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Changing economy

It is always interesting to watch different job types go up and down with supply and demand.  The best example that I have seen in recent years is those who are skilled in graphics on computers as well as working programmes like Photoshop.  Ten or 15 years ago there were very few people who had those skills, but now there are more and more and you can go onto various websites and find people who can edit, in great detail, your photographs for $5 etc.  More and more people are acquiring the skills and so ultimately the price that one has to pay to get people with those skills is going to go down.  It is one of the big mistakes that a lot of people will learn who have what they consider children who are very talented with various computer apps or programs now.  Eventually, there will be hundreds of thousands if not millions of people in every country who are very good with those programs or apps computers and there is not going to be a demand for that number of people.  They will thus obviously be paid a lot less money as will anybody who is allegedly skilled with an iPhone or designing apps for iPhones, etc.  You have to try and stay ahead of the curve, not behind the curve, and people who are developing those skills now, in those fields, are behind the curve.  The time to have had those skills was 10 to 20 years ago and to start developing skills in those areas now is really not going to help you when so many people have them already.  Certainly, right now, the one skill that your children do not need is to be “good” at using an iPhone, iPad or a computer. The basic skills that everyone has are more than good enough and they don’t need to spend hundreds of hours on those.

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Brenda Du Toit   said:
on Monday 18-Feb-19 03:46 PM
So true everything has changed. Technology is making everything so much harder .It's also important to enjoy what you do because you will do it for the rest of your life.

Ashleigh  said:
on Friday 08-Feb-19 08:57 AM
There are sooo many skills required in the IT industry just because of how technology keeps changing. My children are Technology fanatics. They even gaining skills from you tube video's itself.

Prishani  said:
on Wednesday 06-Feb-19 01:59 PM
Bing Tec savvy in today’s modern world is the best thing the younger generation can do! I have no doubt that many schools have gone digital and I am pretty sure that almost all universities now do all sorts of testing on computers!

Sinead  said:
on Tuesday 05-Feb-19 01:54 PM
Yip. Very true. You have to have a different set of skills now for technology in the next 10 years. Technology is ever changing so you have to be way ahead of the times to stay ahead of the game.

Cornelie  said:
on Tuesday 05-Feb-19 12:23 PM

I have seen my 3 year old with an IPAD and its shocking how clever he is with it he now have certain times with it otherwise he will not be interested to play outside from which I have seen.

Tersia  said:
on Tuesday 05-Feb-19 07:40 AM
I would far more rather want to have the skills to be able to work with my hands, to able to make anything or create anything. People probably think because everything these days are on cell phones and computers and internet and apps that you need to know all about them, but there are so many skills that you would still need in your day to day that has nothing to do with technology. Technology has taken over in such way that people have assumed without it there will be nothing and you will also not able to do anything.

Liz  said:
on Monday 04-Feb-19 05:11 PM
This is so true. Every second person nowadays is good with some sort of technology and it is up to the younger generation to establish what there is a demand for currently or what will be in demand in the near future.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 04-Feb-19 09:28 AM
You truly have to be great with technology better than anyone else to actually succeed in the field, as a lot of people already have some sort of tech savy in them.

Shristi  said:
on Sunday 03-Feb-19 05:14 PM
Due to technology always evolving I think that jobs in the IT field will always be in demand not only in South Africa but all over the world.

Tamaryn  said:
on Friday 01-Feb-19 02:23 PM
To be "talented" with computers now days is no great feat given that most people who have grown up around computers and technology are proficient in some way or another. It is true that you'd need to stay ahead of the curve - development, innovation and research.

Zindy  said:
on Thursday 31-Jan-19 09:07 AM
There are to many people in the same fields nowadays, The fortunate people that do study further settle for average jobs anyways because Jobs are scarce to come by in this Country. Companies want experience with degrees ect but there are few that will give someone the opportunity as they don't have time to train or they do not employ a higher pay grade where they can get someone that is not so qualified to do the same job for a lesser expense for the company so many people I have heard of is now over qualified for positions. I mean is there even such a thing? But everyone needs to start somewhere to get where you need to be.

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Wednesday 30-Jan-19 04:27 PM
I think every country has its own "in demand jobs" and skills required. It is not easy to identify which area has a shortage especially considering so much can change in the same amount of time it takes for you to obtain your degree. So rather just do what you love and perhaps what you are realistically good at.

Nikita  said:
on Wednesday 30-Jan-19 04:23 PM
I think its important to also show our children that working with your hands and being able to work with people is also a skill that can never go out of fashion.

Henrietta  said:
on Friday 25-Jan-19 04:02 PM
I think with our technology and the future technology still coming will make it so much harder and more competitive for our children and their children' futures and profession. I agree 10 year ago this skill would have been amazing and even though it's still amazing today and we benefit from the prices they not making a living.

Melissa  said:
on Friday 25-Jan-19 01:24 PM
Technology is drastically changing everyday, so a person has to reconsider what to study these days. Study something that not everyone can do

Lucretia  said:
on Friday 25-Jan-19 08:45 AM
I have to agree. Our country is crying out for your good old fashion artisans, tradesmen, etc. In my family alone, we have had so many people immigrate and their qualifications were in the trade. I often say, "I wish I had spent the money I did on studying positions that are now becoming replaced by computers, on a trade". Nothing wrong with a woman electrician, etc.

