It amazes me that the country is happily sleepwalking into a jobs crisis. Wake up people!
Have you noticed how many companies now make you do their work for them for FREE and then charge you for the pleasure?
I'm thinking self service tills, self service petrol pumps, people taking photos on their phones which are then used on BBC news, what now passes as online "journalism" which is simply idle chat pulled off facebook (or mumsnet), online banking, paying in machines, car park ticket machines, online check in.....
The list goes on. These are all jobs that once upon a time were done by actual human beings.
Even if that's accurate, then new types of job will exist.
Both dh and I have jobs that didn't exist when we were growing up. But we can both see the skills and interests that led us into these jobs, and can identify types of job that we each might have done in the past, before our current jobs were invented. In fact, in the course of my own career, I've transferred my skills and interests into several different jobs, retraining at times to do this.
I frequently point out all these facts to my teens, when they feel pressure to pick a single, set-in-stone career for themselves whilst they're still at school.
climbing Jobs crisis - a jobs crisis would be job creation for the sake of it.
As a customer, I just want to leave with my food/petrol/banking done. The fact that I have to physically scan the food myself etc doesn't matter to me as there are trade-offs (eg I can pack my food the way I like it). I don't go to the supermarket etc for the human interaction.
I love online check-in. It certainly beats queuing at the airport.
Businesses will always choose the most cost-effective/efficient way to dispense their goods. If the tech had been in place before they would have used it.
Online banking is "making us do their work for them for free". "Their work" is providing us with a service (banking, in this case). With online banking I can use that service at three in the morning if I need to, wearing my pyjamas. It's a massive improvement on having to go into the bank during certain short hours of the working week. And it isn't free - there's a huge cost (and jobs!) created in the underlying infrastructure.
But I can't argue with the point about lazy journalism.
If anything, we should worry that young people aren't receiving the type of education they need for the changing workplace and the skills that will be needed there. My dh works in a field where there's a worrying skills shortage (in our area, anyway), and schools are years behind in addressing this. He spends some of his time trying to plug the gap (for free) by mentoring clubs for kids and teenagers who are interested but can't access any teaching.
He works in IT, giraffe. Works with an organisation (I think there are a few) trying to address the skill shortage from grassroots level by running coding workshops for interested kids from about 7+. https://coderdojo.com/