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Hi, for quite some time now I have been trying to figure out which course(s) is best to study for the future as we keep on adventuring into the computer age. The world has a wide range of technology and will still have more. My question is which course can I study for the future.
Currently, I'm studying Quantity survey but I don't consider it a course for the future because very soon, machines will be able to do the work of a surveyor swiftly. Though I'm planning to change my course of study to architecture. Is Architecture a good choice? Which course would you advise me to study for the future?

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Hello @Veektoh ,

That sounds very smart, thinking of your future and selecting your courses accordingly! I recommend discovering the topics that you are passionate/joyful to learn about and thinking of your dream job to begin with without any restrictions and then think about your course selections. Are you passionate about Architecture or Quantity survey or both? Do you love those topics? Can you see yourself building some tall buildings and how do you feel about it? If you need any help on discovering your true passion, here is a relevant thread with more details if you wish to look: https://coursera.community/networking-social-discussion-5/have-you-discovered-your-passion-dream-job-for-life-already-do-you-know-how-to-reach-there-507
@Veektoh , this isa very interesting question, to find a course or field that may become important in the future. It’s so challenging to know what the future will bring. How many machines will replace humans?
I would imagine that creative fields will always be needed, however they often are poorly paid and competetive to find. Can a machine replace an Architect? It’s difficult to answer this one. Choosing a field is not easy. @Denise suggested you find what you are passionate about. Alhtough this might make you happy, it might not always be practical. You could spend a fortune of money goong to schools for art and music for example. You loved the experience, these are your passions, but you can’t always earn a living composing music or painting pictures.
if you are considering a career in something, speak to people in the field and ask their opinions. They would be in the best position to advise you as to what the future in that field may be. I think it’s very important that you are thinking about this. 😀
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Yes, that's true unfortunately re: some fields not bringing much money for living even if you are passionate about them @Judith . However, it is possible to have a second job on the side that might bring extra money in such circumstances. I am aware of quite a few people in arts doing other jobs on the side to make a living. There are also some science professors at universities for example, who go into finance industry to enhance their income when ideally they would like to be in academia solely. So, it may require some extra hard work but it's still possible to do the job you love to do... 🙂 I do not wish to imagine robots doing all the painting and music in the future... 😓 @Veektoh .
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Hello @Veektoh ,

That sounds very smart, thinking of your future and selecting your courses accordingly! I recommend discovering the topics that you are passionate/joyful to learn about and thinking of your dream job to begin with without any restrictions and then think about your course selections. Are you passionate about Architecture or Quantum survey or both? Do you love those topics? Can you see yourself building some tall buildings and how do you feel about it? If you need any help on discovering your true passion, here is a relevant thread with more details if you wish to look: https://coursera.community/networking-social-discussion-5/have-you-discovered-your-passion-dream-job-for-life-already-do-you-know-how-to-reach-there-507

Thank you for taking your time to help me with my question. I've gone through your page and found a lot of interesting topics and discussions. Which of the courses would you consider the most profiting - Architecture or quantity survey?
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@Veektoh , this isa very interesting question, to find a course or field that may become important in the future. It’s so challenging to know what the future will bring. How many machines will replace humans?
I would imagine that creative fields will always be needed, however they often are poorly paid and competetive to find. Can a machine replace an Architect? It’s difficult to answer this one. Choosing a field is not easy. @Denise suggested you find what you are passionate about. Alhtough this might make you happy, it might not always be practical. You could spend a fortune of money goong to schools for art and music for example. You loved the experience, these are your passions, but you can’t always earn a living composing music or painting pictures.
if you are considering a career in something, speak to people in the field and ask their opinions. They would be in the best position to advise you as to what the future in that field may be. I think it’s very important that you are thinking about this. 😀

Thanks Judith, I will look into it and probably go see a career counselor. Maybe that will be helpful
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Thank you @Veektoh for your kind words. The answer to your question "Which of the courses would you consider the most profiting - Architecture or quantity survey? " would depend on which one you love most, I believe. Have you looked at this thread: https://coursera.community/networking-social-discussion-5/have-you-discovered-your-passion-dream-job-for-life-already-do-you-know-how-to-reach-there-507 ? I think this thread could act as a career counselor for you at this stage to a degree. The questions in that thread could help you to identify which direction you could go in terms of selecting your courses and fields.
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I've gone through the thread and I already found an answer. Thanks a lot!
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That sounds wonderful @Veektoh ! Congratulations! Wishing you best of success! If you wish to discuss further on this topic, please don't hesitate to ask more questions. If others have more opinions/advice on this topic for Veektoh, please feel free to share here as well.
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“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Mark Twain

I believe that it is the best case scenario to find a job that corresponds to your interests @Veektoh although making money is also a very reasonable interest. If you can earn enough money you can afford various things, not speaking necessarily about buying fancy cars or similar, but about providing for a family, having an excellent health care, travel, do some volunteering, get good additional education etc.
However, if you chose a job that has absolutely nothing to do with your interest, you will probably feel miserable and it will affect your relationships (colleagues, spouse, family, friends etc.) and also your health because of the stress caused by work.

There is also an option, do the job to get very wealthy and secure for the rest of your life, than change for something that you like. In this case you need to be very clear about how much time you are ready to commit to the first type of job because it is very easy to get stuck in the situation of just chasing money.

It would be recommended to think about ways to get both, as @Denise has already suggested. It definitely make sense to read articles about jobs of the future. What will be required at the job market in certain period of time. Robots can do many things but not everything. Also, technology will not be applied in all parts of the world equally.
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Thank you @Danijela for your response here as well. You articulated it so beautifully. I hope it helps @Veektoh further.
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Hello @Veektoh , how are you getting on with your career studies/choices? If you, @Judith and @Danijela remember my comments on artificial intelligence ( AI ) going into arts above, I thought you might be interested to hear this: We have been to an interesting lecture recently by Marcus Du Sautoy whom you may know, on mathematics and music relationship. The composer Bach was particularly mathematical in some of his music, creating some extraordinary loops. Then the subject came to AI creating music, painting, poetry and creative writing. They tested the audience to differentiate between AI and real ones as they showed us samples. Most of the audience could not recognize AI, including us... That was rather scary I thought...

Interestingly, quite a few people, including @Danijela , mentioned this talk to me on independent communications, which I believe is relevant here too: https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en . They somehow left it for me to share it here although I had encouraged them to share the link.

Enjoy and please feel free to share your thoughts on it too.

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