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Uni Students Biggest Fear: Graduating Only to Find That AI is Taking Your Job

The rise of AI

After years of endless assignments deadlines and late-night study sessions, the reality of finding a job can be a shock to the system. It is hard enough competing against hundreds of other graduates, but now we face the additional – and somewhat undefinable – threat of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The exponential rise of AI has left many of us wondering if our hard-earned skills are still relevant in this ever-evolving technological landscape.

5 Tips for Maximising AI

At Mint, our in-house team includes students undertaking or just completing under -and-post graduate qualifications. While the prospect of competing against AI for future careers could cause major stress, our team approach is to embrace the many tools that AI offers, realising that there will always be a role for the human touch! So, here are some tips for staying ahead of the curve and being prepared to utilise AI in your industry – collated by Mint’s very own gen-z team, who understand the stress of being a student in the age of technology.

  1. Develop a growth mindset and embrace a lifelong learning mentality. If you stay up-to-date on the latest AI trends and advancements in your industry, and seek out educational resources, online courses and certifications to upskill, you will remain relevant and valuable in the market. The alternative is to spiral down a rabbit hole of endless YouTube videos and LinkedIn posts from experts about AI in every sector.
  2. Identify areas within your industry where human expertise and skills are highly valued. Focus on developing specialised knowledge and becoming an expert in a specific domain. By carving out a niche, you can position yourself as an indispensable asset to any AI-driven organisation. And even if finding your niche may seem as overwhelming as the thought of AI itself, start by considering the aspects of work or your study area that you truly enjoy.
  3. Foster adaptability and flexibility. Embrace change, be open to new opportunities in the AI era and develop a versatile skill set that allows you to pivot and adapt as technologies evolve. Your willingness to continuously reinvent your professional self will be invaluable to employers who are also trying their best to keep up with the latest technological changes.
  4. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer! If you begin to embrace AI as a collaborator rather than a competitor and explore ways to integrate AI technology into your work, you will leverage its capabilities to your own advantage. Seek out opportunities to work alongside AI systems to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Try out the AI platforms that are highly recommended for your industry and see if they would benefit your work. You may find that they offer a quick and efficient starting point, but the execution of the work is best done by you!
  5. Embrace your humanity… or at least your uniquely human skills. Invest in strengthening your uniquely human qualities that AI cannot replicate. Nurture your creativity and visionary thinking to drive innovation and problem-solving. Develop your communication, emotional intelligence, and empathy skills to forge meaningful connections with clients, colleagues, and stakeholders. People still respond best to other people. And remember, if the concept of AI is threatening to you (a digital native and graduate), it’s probably even more alarming to many in the older generations!

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