Investing in your skills on a long term will help you boost your career
In a constantly changing working environment, having the right set of skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of the professional life. But what is “the right set of skills”? We believe that it’s not something that you only achieve once, but a continuous process, adapted to your needs, the market’s changes and employment’s industry structure.
The technological progress has shaped the working environment and will continue to do so. Technology is nevertheless impacting our education, the workplace, our professional career and our daily life. Of course, we can’t put the blame only on technology. It’s also about the lack of natural resources, climate change, the economic and geo-political changes, the worldwide connectivity and the freedom that the Internet has brought. To keep up with all the changes in our modern lives, we all need new work-related skills (hard skills), but also soft skills, where flexibility and adaptability will be the top key points.
After some research that we made, we found out that there is a top 5 set of skills that most of employers like to meet at their future employees, regarding the position they are hired for, and that are present in most of the job descriptions:
1. Communication – it refers to how good you are at speaking, writing (an email, a copy, a presentation) and listening (actively), whether the person on the other side is a colleague, a client or a stakeholder.
2. Team work – we are social beings and we usually work in high connected environments, so, how well you deal with others is of high importance.
3. Project management – nowadays, when time seems almost like a utopia, being a good project manager is a must.
4. Social skills – on every level of your life, personal or professional, people are the most important component; thus, being able to interact, to be empathetic, is a plus.
5. Proactive, “problem solving” attitude – let’s face it, no one wants a crying baby in the team. Instead, employers appreciate those people who aren’t afraid to take the bull by the horns, as well as those who come up with smart and innovative ideas every day.
So, you wonder what the right set of skills will bring you? More employment opportunities, career development opportunities, personal growth, and increase in your knowledge and understanding of your local industry.
How can you get new skills or improve the ones you have already have? Books, online and offline trainings, coaching or mentoring are the most important to mention. Also, don’t forget that your skills must be aligned with your career plan, as well as with the market demands.
Here are some examples of skills that will be in high demand from employers in the future, as well as some industries and careers that are expected to grow in the next years. Regarding the skills, you can look at the process of learning from two perspectives: the personal one, in which you look for courses and get involved in projects and experiences that can enforce/form those skills and the perspective in which you work for companies that value continuous development and invest in growing opportunities for employees.