eventually made their way to VivoCity then Clarke Quay talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it affects their lives.
Superhero Fuad led the charge, speaking directly to a group of youngsters on the importance of work and their rights as workers. These young men were astounded. They realised the possibilities of prosperity if they only put their hearts and minds to it and worked toward addressing industry needs and requirements.
It didn't matter if it was around the malls, ice-skating in JCube, walking around and mingling with young and not-so-young professionals in IMM and VivoCity, the message was clear: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and GIGCO is the genuine way to succeed in it.
Upcoming Training Session: Creative Photoshoot
It’s not too late: You can still sign up for GIGCO’s next training session on 24 November 2018! Gerbie Pabilonia, one of the most sought-after trainers in creative photography, is again in the spotlight to discuss the conceptualisation and execution involved in a creative photo shoot. Gerbie will take participants on a journey toward the creation of true photographic artwork.
Develop your visual intelligence! Get practical tips and learn how professionals do such shoots, in this end-to-end experience. Be amazed at what you can do after you learn from Gerbie and shoot with him. Recognise your own potential and see for yourself how much better you can be at creating artistic images that are definitely beyond typical photography.
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