Does it make sense to do lengthy studies to learn when the world evolves so rapidly that most jobs will soon become redundant?

There is little to prepare for an unknown future, but for the future as we know it now.If you are not going to study and in 10 years the world is still there as we know him, then what? And about 20 years? You can take changes into account, but you should be prepared as well as possible for what we know about later.

So yes, it certainly makes sense.

In addition, the jobs for long studies, such as medicine and rights, will still exist for the time being.If necessary, go to a country where there is not much automation yet.

Yes, generally speaking, how ‘ longer ‘ the studies, the more fundamental knowledge is transferred.

If you are training today as a computer scientist and you specialize in web development with AngularJS, then you have a base to fall back on when AngularJS is no longer in fashion. If, on the other hand, you follow a course “Web development with AngularJS”, then you have nothing to fall back on.

It is true, in my opinion, that most of the low-skilled jobs will be automated, but certainly in the first instance there will be a shift to other professions (we already see this shift).

If we get self-propelled cars and trucks, a lot of trucker will lose their jobs, but there will also be a lot of engineers needed to design and improve these systems.

I can say a perfect example!

The world has changed in relation to what the world was for our parents.

Our parents went for a career and a salary.They received a salary increase each year or two, paid their home loan and spared for retirement. They knew that a good diploma was the key to that success. A private home and a good pension.

But you should be aware that knowledge and expertise can be the result of (long) studies (university?).But it is not a necessity. Knowledge and expertise are still the goal. But where the working man used to accept his fate to do the same work every day for 40 years with the same employer, the new generation is very much in search of being happy. If there is 1 thing that the previous generation has taught us, it is that you should not put your life to your retirement. And that if you keep doing something you don’t want to do, it’s just a matter of time before you’ll experience the effects in your private life. Midlife crisis? Someone? Grown apart. Buy Harley. Wife outside, younger girlfriend. It all seems so pitiful, but it is the moment when one notices that it is too late to get the case right. That over the past twenty years work, everything broke down what you actually need to enjoy your retirement later. Zotte spending (no, that Harley is not going to solve your problem) and a new partner (no also that solves the basic problem) as the ultimate attempt to have happiness or pleasure in thet life. Unfortunately, it does not work. In Belgium There are more than a million people (MSS do not have the figures recently checked) who are on anti-depression resources. Why?

You have to see your whole life as a combination of knowledge and expertise.You can do that through the university, but your diploma is not the end point. You have to do three things:

  1. What you like?
  2. What are you good at?
  3. What is valuable as knowledge or expertise in the near future?

Even if you have to work against your sentence, your goal should always be to increase expertise in the overlapping area of the three points above.With a career you are nothing. Was your project leader? Or were you a level 3 administrative clerk? This guarantees you nothing if you are unemployed and looking for work. Your salary? Your next employer doesn’t have to give you the same or more. Salary and career (your title) are worth little, what you bring is every time your experience and your knowledge. It cannot be diminished, and at the same time it is your fishing rod to catch fish. Give someone a fish and you eat for a day. Give someone a rod and he can catch fish every day. That principle. Your value is in the knowledge you build up. Your goal is never the most high salary, your goal is learning. You choose your work because you can learn a lot in a fast way. If that Is no longer the case, you change your work. People are still disillusioned as a saving measure leads to their dismissal. They are feeling belated. Because the whole recruitment and the HR policy gives a wrong picture of working. A company is not a family. They are not friends. If you get fired, will your friends also resign? No, they don’t. A company has a very temporary relationship with you. You take the knowledge with you and they get the work you perform. Does it end? So What, that’s the right estimate of the deal. Much healthier than the family day and the team spirit and what’s more. That is really unrealistic.


I have developed my knowledge for several decades.I was annoyed by the increasing traffic jams, the failing policies (debts, not protecting the citizens) and the fact that there will never be a pension when my generation is going to retire. Combine that with the 2008 Fortis and Dexia demise and you know that the brave polici are not the best with us, the burger front. Thus I sold my house with a heavy loss, called a moving car and left. Financially a bad decision, but in terms of quality of life the only right one. I see my children every day, I talk to them and play with them. I know what engages them. I know what their fears are. I can help them with advice and deed. And prepare them for the future with some essential skills that give them more opportunity to find a job.


As I wrote before, AI will not immediately make any jobs disappear.The one-dimensional world of both camps is a bit silly. AI does not solve all and certainly not directly. We are nin an exponential curve but just at the beginning (the whole slow side of the exponent). At the moment AI is mathematics and there are some interesting thinking runs. The most repetitive, gervaalous but also tedious tasks can be done better by machines. But where a certain profile of jobs disappears, others are in place. Maintenance of machines, upgrades, interventions,…. The bar will slowly grow higher in which we evolve more towards knowledge work rather than manual labor. That is not necessarily a bad evolution by the way. Look at previous revolutions in engineering and society, doemthinking or euphoria, it was always something in between. Here too, that is the case. And there are different ways and possibilities to come to expertise. But expertise (building up) is the essence of the matter.

Two mistakes in this question:

  1. Long studies do not lead to a profession but to a knowledge direction
  2. Most jobs will not be redundant

There have been quite a number of changes in the past which have been thought to involve a lot of unemployed people.Every time it has emerged that new jobs have been put in place. An example: 50 years ago there were no jobs to put smartphones together. Take a look around the work done in your family and kennissenkr8ng. How much of it is superfluous to your own prediction? And how many of those overbodigen have done a long vocational training?

I do agree that it is a good idea to think about how the world is changing and to kize your study so that you can play a nice role in that.But it still has to contain your own passion! Interested in history? Learn Chinese and you’ll soon be able to give one and a half billion people interesting tours in their own language.

The problem with any study is always that, before you begin the study, you will have to assess whether, by the time you have finished the study, you have something to do with it.

Studying is never pointless, because it can lead you to an interpretation of your life on unexpected roads, which you may not have achieved otherwise.

Since you do not better describe long studies, I assume that you mean university studies.

This is almost the most meaningful question I have ever read on Q.
Why is it not the most meaningful question, because there is 1 word in it, namely profession.

There are toppers that from their 4th year of life already know what they want to be.
Many other toppers come to a focus later (20 +) but first.

You have not been learning to practise a profession for a long time.
You learn to develop yourself as much as possible in the things you like to do or can do well.Develop as wide and deep as possible as you can.

Become good at what you want to do and that will become your activity to live well.

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