In the previous article, I explored the digital disruption of our lifestyles and the way we learn new skills and knowledge. In this article, I explore the other two of the four personal impacts of digital disruption: career disruption and market disruption.
Young people and society as a whole are most concerned about these two disruptions; they directly affect the welfare of many nations.
Digital technologies have permeated every industry and market. The costs of acquiring technologies have gone down, making it easier for non-technology industries to adopt digital technologies. Industries such as the automotive industry and finance industry became pioneers in adopting digital technologies.
Most manufacturing shop floors and assembly lines use robotics instead of human labour. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and 3D Printing (sometimes called Additive Manufacturing) influence digitalisation of manufacturing. New players enter the finance market daily, disrupting the incumbents with new financial technologies. The result is a new hyper-connected digital economy.
No sector of society is left untouched! Even the church is disrupted! For example, in our Loveworld nation, we are witnessing rapid adoption of social media technologies as platforms for church growth! You now can participate in church services, either onsite or online. You can give your offering in the church or online via KingsPay.
Young people start their careers with this business reality. You may be preparing for a career and market opportunity which do not yet exist!
How can you stay abreast with this fast-paced world of technology? It is by embracing a mindset of continuous learning, inquiry, critical thinking and growth. Stay in touch with the latest trends and thinking in the space of technology and entrepreneurship. Empower yourself and lay the solid foundation to be part of the next generation of technology luminaries.
History of technology development shows that the technology luminaries of today started as young people. History will not only repeat itself, but new histories will be made.
So, what do you think? What are your views about this fascinating world of entrepreneurship and technology? Are we touching all the issues, interests and concerns you have about the digital economy and your place in it as a young person?
I come from the beautiful port city of East London in South Africa. I’m an activist for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. I’m a big-picture thinker, with interest in ideas that can make our world a better place. That’s why I’m a technology enthusiast, always exploring what’s the next innovation in the digital economy. I’m currently enrolled in a Global MBA with the University of London, and also an Advanced Diploma in Financial Markets with the University of Johannesburg, South Africa