AI is affecting all aspects of our lives, both positively and negatively. However, it’s of particularly great concern for Gen Zers who will soon be entering the workforce. Whereas AI means fun and perhaps a study aid while you’re still in college, it may have a big effect on your career prospects once you graduate. Here are a few things you should be aware of to ensure AI benefits, rather than hinders, your job search.
1. Learn How to Use AI
Many people see AI as a threat, especially in regard to work. We’ve all heard the warnings about how people will soon start losing their jobs to AI en masse. However, it’s important to acknowledge that the overall capabilities of AI are still nowhere near what a human can do. The best results require a collaboration between humans and AI.
It requires skill to use AI to your benefit. Spend time practicing with tools you’re already familiar with, find out what else is popular in your field, and sign up for AI courses to gain more confidence using tools.
2. Stand Out Against More Experienced Candidates
You may be applying for jobs where other candidates have already been working in the field for a while and have more relevant experience than you. One way to stand out is to highlight your AI skills on your resume and in interviews. For instance, you could name the tools you know how to use and discuss novel ideas for solving problems, saving time, or being more productive. This will help show employers that you could be an asset for the company and may make you a more appealing option than even experienced workers.
3. Strike a Better Work–Life Balance
AI may do more than influence your employability — it may also impact your experience while you’re working. By carrying out some of your work for you, AI can free up your time for other activities, which will lead you to achieve a better work–life balance. If you have an in-person job, you may be able to use some of this free time to advance your training (in AI or in another beneficial skill). This will turn you into a more valuable member of the team and open up new opportunities in the near future.
In addition, AI can make your work more enjoyable. It may automate admin tasks, assist in scheduling, draft emails for you, or process large amounts of data. As a result, you’ll be more organized, less frustrated, and happier in your job.
Another major factor that will influence your career prospects after you graduate is whether you have any work experience. For this reason, it’s worth searching for a part-time job while you’re still at college. You’ll have more possibilities if you live near many businesses — but, of course, you’ll also want to be close to your classes. You can find Niagara College student housing located just a short distance from campus in central Thorold at Foundry Lofts. Our apartments are close to places like Canada Games Park, the Meridian Centre, and the Pen Centre Mall. Take a virtual tour to check out the housing before you sign a lease.