Many times in your career in order to succeed you simply have to put yourself in the right place at the right time. If you're in the wrong place at the wrong time then you could end up laid off and forced back into the job market again, even though you were highly skilled and widely considered a valuable contributor or leader at your company.
A shining example is yesterday's leading smartphone company, Blackberry who was the #1 industry leader for years before iPhone and Android took over viciously.
The same happened to PALM who invented the "hand top computer" before underestimating the power of full featured smart phone makers, like Blackberry.
If you worked at these companies then you should have seen the writing on the wall and made the difficult decision to head for greener pastures.
Well, many times it’s not the company itself that’s to blame it’s the industry.
If the industry makes a clear pivot and changes directions and your company is not up to speed or leading the innovation then you should be concerned. Nothing causes more people to lose their job than a complacent employer.
If your company is losing market share and customers, it won’t be long until it starts to shed employees and the next pink slip could be yours.
In order to help you avoid this unsavory fate in the next decade, here is the hottest industry that you should consider joining and what you can do now to get involved:
Everything is going robotic and I’m not talking about my favorite dance move either.
Why? Well it’s obvious isn’t it? Robots don’t call in sick for work, or complain, or tell lies about other employees in the break room.
Robots provide predictable results, which is the golden grail of profit margins.
This does paint a bleak picture for some positions such as labor-intensive low value add jobs as they will be eliminated whenever possible to save operating budgets, however this creates a HUGE opportunity. Someone has to design, install, configure, support, and maintain the robots.
This may as well be you.
Therefore, here are the skills that you should seek to enter the robotics industry:
- Certificate in Robotics Engineering
- Certified Robotics Production Technician (CRPT)
- Certified Education Robot Training (CERT)
- Certificate in 3D Printing-Rapid Prototyping
- Degree or certificate of 3D Design
3D printing is just one small slice of this new and growing robotic industry and it is predicted to revolutionize manufacturing in America.
The idea is simple, why ship products from China if you can “print” them in Atlanta?
Now it’s over to you.
Have you ever thought about working with robots?
I hope this article gives you some ideas to consider about your career over the next ten years.
Thanks for sharing your point of view.
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