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3 Reasons To Choose a Career in the Automotive Industry

Because everyone needs automobiles and other vehicles, you’ll always have a job no matter what the economy looks like

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It’s a challenging career to undertake, and the good news is that you can choose which aspect of the industry you want to work in. Pixabay

The automotive industry is vast and ever-changing. It’s a challenging career to undertake, and the good news is that you can choose which aspect of the industry you want to work in. Because everyone needs automobiles and other vehicles, you’ll always have a job no matter what the economy looks like. Technology changes all the time, and you’ll always have good reason for going back to school to advance your skills and also working your way up the chain in the industry. Once you have the love of automobiles burning in your heart, you’ll always feel at home in a career in the automotive industry.

You can specialize

When it comes to the automotive industry, you can specialize. You can work as an automotive technician, auto body repair technician or in sales and service. For some automotive specialization, you may be required to do an apprenticeship. You can take several programs to dive into your specialization, including automotive and diesel repair programs. Even if you own a business, you can still specialize. Some mechanics will only work on one brand of vehicle, just as most dealerships prefer to do. This is ideal for some because they need to work with only one type of vehicle and are only ordering parts from a few manufacturers. This leads to a better discount on parts and can help your business flourish. 

You can count on job security

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The automotive industry is vast and ever-changing. Pixabay

The automotive industry provides good job security. Although a lot of car dealerships and auto mechanic shops already exist, you can never go wrong by opening a new one in a different part of town or neighborhood. Working for yourself is just one perk of having job security in this economy. If you’d like to work as a diesel mechanic, you can work on city buses and work for the government with full benefits. Many private businesses that do fleet work with more than one truck employ a mechanic who works for them. This keeps their costs low and can appeal to job-seekers who want to earn a great wage with benefits and scheduled hours. Even amusement parks employ automotive mechanics to fix their equipment and maintain their rides. You never know what type of job in the automotive field is just waiting for you around the corner. The options are limitless. 

You’ll find room for advancement

Because technology changes all the time, automotive professionals will likely find themselves going back to school to learn about how to take care of various technological aspects of the car. You can always move up in the industry even if you’re not thinking about going back to school right now. If you’re building on your automotive career by starting from the bottom, you may want to start as a detailer so you can learn how to work with difficult scratches and bumps in the body. This same idea can be used in the sales room as well. Even though senior management requires some college background, you can still work your way up by starting behind the service desk. 

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Finding your place in the automotive industry is easy once you’ve explored all of your options. Choose the best career move for yourself by finding a job in which you never feel as though you’re doing work because you love what you do. Choosing a career is hard, but making the choice to go into the automotive industry is definitely an easy choice. As long as you have a love for vehicles and mechanics, you will always have a place in the industry. 

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Digital Transformation, $1.7 Tn Industry But 70% Attempts Fail Due to Lack of Discipline

Digital transformation - an essential element of the Fourth Industrial Revolution - is a $1.7 trillion industry but 70 per cent of all such attempts fail due to "lack of discipline"

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a lack of discipline in setting the goal correctly for sustained digital transformation and insufficient rigour in executing the change across the enterprise. Pixabay

Digital transformation – an essential element of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – is a $1.7 trillion industry but 70 per cent of all such attempts fail due to “lack of discipline” in setting the right goals, says a veteran with three decades of experience in the field who has suggested a five-stage process to get it right.

It’s due to “a lack of discipline in setting the goal correctly for sustained digital transformation and insufficient rigour in executing the change across the enterprise,” Goa-born Tony Saldanha, who led major digital changes at P&G, told IANS in an email interview.

“Part of the issue is terminology. These days the term ‘digital transformation’ is used as a buzzword to describe most things IT. Worse, since the end state of digital transformation is poorly defined, the process to execute it becomes highly subjective, leading to the 70 per cent failure rate,” added Saldanha, author of the just released book “Why Digital Transformations Fail” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers/pp 218/$26.06 on Amazon).

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An Apple employee demonstrates the facial recognition feature of the new iPhone X at the Apple Union Square store in San Francisco. VOA

The first issue of confusing terminology around ‘digital’ is easy to understand, he said.

“We have had watches, the Internet, the Cloud, as well as IT automation projects being called digital. If anything related to IT is called digital, then business leaders confuse digital strategy with automation. Therefore, moving your data to the cloud, using software robots or upgrading your email system can be called digital.

