Economy and Jobs of the Future

Economy and Jobs of the Future


26 NOVEMBER 2017

written by Mike



Automation, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and robots.

If you read any technological blogs or futuristic predictions, then I would be surprised if you didn’t recognise any of these terms. It all sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. However, if you look close enough, you will see the change unfolding before your eyes.

Many people think that the change will be sudden and disruptive. The statement is both true and false.

Ten years ago smartphones were just being introduced; now we can’t imagine living without them. But because we live through the change, we don’t see it as sudden.

This short post won’t be about the technological shift; I’m not an expert on the subject however as a freelancer and business owner it is part of my job to always be on the lookout. Let’s think what changes are more than likely come out shortly and how you and I can prepare ourselves.

The topic is just a short extension of ideas from people like Elon Musk, Peter Diamandis, Seth Godin and others. They talk about the coming switch, they warn us about the possible ramifications.

The one that may have the biggest impact on the current job market is automation

People like Diamandis often put abundance society and automation in one sentence, however, a big change won’t come without pain. 3D printing may disrupt manufacturing world as we know it, more and more factories are using robots rather than human beings, and with time the speed of the replacement will pick up.

Let’s look at modern supermarkets; you already have self-service scanning bays that replace the cashiers – now imagine a product scanners similar to airport security checks in every shop. You push the trolley through it, and it scans all the products in it. No doubt it will come and replace even more people on the floor, Amazon has already tried something similar.

It won’t just be simple jobs, any task that can be put in an algorithm can eventually be replaced – Accounting, finance services, law, health diagnosis, programming.

BBC has an interesting service that ‘predicts’ how likely your job could be replaced.

Sooner or later someone will come up with a new app, new software and unfortunately, it will replace the people. What is more cost efficient? People with salaries, benefits and bonuses working 8 hours a day?

Or a piece of code that can run 24/7?



This change will present a new view of work and jobs. The terms such as gig economy or on-demand economy have been featured in most reports on future of work. The people who favour it say that you will get paid for the value you bring, you will get chosen for projects best suited for you, you will do work based on your strengths.

On the other side, we have voices that say that the gig economy does not guarantee workers rights, benefits or security. Both are right, and it will take a time till the society gets it right. 

Looking at it from my perspective, I made a list of a few pros and cons that will affect people close to me, and me.


People will do what they are good at; automation will replace simple jobs, and we will be able to focus on creativity and problem solving rather than repetitive tasks.

You won’t be constricted to one place. Gig economy means that you can move wherever you like and still keep the same job as most work will be done over the internet. A lot of younger people prefer the freedom of choice over the stability.

Learning and development. A rapid change means that we will need to keep updating our skills and knowledge, the real studying starts when you leave the university, not when you are there. Lifelong learning will be necessary to keep up with the change.

Global connection. Working with people all around the world is already taking place and in the next few decades may become the standard. A lot of people see outsourcing as a means of cheap labour. I see it as a means of finding the best people in the world to do the job, beyond your city or country. Latest Pro Tools cloud functions give a preview of what is to come in the future.

Of course, not everything will be rosy, and change comes with pain. I can see that there will be a few negative aspects of the on-demand economy too.





Stable employment. It may be harder for people who prefer stability and staying in one place. When the jobs shift to a cloud, you either adapt or may be forgotten.

A lot of jobs will vanish. Yes, every economic shift creates new jobs however it means retraining people and acquiring new skills. It may be hard for some to adjust, especially when being accustomed to a place of work.

Protests. Not everyone may like it but globalisation is coming, and we can’t stop it. Protesting companies like Uber may slow it down, but eventually, the change will come, and a lot of people may stay behind.

Adjustment. Internet and new technologies change much faster than we can comprehend and most people are not adjusted to such rapid changes. It may scare and anger a lot of people. New training will need to be provided, so older generations are not left behind the shifts in the global economy.

