What strategies should individualstake to become most employable? Inour planning for the future, it is fair to assume that the working environmentwill change drastically.
As the technology advance, it also creates new jobcategories. The kind of jobs that didnot exist a decade ago includes app developer, market research data miner,admissions consultant, social media or community manager, cloud computingservices, and the list is growing. Studies strongly agree that these trends aremaking the layout of the future workspace. All these trends have the potentialto make significant changes in the way we work, threatening many people andeven experts in their fields obsolete.Ina recent research, it was found that there is a need for development in orderto be prepared for tomorrow’s workplace.
Around the world, the number oneconcern people expressed was that their ability and skills to perform rapidlychanging jobs would render them obsolete. Additionally, only 50 percent of theemployees from the survey believe the skills they have today will be the skillsthey need just three years from now. The face of the workforce is shifting tobe more diverse and global. Executives agreed strongly that they will be hiringmore contingent, part-time, and contract labor, meaning the future of work willbe comprised of a more flexible workforce. (Willyerd and Mistick, 2016)Itis clear that substantial change is on its way, and efforts must be put to closethe skill gaps by understanding the nature of change in the industry.
One wayto bridge the gap is to educate oneself with new technological changes.Retraining in the field can give us an edge in our field. We must also findways to connect with people who are already working in or towards the changing environment.
Learning from others experience is also a good way. Incorporating the S-curemodel will give us the direction needed in our learning cycle. “We may be quite adept at doing the matharound our future when things are linear, but neither business nor life islinear, and ultimately what our brain needs, even requires, is the dopamine ofthe unpredictable. More importantly, as we inhabit an increasingly zig-zagworld, the best curve you can throw the competition is your ability to leapfrom one learning curve to the next.” (Mendez and Johnson, 2012) Citation – 1. Willyerd, Karie, and Mistick, Barbara.
2016. Stretch: TheFive Practices to Future-Proof Yourself in Tomorrows Workplace. Hoboken: JohnWiley & Sons, Incorporated.
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