“True digital transformation is defined as requiring people, processes and systems in order to win in the next Industrial Revolution. Therefore confusing digital goals with automation is the first reason why digital transformations fail,” Saldanha, who hails from Saligao, a village in North Goa, said.

Thus, if leaders don’t set a clear goal of digital transformation as rewriting entire work systems, then the effort to reinvent the entire company is compromised.

The second issue is in the programme/project management methodologies in digital transformations.

“Those tend to be regular IT project management processes. The best thinking on digital transformation combines traditional IT project management with venture capitalist-inspired risk and portfolio management processes, along with creative design thinking and ecosystem approaches.

“However, most companies don’t have these right tools. As a result, business leaders don’t set the right goals to reinvent themselves and their execution doesn’t use the right processes in execution. Both items drive the failure rate,” Saldanha elaborated.

Using dozens of case studies and his own considerable experience, Saldanha in his book, subtitled “The Surprising Disciplines Of How To Take Time Off And Stay Ahead”, lays down how digital transformation can be made routinely successful. Instead of representing an existential threat, it will become the opportunity of a lifetime. The key to success being that a person must disrupt before they are disrupted.

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a lack of discipline in setting the goal correctly for sustained digital transformation and insufficient rigour in executing the change across the enterprise. VOA

What then are the five stages of digital transformation?

* Stage 1 is titled Foundation: The automation (or digitisation) of process. It delivers enterprise value by using technology to do work more efficiently and builds the foundation for further transformation.

What are the causes of failure at this stage?

Teams lose sight of the intended business value being targeted or they execute poorly.

What are the disciplines required to address risks?

Committed ownership of the strategy at the highest levels and interactive execution to avoid major implementation failures.

* Stage 2 is titled Siloed; it’s the organic development of major digitally-based processes and products, but only in parts of the organisation. Individual leaders have recognised the threat of digital disruption and started creating new digital business models. Siloed transformations are a microcosm of what will hopefully become higher stages of digital transformation.

What are the causes of failure at this stage?

Common mistakes include under-powering change leaders and making incorrect choices in what to transform.

What are the disciplines required to address risks?

Digital transformation is a hard change. Underinvesting in empowering the transformation leaders is a mistake that often derails progress.

Then, there is the need for digital leverage points. These are essentially your strategic strengths and opportunities that best leverage digital. You identify these using a deep understanding of your organisation’s business opportunities and strategies.

* Stage 3 is titled Partially Synchronised: The partial completion of an enterprise-wise strategy for digital transformation. The term ‘partially’ is reflective of part business-outcome delivery, not part synchronisation of efforts.

What are the causes of failure at this stage?

An ineffective change management strategy or insufficient amount of transformation projects to adequately transform the core organisation.

What are the disciplines required to address risks?

Change management model for effectively transforming the core organisation coupled with strategy sufficiency in terms of the portfolio of initiatives needed to drive a complete transformation.

* Stage 4 is titled Fully Synchronised: the point where an enterprise-wide digital platform or new business model has fully taken root. However, this is a one-time transformation. It is still just one technology (or business model) change away from being disrupted.

What are the causes of failure at this stage?

Inability to complete the one-time digital transformation due to either organisation structure issues or digital literary issues.

What are the disciplines required to address risks?

Digital reorganisation to reboot technical capabilities both in the IT functions and the rest of the enterprise, besides staying current on the rapidly evolving technology landscape, both for completion of the one-time transformation and its successful ongoing operation.

* Stage 5 is titled Living DNA: the stage of perpetual transformation. Constant reinvention and a highly agile culture become second nature to the organisation. The enterprise becomes a disciplined market leader.

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What are the causes of failure at this stage?

A loss of the edge that previously delivered a Stage 4 transformation, either due to an insufficiently agile culture or a lack of discipline to constantly sense and respond to new business disruption risks.

What are the disciplines required to address risks?

Agile culture to support constant evolution of the business and organisation, coupled with routinely sensing risk to the enterprise and reacting in a disciplined manner.

At the bottom line, says Saldanah, are the ‘Exponential Five’ technologies that leaders cannot afford to lose track of: AI, smart process automation, Blockchain, robotics and drones and special function technologies (virtual reality, 3D printing, Internet of Things, nanotech, energy storage, biotechnology and advanced materials et al).

“The rest is up to you”, Saldanah concludes. (IANS)