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These four jobs will soon go bye-bye

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July 15, 2016
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Don’t panic! You won’t lose your job tomorrow. But thanks to the ongoing digital revolution, Generation Z will live in a world where these four jobs will morph into something else entirely…and that’s good news.

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Thanks to modern technology, our workplace changes fast these days. Jobs that didn’t exist yesterday suddenly become indispensable; others job are doomed to quietly disappear or give way to new ones. You’ll probably be seeing fewer and fewer postal workers around, as snail mail becomes a relic of the past. On the other hand, we’re bound to start hearing about certified Pokémon GO consultants any day now.

Similarly, some corporate positions will also go the way of the dodo. They won’t disappear completely, mind you. They’ll simply adapt to the modern age. Here are four of them, but I’m sure you can think of more.

HR Manager

Guess what? Traditional 9-to-5 is dying. Freelancing is the future. Studies predict that 40% of US workers will be independent by 2020. Generation Z is simply not keen on sticking to a single employer. That’s why the traditional HR Manager will have to go.

In the future, HR Managers will become Community managers. These will be people who’re skilled at networking and picking the right specialists for the right tasks. Their job will be to create a winning team for each project.

Product Development

To be clear, as long as there are products, there’ll always be people responsible for their development. Yet consumerization will have a bigger impact in the future. Consumers will influence product development in a way that’s much more direct than what we see today. That’s why traditional product development departments will see some jobs “outsourced” to consumers.

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Going forward, instead of the same people working in the same product department, we’ll have flexible, project-based teams that engage with customers and switch to new development tasks on an ongoing basis.


Here, I’m referring to the popular stereotype of a reclusive coder hunched over a keyboard in a remote IT department. Coding will definitely remain a valuable skill, but it will move elsewhere. Where, exactly?

To code-savvy marketing and sales people. Let’s face it: Content management systems are becoming easier to use. Thanks to visual editors and specialized tools, even relative beginners will be able to do a decent job without the help of IT. On top of that, once more Generation Zs enter the workforce, they’ll bring innate coding skills with them. In the future, everyone is a coder.

Social Media Manager

When social media was still in its infancy, this job made good sense. Businesses needed someone to handle this new and curious world of social media. Even now, there are plenty of companies who need social media managers to steer the flow of communication on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere.

But as with coding, social media is second nature to Generation Z. That’s why all employees will eventually be responsible for a company’s social media presence, with a few helpful guidelines from a communications department.

This transformation of traditional jobs is good news. It simply means that new, more exciting opportunities are in store for all of us. Your dream job might not exist today, but it may be just around the corner.

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