Innovations create supply chain that spurs new careers and income throughout the system

Innovations create supply chain that spurs
new careers and income throughout the system

Mentioning Rawit Harn-utsaha, people tend to think of him as the CEO of Srichand Saha-osot, who has successfully revived SRICHAND as a popular Thai cosmetics brand among Asian women. Many others may remember him as the page and podcast creator of Mission to The Moon, a creative space that provides business knowledge, marketing insights and various ideas in life.

The Innovation Thailand has the opportunity to talk to him in another aspect -- how innovations can create career opportunities.

How important is the innovation to Thailand?

I must say that it is extremely important. New innovations, also known as the S-curve, determine the direction of our country, how to make money, how to take care of your own country, or how to build the country to be on par with foreign countries.  If we looked at countries where innovation is the main focus in national development such as South Korea or Singapore, we can see that they are growing rapidly and adding values. It is not enough to introduce the innovation once and for all, but it requires a continued process to add more and more values from the innovation.

So how can it help to create new careers and income?

The emergence of new things gives rise to development of the supply chain which creates new jobs and revenue. If the innovation can increase the value of products and services, the income will also rise in tandem.

Is it necessary to apply technology to help?

I don't think so. Some innovations are clearly technology based, but some are not at all. For example, South Korea's Soft Power trend, which spans from Korean series to singers, products, cosmetics, and clothes, do not have any more outstanding technological features than any other countries. But they succeed in offering newness which we can call it innovation too.

What will be the future career trend?

I believe there will be more varieties. A person may have several professions and many roles to play. I believe that the speed of adaptation will be faster and people need to learn new things quicker.

So I believe that 50% of new jobs over the next decade may be unknown by names today. They will be largely based on two broad subjects - technology and human-related matters. The technology is definitely inevitable and there will be a greater involvement in the future. Therefore, technology-related careers will come and the technological knowledge is required. We may not need to do coding or anything like this, but we need Technology Literacy or the knowledge of using technology.

On the human-related matter, the more automation and AI we have, as already in the global trend, the ability to deal with people will become an increasingly important skill under which the professionals are measured. Technology aside, I believe that career trends will involve Human Touch as well.

What are your suggestions for people who want to develop Thai innovations?

Honestly, I must say that Thailand has many areas to cover in terms of innovation. I believe that Thai people have enough knowledge and ability to do so. What we see overseas is that the people in their countries are supportive, especially in the early stages of development like in South Korea and Japan. This is evident in the beginning. I would like to see the same thing happening in Thailand. 

It is another interesting aspect that the innovation may not necessarily be technology related. What matters most is the newness which Thai people already have the ability to make it possible, only if Thai people recognise and support them. It will eventually lead to the creation of income and careers for the Thai people in the whole system.