Focus on Professionals
Italy, July 24, 2017
Journalist: "We know the world is being transformed faster and faster, together with changes in jobs as well. Digital transformation for businesses, professionals, retired professionals, others who will take their place; changes that, even if they can frighten you, certainly offer great opportunities. These are among the main themes of the second edition of “Innovation Work: Occupations and Professionals of Tomorrow” event organized by the Association "Young Consultants of Work" in Turin which was held in the Piedmont city on July 19th. So let's see the interviews that Clara Vercelli collected for us."
L. Furfaro (President Young Workers Consultants Association): "We are just asking questions about this - we want to understand what's going to be in our future. It’s about 9 million jobs that will be lost with the advent of robots and mechanization, computerization of processes, digitization. We want to understand what this entails, what further developments may be because anticipating the worst of the hypothesis is easy but we must also talk about what will be created.
How to deal with the change? We need to be ready for change, to be informed about change, because if we remain rigid with change we will have no advantage, we will not react. But to change will be the real lever to deal with it positively. That is why we organized this event, just to try to figure out what may be the way to the future."
Journalist (C. Vercelli): "In fact this is the aspect that we can be afraid of, that advances in technology can produce new unemployment?"
A.M. Barberis (President of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of the Industrial Union in Turin): "Yes, in fact, this is the risk we are talking about. We see it differently in the sense that it is true this scares us as it has scared us in the past, like the other cases of previous Industrial Revolutions. When there is a change we said, it scares us. In reality, however, there are also great opportunities for creating new skills, having new skills, acquiring them, and then creating the conditions for people to acquire them and that they know how to reinvent themselves and also have an increase in qualifications, and therefore also for personal recognition."
Journalist (C. Vercelli): "So what are the professions of the future?"
A.M. Barberis (President of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of the Industrial Union in Turin): "They will be professions in which we’ll use technical expertise, perhaps tied to the computer world, and where soft skills will emerge much more, that is, people skills in this field will continue to make the difference, and that's where we have to point out personal skills like creativity, intuition, the ability to integrate different specific skills – having them is crucial."
G. Dettori (dPixel Primomiglio): "Today, the most requested professions, as they say, are not taught in schools. There is an acceleration of the markets, these professionals are very sought after. Only in software technology, in programming, a job gap of at least 180-200 thousand is estimated with a dearth of suitable applicants because of lack of programming capacity.
Then change as we say always frightens us, but there are also good opportunities for society. First of all, move us all to work with high added value; secondly, perhaps there will be a better balance in the meaning of work, in a world that accelerates innovation we will have new and more and more difficult problems to deal with. These problems will really require the invention of new crafts that today we do not know well what they are; so maybe the real theme is to deal with how to give the right tools to our children."
Journalist (C. Vercelli): "Data Scientist is really a new profession, the profession of the future?"
Viola Pettinati, Data Scientist: "Yes I think so, surely. It is an extremely interesting profession and also extremely helpful from my point of view. What we do is to process the great amount of data that is now available and translate them into concrete information. We work for companies, we work to support the management of other companies, so we can process these data and then give advice to managers on how they should make the decisions. So, yes, I consider this a very useful field. The data we have available grows more and more, and it makes some sense to think that now, of all the data we have, about 90% of them has been produced in the last two years. So this actually means that data increases and therefore we needs to know how to analyze it better and better."