Unlocking Career Success: Four Ways to Boost Your Career with AI

Speaker discussing Artificial Intelligence

In today’s rapidly evolving job market, integrating artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer a choice; it’s a necessity.  

“AI is something that people need to be aware of because it’s not the future. It is here. Now,” Mike Grandinetti, an AI strategist, said. “That’s because GenerativeAI tools like ChatGPT are accessible to everyone at every level of any organization, in every function. You no longer need the support of Data Scientists to put AI to use to improve productivity in your organization.” 

But, not everyone knows when and how to best use AI, especially as its applications multiply daily, said Grandinetti, an industry founder teaching AI workshops offered through Babson Executive Education’s “Rapid Innovation” professional development series. 

“Artificial intelligence itself is not new; its origins date to the 1950s. However, its accessibility to the broader public only became a reality recently, thanks to exponential growth in computing power and data,” Grandinetti said. “With technologies like GPT-4, we’re now able to fully leverage these advancements.” 

Grandinetti suggested several simple ways to incorporate AI into your career. 

Introduction: Users will need to become comfortable with the platform before they can know how best to apply it. 

“There are a lot of people that don’t know what they don’t know. They may be intimidated because they automatically think anything AI-related is complex by nature,” Grandinetti said. “Whether you are leading a company or heading up a department, or just looking to improve your own professional productivity, this is just something that people will need to know how to use. It’s not complex but it does take hands -on practice to master.”  

Stephen Flavin, executive director of Babson Executive Education.
Stephen Flavin, executive director of Babson Executive Education, hosted a virtual AI workshop earlier this year.

Task Automation: Embrace AI to automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks, freeing up valuable hours for strategic thinking. AI tools can manage sales-led nurturing and meeting setups, responding to customer inquiries or complaints, and streamlining data analysis, allowing you to focus on high-impact activities. “As a result, users of these tools are reporting higher levels of job satisfaction.” 

“This means you can be more productive because you are not tied down by the more tedious aspects of your job,” Grandinetti said. “As a result, users of these tools are reporting higher levels of job satisfaction.”

Research and Brainstorming: Use AI for efficient data collection, analysis, and synthesis in your role or industry. AI’s data-driven insights can enhance your decision-making process. You can summarize massive amounts of text from PDFs, research reports, and books to get data-driven insights that can enhance your decision-making process. Leverage AI analytics to make well-informed choices, whether in market expansion, project management, financial planning, or resource allocation. AI also can be helpful during the conception phase. 

“What’s also amazing is its ability to rapidly create a large number of high-quality ideas that you can build on either for a new product, a new service, or new company,” Grandinetti said. “It essentially performs as a co-pilot or a co-founder.” 

Personal Branding: AI-powered marketing tools and data analytics can help you tailor your personal brand and your content to your target audience, making your online presence more effective and compelling. 

Stephen Flavin, executive director of Babson Executive Education, said education about AI also helps users decide how to best apply the new tool. 

“Rushing into training on generative AI without a firm sense of what problems you’re trying to solve is like swinging a bat without a piñata in sight,” Flavin said. “Education on new trends must be paired with flexible frameworks that apply to multiple situations, as well as higher level analysis of a company’s problems and goals.” 

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