Future Proofing Your Job
6 June 2017
Technology is inescapable, it affects every aspect of our life. From how we work, relax and live our lives. Technology has created a revolution that will grow for as long as humans continue to develop in their capabilities. Due to this, as humans advance technology, us-to have to advance our skill set, ways in which we can do this in order to future proof ourselves and our careers are as follows:
Keeping up with technology
Keeping up with the growing changes in technology automatically makes a candidate more hireable; an employee less likely to be lost to someone that knows how to utilise the new innervation and It allows employers not to lose out on opportunities or become irrelevant. To future-proof your career it’s important to stay up to date with the latest digital strategies and tools. The mobile web, social media, sponsored content, social monitoring – these are just some of the new digital media trends you should become familiar with. There are many courses, online and/or part-time, that can help you grow those in-demand tech skills
Building and maintaining connections
While it is impossible to know what skills you might need in the future, having a good network of contacts that you can rely on to help you understand new challenges at work is precious and will aid you in learning new skills and abilities, as well as concurring upcoming problems.
Organisations today are increasingly looking for employees that will bring a strong network to the company with them. They know these people will be more likely to be able to solve problems if they have a great list of contacts and resources.
The new generation of workers (millennials) are largely against the idea of settling into a job and expecting to be rewarded for the many years they put in to the company. Instead, they embrace change and job-hop their way into new challenges and more gratifying roles. Rather than having the mindset of someone who is happy to serve out their time, have the mind set of somebody ready to move and the kind of person who lands on their feet no matter what. Focus on the positives and be optimistic; when companies look at making redundancies, those who have an upbeat and can-do attitude are very rarely the first considered.
Making sure you’re in the right sector
You should be working in an organisation that's facing the future head on rather than one whose best years are behind it. The same is true of your sector. You want an industry which is driving change, rather than one that is being pummelled by it.
The growing distress of increasing advancements in technology and the future possibility it will negatively impact the job sector is felt through-out all job platforms, jobsite.co.uk found that candidates are worried about:
- Job loss (49%)
- Skills becoming obsolete (37%)
- Loss of the most enjoyable part of their job (27%)
- Limited opportunities for progression (27%)
- Salary will reduce (26%)
For those that might need a helping hand along the way, below are the top ways that candidates currently develop their knowledge:
- Online learning courses (41%)
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) technical courses (32%)
- Academic courses (17%)
- Management courses (17%)
For a century, workers have been adapting to changing environments and continuously looking to re-skill in order to keep up and this advancement of refined technology is no exception. As a recruiter we, can ensure that candidates are up to this challenge and have skills that are fully future proofed, so their career path is stable.
Written By Alex Hunt