Technology has never progressed at this pace as it is progressing today, it has almost become a necessity. Whether you like it or not, you are using it. And now, you absolutely must learn the basics of it too, to land good high-paying jobs or improve your performance if you are already in one. 

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly popular and integrated into our everyday lives. The rise of AI in recent years can be attributed to its increasing accessibility and the recognition of its potential by the general public.

Embracing it as a powerful tool can empower us in our careers and provide us with innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Why Do You Need To Learn AI?

Insights from Microsoft and LinkedIn confirm that people who lack technological skills are at a loss. Those who possess it, are attractive to employers and have better chances of landing top jobs. 

This particular research carried over 31 countries by surveying 30,000 individuals revealed a shocking trend, nearly 70% of leaders now prioritise AI proficiency over experience in hiring decisions. This implies that the younger generation who has AI knowledge at their fingertips is more advantageous than the seasoned older ones who lack these important skills. 

In an interview with CNBC Make It, Aneesh Raman, LinkedIn’s Vice President and workforce expert, said, “Learning basic AI skills — such as prompt engineering, machine learning, or data literacy — is the best insurance to shortcut your competitiveness against people who might have more experience.”

So GenZ, the digital-native generation is much more proactive in developing and using AI tools in their lives compared to millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers. 

The finding of these two tech giants also reveals that 77% of leaders are inclined to impart bigger and better responsibilities to early-career professionals with AI expertise. 

General Manager of Microsoft Copilot and co-founder of Microsoft WorkLab, Colette Stallbaumer, said, “Less than two years after generative AI burst onto the scene, we’re seeing this technology being woven into the fabric of work across a wide range of industries. This is happening at a pivotal time where the pressure, volume, and pace of work from the COVID-19 pandemic has hardly let up. Employees are overwhelmed and turning to AI for help.

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The report also says that it is not only the engineering and programming sectors that have seen a sharp surge in the adoption of generative AI tools in their workplaces but also sectors such as architecture, project management and administration.

Traditionally non-tech industries such as finance, healthcare and marketing are integrating AI technologies to streamline their operations and increase productivity. 

This rapid AI dependence is creating a very high demand for professionals who have such skills at their fingertips.

The Where And How’s Of It: 

Companies such as Google and Amazon have started investing in teaching their workforce AI skills. But not all companies are going to follow in their footsteps. Microsoft and LinkedIn’s report found that only 25% of companies are planning to offer training on generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot.

Thus, most people are opting for dozens of online courses offered by companies such as IBM and Ivy League institutions such as Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. 

When I think about the first job I had, a lot of what I was doing was answering the phone, organizing files, and that’s still the case for a lot of people,” said Lydia Logan, IBM’s vice president of global education and workforce development.

Many of those administrative tasks that can now be automated with AI, which leaves room for entry-level workers to take on the kind of responsibilities someone one or even two levels above them on the corporate ladder might have,” she added. 

Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been taking jobs, it has also become a source of promotion and incentives. Whether you like it or not, you have to master it. Change in time requires lifestyle change too.

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Sources: Microsoft, Moneycontrol, CNBC 

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