Unemployment these days is rapidly increasing at an alarming rate, specially in third world countries such as the Philippines. And according to many, one of the cause of such increase in unemployment is automation or technology as a whole. People now worried that in the near future robots and AI would replace their job. Technology may have something to do with it. And it should not be blamed for such increase in unemployment.
According to surveys, increasing unemployment is not because of technology alone but rather a mixture of skills shortage and job creation. What this means is that a certain company has a job opening but people who are applying does not have the skills to do the job.
Technology for its part is not really the cause of such increase. In fact, it helps people find jobs easily through the internet and job listings websites such as seek.com. Social Media like LinkedIn helps job seekers, recruiters, and companies connect with each other thereby increasing their chance of landing a job. Technology is not the enemy of the unemployed. But rather an ally which can help them achieve their career goals.
With this, I strongly disagree that technology is greatly responsible for today’s increase in unemployment. This is because if we use technology wisely, it can help us gain new skills. And improving our existing skills helps us increase our employability. Unemployment is just a matter of doing the right things to get yourself noticed by prospective employer. And technology can surely help you with this.
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