Include “familiarity with AI application software” in job requirements: College students seek to enter the AI era with job skills

Add "familiarity with AI application software" to job requirements for college students to enter the AI era with relevant job skills.

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Young Professionals in the Workplace

“Being proficient in using AI software such as ChatGPT and Midjourney to produce high-quality text and graphic content to complete auxiliary work.” This summer’s job application season, AI application software has gradually become a hurdle in front of job seekers. According to industry predictions, AI will be the first to occupy “low-end white-collar positions” with high repetition, low creativity, and high labor costs.

This recruitment season, many job seekers have already realized that AI will bring huge impact to their future careers, and mastering AI or using AI will effectively improve their job search success rate.

Graduates start using ChatGPT to prepare for interviews

Xiaoyu, who graduated from graduate school this year, learned from an online article about employment that recruitment units now have “ability to use AI” requirements for positions.

Xiaoyu had never used AI tools in class. After interning at some units, a leader proposed that she use ChatGPT to assist in completing work, and she began to become familiar with this latest AI software.

At first, Xiaoyu didn’t think this software was very useful. “It is difficult for ChatGPT to generate content that is sufficient for publication directly. Users still need to repeatedly process it.” Xiaoyu occasionally felt that this would make the work process more cumbersome. However, in some specific usage scenarios, Xiaoyu also had to admit that AI can indeed provide her with unexpected great help.

Xiaoyu once tried to use ChatGPT to help prepare for her interview, which was the first time she truly felt the help of AI technology. Before the interview, Xiaoyu told ChatGPT about the unit and her own situation, and then asked as an interviewer, “What questions should I ask the other party?” Then, as an applicant, she asked, “What questions might the other party ask me?” and “How should I answer?”

Soon, she got multiple professional questions that may appear during the interview from ChatGPT. With the answers provided by ChatGPT and her other preparations, Xiaoyu confidently participated in the interview. “Sure enough, some interview questions were predicted by ChatGPT!”

Later, she found some tricks to enhance the use of ChatGPT. For example, asking questions and setting up a character are both key, and she began to gradually explore the methods and scenarios of using it.

Xiao Min, who graduated this year, tried to use AI to write several new media articles during her internship, but the effect was average because there were many places that needed her to organize and modify. However, when it comes to titling, Xiao Min felt the “charm” of ChatGPT.

She said to ChatGPT: “Please help me come up with a few titles for this article.” Then, ChatGPT quickly listed 5 titles for her, “The first and third ones are pretty good!” So, Xiao Min let ChatGPT continue to optimize the title according to the first and third title.

Xiao Min thinks that AI office work can currently only be used for auxiliary work, and at the same time she knows that some design majors are already facing the pressure brought by AI. For positions that require the use of AI office work in recruitment, Xiao Min doesn’t feel very interested. “If the use of AI tools is overly emphasized in work, it will make job seekers feel that their position has little value, they cannot learn anything, and their future competitiveness will also decline.”

“I think I’m still lucky, after all, AI tools haven’t developed to a particularly powerful level yet. In a few years, it should become very complete, so I also need to remain vigilant. I need to improve more by then.” Xiao Min said.

Beijing companies have already started using AI on a large scale for office work

As Xiaoyu and Xiao Min experienced during their internships, many companies are now trying to use AI for office work and are requiring employees to have the ability and awareness to use AI office tools.

“Please prepare a company-wide training notice for using AI office tools for me.” said Shang Hongliang, from the R&D center of 91 Technology Company, as an example. In their company, from the administrative team to the content team, and then to the technology and product development team, they have all started using AI office tools. “Colleagues in the administrative department will use ChatGPT to complete a meeting notice. In the past, it might take half an hour to write a notice, but now it only takes a few minutes.”

Xu Zewei, chairman of 91 Technology Company, introduced that 91 Technology has now popularized the use of AI application software among its employees and embedded it into the company’s office platform system. At the same time, the company requires certain work to be completed using AI tools, such as text processing for meeting notices. In addition, the company also provides training for employees on the use of AI tools. According to the company’s statistics, 98% of employees have used AI office tools, and 80% of employees use AI office tools frequently.

Regarding the usage scenarios, Shang Hongliang gave the example that a colleague from the administrative management department needs to formulate a work specification. After requesting input from ChatGPT, they will receive a text within a few minutes. The administrative specialist can then modify this text according to the company’s characteristics. Similarly, a colleague from the human resources department needs to publish a job notice. After providing ChatGPT with the company’s information, they can receive a job advertisement text within a few minutes. The recruitment specialist can then add the company’s personalized requirements based on this text to complete the job.

Similarly, if the product design team needs an idea, instead of having a long brainstorming meeting where everyone comes up with an idea, they can just ask AI and it will provide many basic choices. The team can then use these choices to come up with more ideas, greatly improving efficiency.

“In short, AI technology can be used for repetitive work,” Shang Hongliang believes. Although the company has been paying attention to AI for a long time, colleagues have only started using it in the last few months. On the one hand, AI technology has gradually matured, and on the other hand, colleagues have begun to feel the improvement in work efficiency from AI.

“At the beginning, some colleagues were hesitant and only chatted with it. Later, we integrated AI applications into the office platform and provided colleagues with a convenient usage condition. Everyone gradually discovered that the work results exceeded expectations, so they began to use it as an auxiliary tool.” Shang Hongliang believes that to make good use of these AI software, it is still necessary to try more.