The change will come in our lifetime. For some it will be good, for some, it may have a negative impact on lives.

My questions are – how to prepare? How can I secure my place in the future?

Flexibility is the key, the time when you hold a job for 40 years are mostly gone, and we are almost certain to have multiple careers throughout our lives.

What can you and I do today to start adjusting?

Find part-time jobs. Not in the local business or store but online. On top of your normal work, start experimenting with new technologies, social media and internet opportunities.

Learn new skills. Platforms such as Upwork release most demanded skill reports all the time. Study it and see if there is something that interests you, something that you could start learning today.

Do something radical for a test. Maybe there is something that you always wanted to do but never had a time for it? The internet allows for limitless trial and error endeavours; there isn’t a better time than now to try something new.

The change won’t be rapid and won’t happen on a set date. We don’t see it because we live it every day, but when we step outside and look on what is happening and what changed in the last 10-20 years, you can start seeing the trends and that they aren’t stopping – they are picking up the pace.

Instead of being afraid, let’s prepare for it and be excited.

Liked the article? Follow me! 🙂

Subscribe for the latest updates

Podcasting and Audio Gadgets

Podcasting and Audio Gadgets


19 NOVEMBER 2017

written by Mike




The most beautiful aspect of podcasting is how little you actually need to get started. Thanks to the internet, the distribution is free but even with the equipment – you don’t need to spend a fortune to get working.

Of course, there is a difference between starting a low-budget show and a full–on drama series.

Today I want to talk about the minimal setup as well as what I’m currently using to produce audio shows like Casefile.


You will need a working computer – it can be a laptop, a desktop or whatever you have got at the moment. It needs to be fast enough to process audio files, and for that, you will need a good hard drive (SSD would be recommended) and enough RAM (fast processor will help too).

At the beginning, you don’t need much and shouldn’t be looking into buying a brand new system, when I started producing podcasts I used my old MacBook Pro from 2011. I did upgrade RAM and SSD, but for nearly a year I worked on that.

At the moment I’m working on 27-inch iMac with upgraded RAM. It was a necessary upgrade – the production I’m doing right now is much involved than it was in the beginning.





To start, you will need an audio sequencer – a program that lets you edit and record a podcast. There is no need to go for the most expensive software, something like Garageband, Pro Tools First, Audition or Audacity will be fine.

Most sequencers are similar, it’s just the interface that looks different, and once you understand the basics, you will be able to change to something else with ease.

In the beginning, choose something that looks and feels most comfortable for you. I would recommend doing a bit of research and trying out demos and free versions. You won’t be investing in third-party plugins and tools, therefore, choose a software that offers the best all-in-one.

I’ve used many different sequencers in the past. However, I’ve always come back to main two – Apple Logic for music and Avid Pro Tools for audio editing and mix.

Over a year ago I decided to simplify even further, and once I was happy that Pro Tools could fulfil my scoring needs, I moved everything there.

At the moment I’m using Pro Tools 12 for scoring, editing, recording and mixing.


Again, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to start. There are plenty of USB microphones to choose from, with Blue Mic company being the most popular. The thing with mics is that you will need one that works well with your voice, that compliments your narration. That’s quite difficult to achieve because you probably won’t have a chance to test many different setups.

USB is the best solution because you won’t need anything else – no extra cables, no stands, no audio interface.

I don’t have my podcast, but the microphone I use for other recordings is Shure SM7B. It’s a legendary voice microphone, mostly used for broadcasting. To operate it I need an audio interface as well as a gain booster; it’s not the simplest solution to start with.





Editing and mixing on computer speakers is a no. You won’t need expensive audio monitors (professional speakers), but good headphones are a must – especially for editing. There is no need to overspend but beware of a consumer product; you need something that will give you the most detailed and neutral representation of sound as possible. Of course, having a pair of two of consumer headphones for a reference is a good way to make sure that the mix sounds good on different systems.

