Millennials from Ecuador say that their jobs help them little to prepare for the fourth industrial era
According to a survey by the US consultancy Deloitte, 91% of millennials (those born between 1982 and 1994) believe that technology will greatly benefit the way they work. But 51% say that the company in which they work is helping little to prepare for the so-called fourth industrial revolution or industry 4.0, defined by the connectivity with the inclusion of information and communication technologies.
22% respond that there is a lot of help in their work and 27% say there is not any. Deloitte conducted this survey to 10,455 millennials in 36 countries.
Fernando Alcívar, superintendent of the Mexichem Plastigama plant in Durán, in which there are robots, says that constant preparation is the way to respond to the challenges of industry 4.0. “Every time there are more people prepared in robotics, but it’s not enough.”
The age of the robot and artificial intelligence causes certain repetitive jobs to become obsolete, but there are also new opportunities, says Caterina Costa, president of the Chamber of Industries of Guayaquil. “You have to develop soft qualities (personality traits) that allow new generations to adapt to the changes that are coming,” he says.
Pablo Macías, 43, directs Proyección Futura, a qualified company for the collection and management of special waste. He hired a team of technological developers to create the digital platform B2RED, already available as a free application in the Play Store.
Through this tool, a waste generator, such as used tires or disused electronic devices, can coordinate the removal of these wastes for proper management and online submission of the required documentation.
The idea has been developed for two years and it works in Quito and next month it will be in Guayaquil. For Macías, one of the problems is the reach that technology has. “Not all people are digitally trained. Society in general must question the why of things, identify the problem and what the solutions can be, explore without fear of failure because that is what is learned. “
Jaime Macías, professor of the Espol, ensures that industry 4.0 needs expert personnel in new technologies such as data analysis, artificial intelligence, machine learning, nanotechnology, biotechnology. “All this is very important at this time for those who are going to occupy jobs.” (I)