Future of Work: Robots Need Not Apply

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm PDT

FACILITATOR: Martina Valkovicova, Assistant Dean, Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre 

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The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report 2018 states that "The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets." However, the predictions about the future of jobs vary. Some reports say that one fifth of the global workforce will be affected by AI, some say that 800 million workers will be displaced by automation. While this coming wave of automation is bound to impact the workplace, robots are less likely to take over roles dependent on human interaction.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the current state of work where the adoption of different waves of AI is influencing our lives: internet AI, business AI, perception AI, and autonomous AI
  • Gain insight into which skills are the most desirable for the future of work
  • Discover a three-step plan to keep your skills relevant throughout your career

About the Facilitator

Martina Valkovicova has 21+ years of experience across three continents (Europe, Africa and North America) in both public and private sectors. Career highlights include implementation of European Employment Services, coordinating IPO’s due diligence for an airline, managing portfolio of $250 mil. - venture capital and seed fund for SMEs and teaching social entrepreneurship in Africa. She is an avid reader - with a goal of 100 - 150 books annually. She is a future of work junkie and often pours through reports, books and videos on the topic. Her personal brand is defined by being a connector and developer and she loves her role with UBC Sauder where she gets to have the best of three worlds - interact with the market & employers, have impact on students from both systemic and individual perspective and lead a fantastic team.

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