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Tech threat or opportunity?

Technological advancements have made our lives easier, but more than one-third of Canadians fear the demise of their jobs, thanks to the digital age.

Findings of a recent Randstad Workmonitor study indicated that 32 per cent of Canadian employees surveyed are worried their roles will become obsolete as machines become the cheaper and easier go-to for some work.

More than one-third of Canadians fear the demise of their jobs thanks to advances in technology

Employees in 33 countries took part in the study, which also found that 68 per cent of Canadians see the impact of technology as an opportunity. Tom Turpin, president of Randstad Canada, points to how the digital age continually creates new job opportunities.

“Technology has also grown entirely new industries and occupations such as app designers, digital marketing specialists, big data architects or social media managers,” said Turpin. According to the study, employees can embrace the digital revolution by staying engaged in industry innovations, being the first to introduce new tools, systems or processes and taking advantage of company training programs, both internal and external. ◊