Rise of the machines
Prospects delivers the National Careers Service in London, the South West and the West Midlands as well as providing the service in South Yorkshire, as part of the Careers Yorkshire and the Humber Consortium.
Technology is not putting jobs at risk! Keynote speaker Roy Meredith amazed some delegates who held an opposing view at the National Careers Service Inspiration Team’s fourth annual conference, Rise of the Machines.
In a captivating input at the event, held at Aston University on 3 May 2018, Roy, Senior Business Manager at West Midlands Growth Company, Birmingham, outlined the exciting possibility that ‘Industry 4.0’, the fourth Industrial Revolution, could actually create roles for humans who will be needed to control the robots of the future and concerns about jobs should be tempered.
The conference aimed to showcase how technology would affect jobs of the future and is affecting jobs now. The technological flavour of the event saw teachers and career professionals involved in an immersive, virtual reality-centric exhibition and a sixth form group of students competing in an engineering challenge, culminating in a race-off between their air-propelled car designs.
Closing speaker, Deidre Hughes OBE, continued the message underpinning the day’s events that the future is bright for our young people providing we remain ‘restless’ in our work and encourage them to develop the transferrable skills and attitudes needed for them to embrace change.
In final evaluations, delegates said they found the event:
“Really interesting and actually quite reassuring about the future.”
“It also made me realise my value as a careers professional in building capability.”