Natasha  said:
on Friday 25-Jan-19 08:20 AM
It is very scary how things is busy changing.The graphics and technology is changing so much.Some schools ask you these days to buy your child a tablet I mean where is the days when you use to do everything on paper and do things outside,but i guess with the technology that has been developing so much,our children have to keep up and understand.

Helen  said:
on Friday 25-Jan-19 07:49 AM
It is good and well that the technology is growing everyday and lots of jobs were already replaced by robots but looking at the list of 2022 human skills such as creativity, originality and initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation, attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and complex problem-solving, emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence as well as service orientation - all those human skills will never be replaced by robots!

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Thursday 24-Jan-19 12:36 PM
It's scary and fascinating to see how technology is evolving.
Humans should make themselves indispensable as Michelle D mentioned as Humanoid robots are the future.
I know on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon he had a Humanoid robot on his show can't remember her name but she was so realistic she could even have a conversation and also expressed emotion to different questions some countries have robots working in stores already.

Thabitha  said:
on Thursday 24-Jan-19 09:37 AM
So true everything has changed, technology on the other hand is changing lots of things and you can tell in future more jobs will be done by robots and computers

Michelle D  said:
on Thursday 24-Jan-19 08:43 AM
There are so many videos and news stories out there describing what jobs will be replaced by machines in the future. People already feel that their jobs are threatened by automation. The fiasco that ensued at the HPCSA at the end of last year may be used as one such example. In the future most jobs done by robots and the only way to survive is to adapt to the times, make yourself indispensable by being a part of the automation.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Thursday 24-Jan-19 08:22 AM
It's scary to think that the economy changes on a yearly basis. To think that certain jobs are now substituted by machinery. I do believe that certain jobs will never be substituted or out of demand.

Sarah  said:
on Wednesday 23-Jan-19 03:44 PM
IT is high in demand these days, times are changing due to technology improving more and more over the years. It is also bad for the environment as well.

Jadine E  said:
on Tuesday 22-Jan-19 12:41 PM
Times are ever changing what might have been needed today will not be the same for tomorrow because of a high intake of the needed skills.

For example people might hear a lot of nurses say estimate of 1500 are needed for a particular place but then there would be over 3000 applying and studying in the same direction.

Jessica M  said:
on Monday 21-Jan-19 02:10 PM
Well I am so glad my son would like to be an astronaut rather than anything with technology. I will always motivate my children to take up something that most find to hard or not interested in. I know that too many people doing the same thing limits one to any opportunities.

Zandelee  said:
on Friday 18-Jan-19 07:06 AM
I do believe that there will be a huge market for students who can code in the next few years!

Jadine Richards  said:
on Thursday 17-Jan-19 04:21 PM
Absolutely agree with you here. There are so many people studying IT etc at the moment and very soon the market will be flooded. I suppose people and especially in South Africa with the current economic situation, people don't see further then what is going to get them a job right now and are not adequately considering the future. Additionally, kids growing up in these times are constantly on the devices and the "skills" being developed are going to be a norm and not so much a skill.

courtney  said:
on Thursday 17-Jan-19 10:40 AM
Its actually so important to teach our children to do different things, nothing lasts forever. It's also more important to enjoy what you do cause you'll be doing it for the rest of your life.

brumilde  said:
on Thursday 17-Jan-19 07:04 AM
It true, one cant guess what will be in high need. IT by it self as well, many years ago not many people could do it, now everybody studies IT. but new jobs are also created everyday with new demands.

Fikile  said:
on Wednesday 16-Jan-19 12:03 PM
It is so scary to have so many people doing the something, the part that is scary the most is when they break your stuff, i prefer to use the same person with everything am going through with my computer or even my phone.

Bianca T  said:
on Tuesday 15-Jan-19 02:54 PM
There are so many people doing the same thing, you'll never know who to use and who not

Angelica Canosa  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 05:40 PM
I agree with this article. There are enough "copy cats" we need individuals who can not only do the now "average skills" but can go beyond that. More creativity, ambition and thinking out of the box is needed.

Megan  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 10:45 AM
I read somewhere that people wished manuals were easier to follow and the steps more simplified. People have different minds - some analytical and others intuitive/instinctive. Not everyone is able to do certain things and if your mind isn't say 'creative' then it would be best to leave the job to those who are, if you're in graphic design etc you can't learn to be creative or an out the box thinker. If we followed suit then fields wouldn't be so saturated.

Victoria  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 09:49 AM
I agree the economy is definitely changing and very quickly. People are learning more skills and not needing other skilled people to help them like you said. Everyone needs to find a way to stay ahead of the curve for sure.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 08:33 AM
I think that skills like these will increase as you have said here. Technology improves and increases on a daily basis and gets more and more incorporated into our lives. It thus makes sense that the skills associated therewith will also increase. The trick now is to find the ones that are actually good at it.

Alexis  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 08:33 AM
Ther e a re certain professions that will never become out of fashion to say the least...but graphics etc type of jobs is not a necessity to say the least and peaople are learning everyday as it is more accessible. But I will agree with Bianca to say that the world is constantly changing and it is best to try and stay ahead

Bianca N  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 08:29 AM
Times are constantly changing and we need to develop our skills accordingly. Especially teach our children how to do more than just work technological devices.


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