What strategies should individuals
take to become most employable?
our planning for the future, it is fair to assume that the working environment
will change drastically. As the technology advance, it also creates new job
categories. The kind of jobs that did
not exist a decade ago includes app developer, market research data miner,
admissions consultant, social media or community manager, cloud computing
services, and the list is growing. Studies strongly agree that these trends are
making the layout of the future workspace. All these trends have the potential
to make significant changes in the way we work, threatening many people and
even experts in their fields obsolete.
a recent research, it was found that there is a need for development in order
to be prepared for tomorrow’s workplace. Around the world, the number one
concern people expressed was that their ability and skills to perform rapidly
changing jobs would render them obsolete. Additionally, only 50 percent of the
employees from the survey believe the skills they have today will be the skills
they need just three years from now. The face of the workforce is shifting to
be more diverse and global. Executives agreed strongly that they will be hiring
more contingent, part-time, and contract labor, meaning the future of work will
be comprised of a more flexible workforce. (Willyerd and Mistick, 2016)
is clear that substantial change is on its way, and efforts must be put to close
the skill gaps by understanding the nature of change in the industry. One way
to 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 find
ways 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-cure
model will give us the direction needed in our learning cycle.
“We may be quite adept at doing the math
around our future when things are linear, but neither business nor life is
linear, and ultimately what our brain needs, even requires, is the dopamine of
the unpredictable. More importantly, as we inhabit an increasingly zig-zag
world, the best curve you can throw the competition is your ability to leap
from one learning curve to the next.” (Mendez and Johnson, 2012)
Willyerd, Karie, and Mistick, Barbara. 2016. Stretch: The
Five Practices to Future-Proof Yourself in Tomorrows Workplace. Hoboken: John
Wiley & Sons, Incorporated. Accessed January 24, 2018. ProQuest Ebook
Mendez, Juan C., and Johnson, Whitney. 2012. Throw Your
Life a Curve. Sept 03, 2012. Accessed Jan 26, 2018. https://hbr.org/2012/09/throw-your-life-a-curve