The RPA market is booming and grew by 63% in 2018, according to Gartner and with it the job vacancies. In our recent blog posts, we already have elaborated on the benefits of RPA, why you should implement it and how to scale RPA, but it still leaves the question of why you should learn RPA.
At Roboyo we like to say – We Enable the Future – We shape the future of work. But what do we mean with this? It is not only facilitating the work of our client through digitalization; it is also creating a workplace of our own and enabling people to start a career in RPA. Many see RPA solely as an incredible technology; we would like to expand this perception and help understand the potential it holds for individuals.
Therefore, we have gathered the 5 reasons why you should learn RPA.
1. Job opportunities
Looking at the exorbitant growth of RPA in recent years, it is needless to say, the demand for RPA specialists is rising just as rapidly. As more and more companies are focusing on RPA, job opportunities are skyrocketing. Since Robotic Process Automation is a relatively young technology, a great number of businesses are looking for junior developers and are willing to provide on-the-job-training and mentoring, as well as a competitive compensation package. Considering the market leader in RPA software, UiPath, was only founded 14 years ago, Experts in RPA mostly have less than 5 years of experience themselves. So, with the right amount of motivation and dedication, a great career in RPA can be achieved in little time.
2. Perpetual learning
With the age of the software comes the fact, that RPA is still evolving. While in its early days, RPA was mainly used on its, it is now used in combination with different software and technologies. Whether it is combined with ABBYY – an OCR software which enables RPA to process unstructured data and read PDFs or handwritten texts, or with Microsoft Cognitive Services to enhance the services delivered by chatbots. RPA is in flux and keeps evolving and improving. With a career in RPA, you will constantly encounter new challenges and be encouraged to learn new technologies, it expands your horizon and ensures constant learning.
3. Improving the quality of work
Yes, you read this right. Let’s talk about the big elephant in the room, the statement that RPA is making employees become obsolete. While robots can execute rule-based and repetitive (in other words boring) processes, they will never be able to brainstorm or engage in challenging tasks, applying experience or expertise. Robots cannot manage people or imitate interpersonal relationships. We want to be completely honest with you, there is an impact on the workforce, people need to adapt to working alongside machines and there will be a small percentage having to switch occupation (3-14%) due to digitalization and RPA, but the majority of workforce will be maintained and relieved of dull, tedious work. RPA is not designed nor capable to replace a human; it is designed to aid and support it. According to a recent study researching the impact of RPA on employee experience, 60% find that RPA helps to focus on strategic tasks and enables human interaction. Therefore, as an RPA Developer, you can improve the quality of work and give the employees the time back to focus on the tasks that really matter instead of wasting time on the ones that just need to get done.
4. It is quick & easy to learn
Okay, we need to take a step back here. As already elaborated in our earlier blog post “The myth that RPA is a low cost and easy to implement technology”, RPA is not a course and bob’s your uncle. However, it requires less programming knowledge than other developing jobs. Most RPA software works with drag and drops rather than scripting and there are even some RPA developers who have never studied anything IT-related. Courses, that teach you RPA take comparable little time; the UiPath Foundation and Advanced Training can be completed in as little as 10 days. This might not make you an RPA expert, but it provides a good starting point for your RPA career.
5. Increased security
After security concerns been rising over the past couple of years and people are increasingly conscious about data, privacy, and password policies, numerous clients are hesitant to give their passwords to a robot. It might take a little time to get used to the idea, but robots handling login data are more secure than an employee can ever be. The human is always the weakest link in the chain and this potential security risk can be eliminated through RPA.
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