For editing and mixing, I use Sony MDR-7506 closed-cup headphones. I also have a few pairs of earbuds – from cheap to more expensive. I use them to reference the mix and get the picture how it will sound on different devices.


Plugins are the tools that will make your recording and mix sound good. These are the reverbs, compressors, EQ and other sound changing solutions. When you start, you will use plugins that are available in the audio sequencer of your choice – that’s why choosing one that offers the best range will be a smart choice. For example, even though Pro Tools is my operating program, it doesn’t come with a wide selection of plugins. Unless you have bought something from a third party – it may not be a good solution.

On the other hand, something like Logic or Adobe Audition comes with a wide selection of tools that will help you during production. Research of what you will need (which will change as you progress anyway) and select a program that will help you rather that limit you.

For my work, I use third-party plugins from Izotope, for mixing and mastering. These tools are the best on the market but come with a quite high price tag – you won’t need them when you start, but if you ever want to get into professional audio production you will need to familiarise yourself with iZotope.


My last word of advice is not to go overboard with the gear and gadgets. Most of us want to start with the best equipment, whatever hobby we pick up.

Make sure you can start on the cheap and only if you like it and want to continue, then start upgrading. There is nothing worse than getting the hype, spending lots of money on something that will gather dust in the corner of your room.

Liked the article? Follow me! 🙂

Subscribe for the latest updates

Importance of Templating

Importance of Templating


13 NOVEMBER 2017

written by Mike



Working with a large team, multiple departments and international deliverables we had to streamline the process and put strong systems in place.
Templating Pro Tools sessions, emails, archives became my day-to-day habit, and it helped me to deliver the best results.

But, what do I mean by template?

What are templates?

For me, these are rules by which people do their work. Guidelines and systems that make the everyday tasks easy to follow and consistent.
Because in any work you will ever do, consistency is the key. One lucky break will not make the whole business work, but everyday persistence will make sure that there will be a lot of ‘lucky brakes’.

Templates help to minimise the work that is not creative and focus on what is important.
Templates can be a start, they can and should be adjusted and upgraded with time.

The pros of templating are:
speed – by having a guide and workable systems in place you can be sure that the output will be much faster, you and your team will be able to do more and focus on the core of the business

easy to learn – when templates are done right, they are easy to explain for new teammates, you know the system will always work the same way, and the instructions will keep everyone on the same page

quality and standards – it is safe to say that when using templates all of your work will be done to the same standards; when you design a well-working system you can relax knowing that the results will always be the same.



Every solution has bad sides; I’m not claiming that templating is the answer to everything.

The cons of templating are:

can stifle creativity – working just to templates will have you thinking in one way, you can’t be too creative when doing work otherwise you can mess up the system

errors – an error in a template means that everyone who works on it will be infected, even if it’s a small thing it is a pain to go back and correct already submitted work

slows down innovation – designing a workable template takes time and once you spent the necessary work-hours you don’t want to abandon the system just because there is something new on the horizon; sometimes it means that you can miss out on new and better solutions

Overall I’m a big fan of templates. I think using a system, even in what some say creative work can vastly improve the results and output.
You can start implementing templates in all areas of your life; at home, you may not call it templates, but habits.
Morning and evening habits that you stick to will help you to start and end the day on a good note. Exercising habits will keep your health in check; scheduling eating times will make your days work for you.                                                                                                                                                                  
It’s not about designing robotic life but rather systemising parts of it that you don’t have to think. It allows you to focus on work that you enjoy doing.

At work using templates is a no-brainer. It can be as simple as emails or as complicated as Pro Tools sessions; it depends on your task.
Think about every aspect of your day; what parts of it could be replaced by artificial intelligence or a robot?
What parts are repetitive and boring?

Then start thinking how you can systemise them and what solutions are out there. I promise that if you know where and how to look, you can find a system for almost anything that you do.

Liked the article? Follow me! 🙂

Subscribe for the latest updates

Pin It on Pinterest