Many people said that the coming of sophisticated new technology such as AI (artificial intelligence) and automation will replace many of human roles in the business, leading to the extinction of some natures of work. Jobs that involve administrative and repetitive work are projected to be hit the hardest.

However, in some other areas it seems that disruptive technology is also capable of creating new opportunities and jobs with high-demand of workers. The key to survival for talent is the willingness to embrace changes by continually upgrading their skills and knowledge to keep them up to date with current business trends.

If you want to stay ahead of the game, here are top 5 positions that will be on the job board spotlight this year based on the MIT Technology Review:

  1. AI engineer

As mentioned earlier, the AI-enabled tools will become the new norm in every facet of human life, including at the workplace. The high demand for installing AI software will come along with coupled demands for AI engineers to develop this technology as well. Not surprisingly, talents with top knowledge on the subject will be highly sought after with a lucrative salary and compensation as well.

  1. Machine trainer

AI does not obtain its ‘intelligent’ status with no trouble. It takes a lot of hard and grinding work to train AI software to actually function well. Owing to this reason, machine trainer who are able to demonstrate the ability to manage the robotics will be in hot demand this year. For example, last December Google employed 10,000 workers to help clean up content on YouTube and train its machine-learning technology.

  1. Video-game streamer

Talking about new technology, it is inseparable to talk about video game technology too, such as the invention of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) that have revolutionised the way people consume entertainment. US-based streaming game site Twitch already has more than 25,000 people making money on its platform, and the number is projected to grow faster. With over 15 million active users every day watching gamers on the platform, content demand and game players are soaring.

  1. Renewable-energy technician

Global energy industry is undergoing a transformation, as it moves away from coal and goes toward natural gas and renewable energy. In this transitional period, big counts of technicians with expertise in the field of renewable-energy will be highly needed. The tasks performed by these workers require particular dexterity and mobility, something that robots are far from achieving, so automation will not be affecting this sector for some time.

  1. Caregiver

The greying population continues to be perennial concern across the globe. While many jobs can be automated, health care still requires genuine social interaction and human touch. Many people might think that jobs in home health and personal care do not pay well. However, as demand continues to rise, those in this sector could expect better compensation in the near future.

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“Do what you love, the money will follow” – Marsha Sinetar

For fresh graduates who have just their education, this could be an inspiring quote that will spur on their zest to follow their passion and stay true to their idealism in pursuing a career. The problem lies in the fact that, unfortunately, sometimes in life things do not go as planned.

Upon graduating from university or college, you have to prepare yourself for the ‘real world’. This is the time where you are expected to turn the theory you have learnt at school into real and impactful practices. While everyone might desire to follow their dream and land on their ideal job, not everyone gets the privilege to live up their passion. More often than not, fresh grads have to choose between pay and passion.

On one hand, if they opt to work for high-paying jobs, they are required to bury their passion and just go with the flow. Meanwhile, if they decide to do what they love, they must be willing to go with minimum compensation. When you are faced with such dilemmatic options, which one is more worth pursuing? It is true that working on something you do not fancy sounds like a boring and unfavourable option. However, is it really wise to accept low-paying job for exchange of pursuing your passion either?

Everyone will agree that doing something we love will keep you eager to give and do the best. When people have passion in a particular field, they tend to be more creative, productive, and resourceful. Willing to go the extra miles, passion towards particular subject will help you get further in your career as well. Nevertheless, does it mean that you should overlook the compensation amount to follow your passion? Here are several things you should consider before taking the path:

  •         Do you have financial responsibilities that keep you from taking the risk?

If you are a fresh grad who are still single and living with your parents, this might not be a big problem. However, it will be different if you are married or live independently. You should consider whether the paycheck you receive is enough to cover you and your family’s life cost. While you might feel happy when working, financial incapacity could probably be another source of stress for you.

  •         Do you have support from people around you?

Make sure that people around you such as your parents, spouse, or partner understand your passion and support your choice. Before taking the job, invite them for a discussion and ask their feedbacks about it. Moral support will be crucial if one day things do not go as planned.

  •         Are you willing to take low salary?

There are times when following your passion comes with sacrifices, including your lifestyle. When you were in school and fully funded by parents, you might not have to worry about money and thus live a leisurely life. However, when you step into professional world and live independently, you should make sure whether your new job could support your lifestyle or not.

  •         Is your dream realistic?

Do you have a future in the job? Even if you love what you do, when you cannot see any prospects in the field, it is best to consider other options. Instead of making speculation about the future, you should come up with a concrete and attainable plan. Make sure that your dream is realistic by honing your skills in that field. Only then, there will be no remorse in the future.

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Are you a fresh graduate in the process of job hunting? Every job seeker can imagine the strenuous process and experience of landing a job the regular way: graduating from reputed university, searching for job openings, applying for the job, going through tests and interview, and finally, the job offer from one of the companies.

The problem however is, sometimes reality bites. Regardless of how meticulously you plan out everything, unexpected things do happen and scatter your plans away. Should you just go with the flow, then?

Upon finishing your education, you might start thinking of what the future brings to you. After the graduation day, you create a career plan as a guide along your journey to the professional world. However, you should bear in mind that everything doesn’t always turn out as anticipated. Since, life is not merely a checklist that follows your instincts and will to succeed, there are times when you have to compromise and negotiate with the current circumstances.

