The world of work is changing rapidly. Technological advancements and the global pandemic call for massive changes in how we live and work.
Some job categories will become obsolete or automated due to robots taking over labour. Other shifts such as covid-19 have transformed traditional workplaces to virtual offices. Companies are adapting to these changes by re-writing the rules.
How do employees survive and thrive during such turbulent times? How can you ensure that your professional lives stay intact, despite risks of job loss and industry disruptions?
Here are three things you can do to help you increase your job security during these uncertain times.
1. Develop skills required by the new world of work.
Instead of job titles, place emphasis on skills and aptitudes. The future world of work is for people who can solve real world problems. In addition to technical skills required by specific roles, resiliency, adaptability, problem-solving, and innovation are all transferable skills that will not change with technology.
Resiliency – the ability to bounce back from challenges and handle tough times
Adaptability – the ability to adjust to novel situations
Problem-solving – the ability to use creativity and intelligence to solve challenges
Innovation – the ability to come up with new ideas and solutions
Networking is a valuable skill to develop which comes in handy when you are seeking new opportunities, need help or looking to collaborate. Build and maintain professional relationships now instead of waiting for the moment you are stuck. You never know what doors can open up for you through meaningful connections.
3. Develop robot-proof capabilities.
There are certain skills such as empathy and compassion that robots do not have. Jobs that require human contact are unlikely to be replaced by AI. These human-centric skills that build connection and nurture relationships are going to be extremely valuable to cultivate if you want to stay ahead of the game.
Global upheavals, labour market changes and unexpected layoffs aren’t easy to navigate. However, upskilling yourself and investing in continuous learning & development will help you face these times with greater ease and success.
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