Yesterday we attended the “Jobs 4.0: the future of work” organized by CESSI (Argentina's Software Companies Chamber) at CEMA University. Among the main speakers, we listened to Daniel Laco (Talent Commission at CESSI), Nestor Nocetti (Co-founder at Globant) and Alan Schulte, Linkedin’s Head of South Latam.
The event highlighted the current perspective of employment and the incidence of technology in education, starting from the idea that it is fundamental to reconsider the current educational system from the high school level onwards. Since the technological progress is accelerating its pace, it was outlined that information technology is not being considered for the new syllabuses offered by university and post-secondary education sectors.
Pablo Cosso, Principal of Computing Departmet at UBA Engineering Faculty stated that notwithstanding the proposal of continuous reviews in the content of the curricula of the Faculty it is necessary to stress the need of stimulating the students so they could get involved with information technology since their infancy. It is also important that women take a more significant role in these activities. Some organizations are taking the lead, for example CESSI organizes workshops around renowed women in technology with the objective of encouraging the interest of girls in coding and related technology activities. These workshops would eventually eradicate the notion that technology is just for men. Besides ir was pointed out thar technological training should be considered as a lifelong training given the changing nature of technology.
On the other hand, it was acknowledge that some jobs are starting to disappear and that is estimated that 400.000 to 800.00 jobs would be replaced by artificial intelligence globally in the next years. It is therefore, fundamental to start generating strategies aimed at occupational transfer. This process consists of relocating workforce in other areas that cannot be automated and thus require human intervention. It is of fundamental importance to invest in training and human resources development that help to give a differential service adding value to both, internal and external clients.
Today, multinational companies are developing different politics aimed at training people that belong to vulnerable sectors in new technologies so they can be included in the labour market. At the same time these policies can aid in the shortage of human resources that is common in the sector. Beyond all these measures it is also vital to invest time and resources in policies that have the main objective of promoting loyalty among current employees and attracting new talent.
Finally, it was stressed that is importat to train people in soft skills that are essential to reach more and better career opportunities. But at the same time the panel stated that those soft skills are not being taught in the Argentine educational system.
In conclusion, the event emphasized that investment it is key for the future of employment to be able to introduce information technologies from an early stage, specially in education. This entails a change in the educational paradigm both at an institutional and business levels generating a favorable result in the future of work.