Professional world is full of uncertainty. As the old adage goes, ‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ It means, no matter how prudently you have arranged everything in your life (including charting out a professional career pathway), there is no solid guarantee that your life will function smoothly as you initially wished for.

Here are reasons why you should say goodbye to your rigid career plans and just go with the flow:

  1.    It releases you from limiting beliefs

Have you ever thought of something similar like this, ‘Oh, I can never be a leader, as I don’t have supporting leadership skills’? Such negative thoughts are formed from limiting career beliefs that comes within yourself.

Fear of failure and criticism is one of the most common limiting beliefs, that stops you from trying something new. When you decide to go with the flow, you will be freed from your limiting beliefs and ready to seize every challenge that lies ahead.

  1.    It helps you trust yourself

Before you can trust anyone else, it is critical to trust yourself first. Going with the flow will help you have faith on your own ability, to deal with everyday problems. When something is out of your control, you might be anxious about the future.

However, when it turns out to be fine towards the end, it will give you a greater sense of confidence. You will be convinced that you can handle everything better than you might have thought.

  1.    It helps you focus

When you create a list of everything, sometimes it makes you pay attention to trivial details more than the important ones. For example, when you are preparing for a job interview, you might list everything out, so you should bring from A to Z.

But you forget to bring the most important thing: your heart and passion at work. When you go with the flow, you can focus on something that matters in your life, more than anything else.

  1.    It makes you enjoy life

What is the joy of living out of scripted life? You can enjoy life more when you just go with the flow. No matter if you have to start your career right from the scratch you will find that every job is meaningful. Job search is hard. It becomes even harder when you feel that you have no idea of what you would do for longevity in career.

However, no matter what you do for living as a job or nurturing a silent dream and passion for life, you should think of the job as an experience that will enrich your soul. The trick is to see something things from different point of view, and you will find the job more enjoyable.

Rather than getting stressed up and anxious about the future, all you have to do is to accept what life brings and go with the flow. Take a deep breath and relax, because towards the end, everything will happen naturally.

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job search

It is almost impossible to organize a job search without the use of technology – the Internet provides a wealth of networking and career search opportunities like never seen before. To make things even better, albeit more confusing, a new application for productivity and organization pops up about once every week or so, seducing you with promises of making your search ineffably neat and efficient.

 Unfortunately, more is not necessarily better (nor faster). If you’re a perfectionist like me, you would no doubt want to exhaust every single avenue for the best jobs possible. The information and knowledge to be found online can become overwhelming, to say the least.

 

Here are three ways to make your job search less mind-bending.

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 1. Narrow down your desired job choices

It is extremely tempting, especially as a brand new graduate, to want to try out for every and any job that seems interesting or simply doable. Unfortunately, this means the list of job possibilities would be too wide and too long to make any sense of.

Focus on a certain industry or job type that you are keen on pursuing in the long run. For example, don’t just stop at “I want to be a marketing executive” – step two should be narrowing that down to the industries that you would like to do marketing in, such as being a marketing executive in a F&B company, and so on.

 

Read also: Top 5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get a Call After Applying For a Job

 

2. Go low tech, reach out to your circles

Forget about all those productivity apps and monster job aggregation websites – most jobs aren’t posted. For a start, all you need is a simple word document, and your social networks. Once you have narrowed down your desired job choices, look through your contact list and see if any of your friends, relatives, or even acquaintances are currently working or know someone who is working in the particular industry – better still if they are working in the very company you want to join.

Don’t be shy. An employer will very much prefer to get referrals than having to spend those few hundreds posting job advertisements when their trusted colleague has a friend with skills that they are looking for. Send your resumes to your “network” which can include people from your school, relatives, former co-workers – people who can vouch for your character.

In fact, statistics show that employers are increasingly relying on internal referrals to find job prospects. Larry Nash, director of experienced and executive recruiting at Ernst & Young, claims that “a referral puts them in the express lane”. Indeed, your social network is your best bet for nailing the job of your dreams.

If you simply must use some application to aid your job search, I recommend using Dropbox to keep all your documents in a single, highly accessible location.

 

Read also: 3 Steps to Discerning Your Career

 

  3. Develop a job hunt system

If you don’t feel secure leaving your job chances to your social network, job search sites are your next best bet. However, don’t randomly dive head-first into the amalgamation of job descriptions. Create a routine for going through these sites.

Many of these job search sites, such as JobStreet.com.sg or JobCentral.com.sg, allow you to search for specific job titles and industries to quickly eliminate other job listings that you are not interested in. Bookmark the specific search pages that contain the jobs that you desire, and systematically run through them daily so that you can grab job postings as soon as they come up.

Additionally, certain job sites, such as Indeed.com.sg, even offer automated email updates for the specified keywords that you are looking for. Google Alerts also provides automatic alerts if there are any mentions of positions are looking to apply for online, which are sent straight to your email inbox. Such automated systems are extremely time-efficient, and can shave off several hours from your job search process. Utilize these to your advantage.

The job search process can be downright exhausting or even depressing. Do not let it get to that stage – keep it simple and sweet, and avoid over-cluttering yourself at any costs.