In the blink of an eye, the fourth industrial revolution is upon us. This new era of manufacturing and data exchange using technology or robot machines will involve five main high-technology pillars, namely: artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, smart computers, robotics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
This will usher in a different job landscape involving both human and machines, which is why the quality of human resources and employee skills must be improved on to keep up. If you’re wondering what type of skills millennials will need in order to thrive in the industrial revolution 4.0, read on.
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As mentioned above, the main five pillars in industrial revolution 4.0 consist of AI, 3D printing, smart computers, robotics, and the IoT; millennials need to be educated to have competence working alongside these. For example, AI will likely become more popular since it creates beneficial technologies like face recognition or self-driving cars. And to be able to work with AI, new skills needed are machine- learning processes, algorithm coding, and how to build data to create AI.
Another example is the Internet of Things. The IoT is the process of using the Internet in everyday things, like remote controls or TVs. To work with these kind of things, in-demand skills involve how to learn protocols in IoT data manipulation.
Rather than mastering theory or practical competencies, millennials also need to have great soft skills. Based on Deloitte’s 2018 Millennial survey, there are three soft skills needed in industrial revolution 4.0: interpersonal skills, confidence and motivation, and work ethics. These soft skills will come in handy to help millennials work alongside augmenting technology, and even to help solve problems that require a more human touch.
Computers and robots may be able to do jobs that require monotony, but they do not have the ability to be creative. In fact, while AI, supercomputers, and robot manufacturing play an important role in this revolution, the creative workforce in companies like Google and Tesla, among others, will be among the major contributions. Creative employees are needed to create revolutionary machines with out-of-the-box thinking as well as provide creative solutions for future problems.