One thing we take very seriously at Reverse Tide is thinking about the future. Why is this so important?
First, when you’re investing a lot of time, money, and effort in learning skills, you want to make sure that skill is relevant today but will stay relevant tomorrow. For example, before you launch a 4-5 year degree program in accounting, you should be aware that a lot of smart people are trying to use artificial intelligence to automate that job (and will soon succeed). So hypothetically, you may graduate with obsolete skills. The same goes for someone spending $100k on a law degree, which is another job that will be heavily automated. Admissions officers, career counselors, and your parents probably aren’t following such trends closely enough to realize this and are thus not helping you make good decisions in your education. It’s up to you to think about these future trends.
Secondly, we don’t want you to find yourself in a career that is due to be automated. We have a list of 40 industries and common jobs that will substantially change due to tech advances. So if your current or target job is on that list, we want you to prepare for that NOW.
And third, the future is filled with some really exciting technology advances and some incredible opportunities. It would be much more beneficial to be on the cutting edge of trends and technology. You will have constant demand for your skills and likely make a lot of money. So we want to encourage people into the skills, industries, and jobs that will benefit most from the future we see coming.
So how can students think about the future?
The first place to start is by subscribing to Reverse Tide’s “The Future” page. You can follow us on social media, join our email list, or follow the site. We will be posting regular perspectives on what is happening, what predictions we have, and how you can position yourself well if these predictions come true.
Second, try to start reading more about these futuristic subjects. Pick from the laundry list of interesting topics: virtual reality, artificial intelligence, drones, robotics, alternative energy, Internet of Things, blockchain, biotech, and anything else you find interesting. And if a particular industry interests you, consider a hefty reading list that helps identify key trends specific to that subject.
Third, consider building your skills so you’re positioned to work with the most innovative companies and thinkers. Our two favorite learning areas are Programming and Marketing (click for our learning paths). By building those skills using our cost-effective learning path and then freelancing to get experience, you’re doing yourself a huge favor.
Fourth, we encourage you to build your own perspective. Don’t just take our predictions (or anyone else’s) as gospel. Think about what you think will happen.
Fifth, try to take proactive action. The more you can make things happen on your own, the better you will be. Whether that’s writing a blog, starting a business, or building a great freelancing business, you’re furthering the cause toward being successful. And if you’re out traveling like a Roaming Student and talking to people everywhere, you’ll see tons of opportunities to do something special.
You’re in a unique position. Traditional education sources are notoriously bad about understanding trends and preparing students for the future. Just by being on Reverse Tide and thinking independently, you’re way ahead of most. Now it’s time to take it to the next level!