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Spent the last twenty minutes on the phone with a recruiter. He was trying to see if I was open to travel and temporary assignments. I have been fortunate enough to be in a high demand industry and have recruiters hawking me all the time. Recently I decided to go ahead and speak with one, perhaps three months ago. At the time, I was thinking about where I would be in the next 6 months to 1 year. I have many options, and its just a matter of where I would like to go. Now I am not saying this to brag, because there are tons of folks out there that have the freedom to go where they want, when they want. My life is not like that at all.
Anyway, back to the story, you see, he got my information from another recruiter, the one I spoke with three months ago. Funny thing is, he didn’t know any of my back story. The one I told the previous recruiter. Now, my question is this, if you are a recruiter, wouldn’t you make it your business to know the person’s story? I mean, you can easily look someone up on linkedin or Facebook. If you call someone, take 5 minutes before the call to brush up on their profiles. Let’s just say he kinda rubbed me wrong. But hey, he is just doing his job right? So I can let it go, bigger fish to fry as we say.
During the conversation, I mentioned a recent article I read, http://news.stanford.edu/2017/01/25/artificial-intelligence-used-identify-skin-cancer/. In the article, we are introduced to artificial intelligence which can identify skin cancers as good as a dermatologist. I have also read of AI replacing radiologists. Very fascinating and intriguing. This brings me to other thoughts. Perhaps my job isn’t as secure as I once thought. Maybe I can be replaced by deep learning algorithms or artificial intelligence. He laughed, not thinking much of it.
Suppose Martin Ford is right, in his book, Rise of the Robots. Maybe we are looking at shrinking middle class due to displacement of capable workers. That may be partially to blame. I mean, we are already seeing check out workers being replaced by kiosks. Even fast food order takers.
We need to always be reevaluating, rethinking, and preparing ourselves for life’s unexpected happenings. Because, guess what, they are not that unexpected. We know that jobs will be lost, health will deteriorate, shit happens. We can do something about it. We can plan for the unexpected. Roll with the punches, make hay while the sun shines.
I say have a plan B. You never know when it will become your plan A. Do you have a plan B? Post a comment, let’s hear about it.