During the company’s use of AI in the office, in addition to keeping statistics on the usage, Shang Hongliang also learned a lot about colleagues’ views on AI, especially the concerns of some colleagues who do not often use AI. He found that people who were previously more skilled in certain areas were slower to warm up to AI tools.

“For example, some colleagues who previously used search engines like Baidu and Google very well will habitually use search terms as prompts when they switch to ChatGPT, but they do not get better results. On the contrary, some colleagues who are not good at using search engines give better feedback on their user experience.” Shang Hongliang said that not only 91 Technology, but many companies now require employees to actively use AI for office work.

Liu Yali, the founder of Alpaca Education, introduced that the company’s management team and employees have already started using AI tools in their recent work. The company has also connected ChatGPT and DingTalk and other office platforms. Based on their previous usage experience, they estimated that the efficiency in content creation could be improved by 80% to 90% after using AI tools. “Previously, it may have taken five people to complete a task, but now it can be done by just one person; it used to take half a day to write a post, but now it may only take half an hour.”

Many companies require “proficiency in AI application software” for job positions

Whether or not one is willing to adopt AI in the workplace, AI has indeed “arrived”. In some companies, “ability to use AI technology for work” has even been included in the job requirements.

If one searches for keywords such as “AI”, “application”, and “using ChatGPT” on job search websites such as Zhaopin, Liepin, and BOSS Zhipin, many relevant job positions will appear. Although most of the positions are related to R&D of AI technology, some positions related to AI application are also available.

The Beijing News reporter found dozens of job positions on the aforementioned job search websites that require applicants to “proficiently master” or “deeply research” AI application software including ChatGPT.

These job positions can be roughly divided into three categories. The first category is for hiring specialists who can apply ChatGPT technology to internal company operations. The job requirements for this category include familiarity with ChatGPT and identification of positions that ChatGPT can optimize and replace.

The second category is for AI technology application instructors, most of which are in the education and training industry. Some education and training institutions have started offering courses on AI software application and require proficient users of AI software to serve as instructors.

The third category, which has the most job positions, requires new media content creators who are proficient in using AI text and image editing tools to generate content for company WeChat accounts, Douyin accounts, etc. These positions include traditional roles such as text editors, video editors, image editors, and translators.

For example, Zhihu specifically mentions in its content editor job posting that “candidates should have in-depth research on AI tools such as ChatGPT and Midjourney, and be able to proficiently use AI tools to produce and optimize soft text content, thereby improving production efficiency.”

According to Zhihu, the company has conducted many evaluations in its previous work and found that ChatGPT and Midjourney can greatly improve work efficiency when used to assist text and graphic creation or content operation. Therefore, the company is trying to recruit candidates with relevant experience in using such tools. At the same time, the company’s internal employees also have a high level of enthusiasm for the use of AI application software, and there are special discussion sessions every week.

However, Zhihu also said that since the recruitment announcement was released, they found that there are not many people in the talent market who can proficiently use AI tools, so they only used this requirement as a bonus point. If the candidate can get started and has a deep learning awareness, the company will also consider that they meet the recruitment requirements. After recruitment, they will explore and learn how to use AI tools together.

Zhihu stated that AI tools have been deployed in the content operation position, and they are also paying attention to the AI needs of education in the workplace. In the future, they will launch high-quality AI courses.

Basic work replaced, young professionals face challenges

“AI courses are also our direction in the future.” Liu Yali said that when Yangtu Education recruited content creation positions online this year, they mentioned the need to “use AI applications.”

Liu Yali also found that there are not many fresh graduates who can proficiently use software such as ChatGPT. “But AI software will inevitably become a very good office assistant tool, and everyone should master it.” Therefore, she believes that it is imperative to increase courses in this area.

“Nowadays, the so-called recruitment of AI application talents is actually recruiting people who can ‘talk’ to AI more.” Xie Zewei, chairman of 91 Technology Group, said that the impact of AI application technology on employers actually adjusts the recruitment strategy.

Xie Zewei further explained that, for example, the company used to recruit some programmers to do basic coding work, but now only needs mid-to-high-level programmers. AI has done the basic work. For example, the company’s legal department used to need assistants for lawyers, but now AI can complete the assistant’s work.

Xie Zewei also stated that the positions directly affected by AI are ranked in terms of the degree of impact, with the first being basic programmers, the second being image design, and the third being text editing.

As the chairman of the company, Xie Zewei also admitted that the sudden emergence of AI applications is not friendly to young professionals. Young people generally start with basic work after arriving at a job, but now most of the basic work can be done with AI. “This is the inevitable result of technological progress. It can only make young people work harder, have abilities that AI does not have, or ask questions to AI, and continue to learn with the help of AI.”

Since AI tools can improve efficiency, have companies tried to replace some of their existing employees with AI, other than adjusting their hiring plans? Regarding this, the responsible persons of 91 Technology and Alpaca Education both stated that they have not yet optimized their personnel because the development of AI applications has just begun.

Shang Hongliang, the head of the 91 Technology R&D center, said that from his observation, although colleagues have begun to use AI in the office to varying degrees and have indeed reflected an improvement in efficiency, their workload is still relatively heavy.

However, he also realized that with the development of AI technology, employees need to do more challenging work. “But what specific work is, this still requires each company to research. The company needs to find the work that employees can realize their value and find the work that is most suitable for AI, which will change the entire company’s work process and positions. It’s just that because the time for AI to intervene in the office is relatively short, this has not been put on the agenda.”