Artificial intelligence will not put programmers out of work! "It’ll bring new opportunities," says Lukáš Kubec, a software developer at Mibcon who also mentors students at the Green Fox Academy bootcamp. "The programmer job description will just look different because AI will take over the tasks that no one else wants to do," he says.
Lukáš Kubec smiles at the notion that the developer profession might soon become a thing of the past. "When someone says that AI will reduce the number of programming jobs, it's like someone in the early '90s saying that some new programming language will put developers out of work," he says.
He does, however, admit that changes will come, and more than a few. "The job market will definitely change due to the advent of AI, just as the job description of programmers will change," says the Green Fox Academy bootcamp mentor who helps people change careers and break into IT. "But I don't expect a decline in the demand for developers. On the contrary, AI will open up more possibilities. New jobs and specializations will be created that, today, are just an unknown. They will definitely outnumber whatever jobs might be lost."
According to Lukáš, a number of professions will require programming knowledge in the future. In some ways, the work of all sorts of specialists will resemble what developers do today. "There will be more and more positions like this," he predicts. "What AI will take over, is the work that no one else actually wants to do. These will be tasks that are routine, lacking thought or context. As a result, the new jobs that arise will be much more creative."
The expansion of AI utilization will be felt by the whole of society. "There will be a change in the perceptions and definitions of what we think of as literacy. In the past, those who could read and write were considered to be literate," the programming mentor says. "Today, a literate person is someone who can express himself and understand the text. In 10 or 15 years, the literate person will be someone who’s able to work systematically with modern technologies."
Those who don’t catch on may have a problem finding work. "In a few years, everyone will be a bit of a programmer. In order to succeed in the labor market, programmers will have to be able to work with various AI tools as well as be able to create applications," Lukáš Kubec says, describing his vision of the future.
"AI-based language models are new now but, in a few years, none of us will want to sit in front of a monitor and give ChatGPT instructions," says the Mibcon software developer. "There will already be a need for some service that can do that kind of work for us."
For now, however, Lukáš is trying to make the most of what artificial intelligence currently offers. "I use it every day. I first started working with GITHub Copilot, which is a tool that helps me when writing code. It’s the best draft maker," he says. "The proposal may not be 100% correct. Sometimes it's 90%. At that point, I accept the proposal and just adjust the things I want to change."
He sees nothing wrong with such collaborations. "My added value as a programmer isn’t tapping away on the keyboard. It's my ability to apply my knowledge of technology!" he explains. He also has a positive relationship with another modern phenomenon. "I use ChatGPT on a daily basis. It’s kind of my partner, I've learned to discuss things with it when I'm contemplating or solving a problem."
ChatGPT has gained popularity by providing a huge pool of knowledge. That’s why it’s also found an application in bootcamp teaching. "Previously, a large part of the Junior Developer retraining course was about how to find the necessary information using Google. Now we've incorporated ChatGPT into the curriculum.
We still want our students to write the code themselves, but rather than the code itself, we’re more interested in a way of thinking," says Lukáš Kubec, himself an alumnus who graduated from the bootcamp two years ago. After bootcamp, he started to work in IT. "But I also enjoy helping others with their studies so, after a time, I returned to Green Fox Academy as a part-time mentor," he says. You can read his story about his journey from KFC manager to software developer on the Green Fox Academy blog.
He’s not the only example of someone who’s successfully changed their career. "The vast majority of bootcamp graduates stay in the IT industry," he confirms. "Not all of them are developers. Sometimes their paths lead to related positions, but they’re still in IT."
Also, due to the direction in which the labor market will develop, and what skills will be required, he advises everyone who might be considering getting started in IT to pluck up the courage and just go for it. "It’s definitely better to try a bootcamp and find out that it may not be for you, than not to try it at all," Lukáš confirms.