Abang Johari: Advent of IR4.0, AI to influence career options
Posted on : 06 Oct 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (third row from front, eighth right) and Abdul Samat – on his right – show their thumbs-up during a group photo with members of the organising committee and seminar participants.

KUCHING: Conventional career options will be transformed as a country or a state’s economy undergoes changes, especially in the era of Industry Revolution (IR) 4.0 or Artificial Intelligence (AI), says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He points out that the knowledge obtained via degree courses offered by universities can be applied as a foundation, as one ventures into other fields or industries.

“Having such knowledge will assist in widening one’s career path. The knowledge learned can be your foundation as you explore other career options as knowledge is an asset,” he said during a seminar on ‘Career Venture in Highly Demanded Profession’ conducted by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Satok Education Bureau at Yayasan Sarawak auditorium along Jalan Sultan Tengah here yesterday.

Abang Johari added that Sarawak did not experience absolute poverty but only relative poverty, in the sense that the people had assets such as land but they did not take advantage or monetise these assets.

He said the prospect of Sarawak was promising because its economy would continue to expand and new job opportunities created.

“But we must follow closely the latest developments that are unfolding. Update our knowledge with the changing times.”

He said although jobs might be replaced with the advent of IR 4.0 where automation and artificial intelligence were rapidly becoming drivers of the economy, new career paths would be forged along the way.

He noted that there were new career paths such as drone pilots, lawyers specialising in cyber laws and regulation.

According to him, the state Attorney-General Chamber has yet to have lawyers specialising in intellectual property.

“When we amend the Strata Titles Ordinance 1995 (in upcoming State Legislative Assembly sitting), jobs opportunities such as estate managers would be created to manage the properties.”

Abang Johari also advised the seminar participants to choose their preferred career paths wisely – opting for jobs that could provide them satisfaction and rewards.

“Gone are the days when engineers, lawyers and doctors were the preferred career paths. It is not the case now.”

He said there were always plenty of job opportunities available as long as one had the skillsets and expertise needed to meet the demand of the evolving landscape.

“You must have the basic knowledge first, only then can you explore a career path that might be suitable for you. If farming can give you the satisfaction, then become a modern or smart farmer.”

Meanwhile, the bureau chairman Abdul Samat Gany said the unemployment rate in the country was recorded at 3.3 per cent last year, whereas unemployment rate among the youths was 11 per cent in the same year.

“This is mainly due to the mismatch of the knowledge and skills of our fresh graduates and the demands of the industry or employment,” he said.