How traditional careers are being digitised and transformed
“When I grow up, I want to be a teacher.”
“I want to be a lawyer.”
“I want to be a digitally enabled wealth management advisor with a specialisation in mobile development.”
Once upon a time, all children had to do was choose a career from a rather short list of mummy and daddy-approved jobs, enrol in uni, and begin their careers. Nowadays, the road to a successful job is wrought with niche specialisations and qualifications, memberships to professional organisations, accreditations, and a whole lot more that can easily cloud the career-seeker’s mind.
To have a successful career is the aspiration of many, but with the complicated nature of today’s jobs how can we equip ourselves with not just tools, but the right tools, to ensure we’re unstoppable at whatever we do?
The name of the job game today is mobile tech, and the best ideas for new mobile apps come from those who live and breathe a career day-to-day. Short online courses in app development are a great way to learn the basics behind how mobile apps are made, helping you learn quickly so you can produce highly specialised digital tools that create tangible value for your profession. No matter if you’re in education, law, or finance, career aspirations will improve tenfold if they’re supplemented by education in mobile tech.
The new ABCs: Tech for teachers
If you think teaching students to write a good email is the modern equivalent to dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s, think again. Digital technology is the new literacy, so it’s essential for teachers to incorporate mobile digital learning tools into their curricula to position students for success in the future.
Children today are essentially born with a smartphone in their hands, so it’s the job of teachers to equip themselves with a foundation in mobile coding to both engage with students as well as give them the digital education they need. While there are already heaps of online educational tools that can help students improve their e-literacy, teachers must look at how digital technology, and specifically mobile technology, is an essential part of almost every profession.
Once they understand how mobile environments are designed and built, teachers can integrate this into daily, weekly, monthly, and semester-long learning objectives to give students a leg up as they prepare to enter the workforce. Although modern students are already more digitally enabled than ever before, they need the guidance of coding-savvy educators to give them the best chance at success later in life.
It’s mobile knowledge or redundancy for lawyers
Law requires a whole lot of knowledge to do properly, but all of this knowledge is quickly becoming digitised. For example, there are already software programs that allow a layperson to download generic legal information, like website terms and conditions, reducing the need to hire a lawyer. What does this mean for today’s Australian lawyers?
It means their jobs are at risk of automation.
With this rapid rate of digitisation, knowledge of mobile software development is no longer an option for lawyers — it’s a necessity. The lawyers who have success in their careers will be those who understand the ins and outs of mobile software creation.
Just knowing how legal apps are conceived and built will give lawyers a huge advantage.
Don’t fret — it’s not necessary for lawyers to become iOS coding experts overnight. Just knowing how legal apps are conceived and built will give lawyers a huge advantage. iOS Swift development knowledge, for example, benefits today’s lawyers in two major ways. First, it allows lawyers to collaborate with app developers throughout app development to produce mobile software tools that are indispensable to lawyers. Second, it gives lawyers an insider’s view into how the apps are being built so that they can future-proof their careers by ensuring their type of law isn’t at risk of becoming redundant. Automation is around the corner in almost all parts of law, and the best defence is mobile development education.
Finance technology (FinTech)
In an industry dominated by numbers (not to mention patterns and trends), finance has experienced some of the greatest disruption by what’s known as FinTech, or finance technology. Some have even alluded to a “blur in the dividing line between finance and technology,” with Citigroup predicting that as many as 1.7 million U.S. and European banking jobs will be lost to automation by 2025.
If that’s not a reason to upskill in digital ASAP, we don’t know what is. As the finance and technology worlds become increasingly integrated, FinTech developer jobs are set to skyrocket. And while technology has led the FinTech revolution thus far, one of the most sought-after skills is going to be workers with a primary background in finance who have augmented their skillset with mobile development — not the other way around. And the best part is, augmenting these skills won't take loads of time out of your schedule. Rather, just by dedicating just a small amount of time you can set yourself way ahead in your industry and set yourself up for new opportunities.
For instance, A.N.Z.’s mobile app Grow by ANZ was created with a consumer focus, with quick views of customers’ most-used accounts all instantly accessible from the home screen. The app’s intuitive roadmap wouldn’t have been possible if it had been built by a team of techies alone. It required input from finance professionals with a tech background — an essential part of any finance CV in the near future. FinTech doesn’t work without technology or finance, so if you’ve already got the finance background nailed down then the next step is an education in mobile technology.
Teaching, law, and finance are not the only career paths that require a robust knowledge of mobile development to ensure a steel-strong future.