Do you have the skills for the future job market?

New Thinking 18 October 2017 Bruce Keightley

Digital disruption is rife. Modern entrepreneurs view a profit margin as a business opportunity and increasingly use technology to carve themselves a niche. Think Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and Netflix.

The use of Agile to implement these disruptive changes is seen as a necessity, not an option. Add to the mix the exponential growth in computing power, advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality and growing automation capabilities and leaders and academics are predicting not just job losses, but the complete disappearance of some jobs. Opinion on the effect of these changes varies with Oxford University predicting that as many as 47% of current jobs will no longer exist in 25 years. So what does that mean for the skill set you need for the future?

Along with the technical skills needed to develop and support technology, future workers will need a working knowledge of Agile and a range of soft skills to remain competitive in the future workforce. So what are these skills and how should you go about acquiring them? Here goes...

  1. Leadership – take a cross-disciplinary approach to project teamwork. Participate in leading and following to prepare for your career  

  2. Collaboration – choose courses that are collaborative and measure success by team results

  3. Adaptability – take advantage of flexible course schedules and learning platforms to work, raise a family, volunteer and learn

  4. Innovation – seek out learning environments that build technology and media influence

  5. Cross-cultural exposure – learn in a diverse classroom to gain opportunities to build cross-cultural understanding

  6. Critical thinking – take coursework that offers an opportunity to engage in self-directed, project-based and applied learning

  7. Multi-platform communication – learn in an environment that requires participation in many modes of communication

  8. Productivity – select a provider that believes a code of conduct in learning situations to build accountability and productivity

  9. Accessing, analysing and synthesising information – seek out a market-driven curriculum focused on real cross-functional issues to help you think about how issues interconnect

  10. Entrepreneurship – work on developing the ability to solve current and relevant issues in the safety of the classroom environment

In future, when you make it to the interview stage of a job application, the interviewers will assume that you have the technical skills for the job at hand. Instead, the focus of the interview will be to determine if you have a working knowledge of Agile and to assess your abilities in a range of soft skills.

Check out the range of courses at Assurity Education which can help you acquire the relevant Agile skills complemented by these soft skills.

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