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LinkedIn members adding AI skills to profiles rise 142x – 2024 Work Trend Index report

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In 2024, the integration of AI into the workplace has become increasingly prevalent, with the utilization of generative AI almost doubling in the past six months alone. Professionals across various industries are recognizing the importance of AI skills, evident in the significant rise of individuals adding AI proficiency to their LinkedIn profiles. In fact, a majority of leaders now consider AI skills a prerequisite for hiring. However, despite this growing adoption, many leaders express concerns about their company’s lack of a coherent AI strategy, compounded by the influx of employees bringing their own AI tools to work.

This shift represents the challenge of moving beyond experimentation to real business impact in the face of technological disruption.

Microsoft and LinkedIn released the 2024 Work Trend Index report titled “AI at Work is Here. Now Comes the Hard Part.”, which reveals the profound influence of AI on global work dynamics after just one year of widespread adoption.

The report highlights three crucial trends for leaders and professionals regarding AI’s impact on work and the labor market in 2024 and beyond:

Employee Demand for AI: A significant 75% of knowledge workers now leverage AI in their roles. Employees recognize AI’s ability to save time, boost creativity, and enable focus on critical tasks. However, despite 79% of leaders acknowledging the importance of AI for competitiveness, many struggle to quantify its productivity gains or lack a clear implementation strategy. Consequently, 78% of AI users resort to using their own tools (BYOAI). Leaders must seize this momentum to drive scalable business impact through AI.

AI’s Impact on Career Trajectories: While concerns about AI and job displacement are prevalent, the data reveals a multifaceted landscape, highlighting a talent shortage and an opportunity for career growth through AI proficiency.

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A majority of leaders (55%) worry about filling positions, especially in cybersecurity, engineering, and creative design. Despite this, only 39% of employees receive AI training from their companies, prompting professionals to seek skill development independently. LinkedIn has witnessed a substantial increase (142x) in members adding AI skills like Copilot and ChatGPT to their profiles and a 160% rise in non-technical professionals enrolling in AI courses. Organizations that invest in AI training attract top talent, while skilled professionals gain a competitive advantage in the job market.

The emergence of the AI power user: The research identified four types of AI users, ranging from skeptics who rarely use AI to power users who extensively leverage it. Power users have significantly transformed their work routines, reimagining business processes and saving over 30 minutes daily. These users attribute improved workload manageability and job satisfaction to AI integration. Moreover, they benefit from executive support and tailored training, positioning them to lead the way in leveraging AI effectively within their roles.

Navigating the path to AI-driven business transformation

Leaders have a significant opportunity to harness employee enthusiasm for AI and translate it into meaningful business transformation. While the approach will vary by organization, here’s a roadmap to kickstart the process:

  • Identify and Apply AI to Solve Business Problems: Efficiency improvements are achievable across all functions by strategically applying AI. For instance, start with customer service and focus on reducing call-handling times.
  • Embrace a Top-Down, Bottom-Up Approach: Moving from experimentation to transformation necessitates involvement from all levels within the organization, from the CEO to entry-level employees. Business transformation occurs when business leaders engage teams in AI initiatives. At Microsoft, the adoption of Copilot relied on internal champions at various levels to cultivate and spread AI enthusiasm and skills.
  • Prioritize Continuous Training: Successful AI users benefit from ongoing training, encompassing both general AI tasks and role-specific applications. Platforms like LinkedIn Learning offer excellent resources to enhance AI skills, while the Copilot Scenario Library provides tailored use cases for different roles and functions.

Microsoft is introducing enhancements to Copilot for Microsoft 365, aimed at simplifying AI adoption.

  • The new auto-complete function will now assist users in completing prompts by suggesting more detailed prompts based on their input, ensuring stronger results.
  • A new rewrite feature is added which will empower users to transform basic prompts into comprehensive ones with a single click.
  • The introduction of Catch Up, a new chat interface, will provide personalized insights based on recent activities and offer relevant recommendations, such as flagging upcoming meetings and providing pertinent information for better preparation.
  • Furthermore, enhancements in Copilot Lab will enable users to create, publish, and manage tailored prompts for themselves, their teams, roles, and functions.

These updates are set to roll out in the coming months, promising to streamline AI utilization for Microsoft 365 users.

LinkedIn too is rolling out new AI tools to support career development, offering over 22,000 courses, including 600+ focused on AI, through LinkedIn Learning. It is also introducing 50+ new AI learning courses available for free until July 8, catering to professionals of all skill levels. Additionally, LinkedIn Premium subscribers can benefit from AI-powered personalized takeaways in their feed, providing relevant insights and opportunities tailored to their career goals.

For job seekers, new AI-powered tools enable quick assessments of role fit based on experience and skills, offering advice on standing out and personalized nudges for skill development and networking. These features will be gradually released in the coming months, aiming to empower individuals to stay ahead in their careers and streamline job search processes.

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