Nobody wants to end up with a job that they really don’t like. Making sure you have the skills required to land the job of your dreams is one way to get to where you want to be. However, nobody knows what the future holds, and it’s a good idea to make sure you have transferrable skills that will safeguard you no matter what happens. Many of the jobs that exist today may not exist in the future. There will also likely be many new jobs in the future that don’t exist right now. With this in mind, it’s important not to put all of your eggs in one basket. Studies estimate that young people will change their jobs at least 7 times throughout their lives, and 5 of these will likely be jobs that don’t exist right now! Here are a few skills that will help to safeguard you no matter what the future holds:
Written/Speaking Communication Skills
Both written and speaking communication skills are essential for most jobs these days. It’s unlikely that a machine will ever truly be able to have a ‘human element’ about it, and this sort of thing is important in many roles these days. By making sure your writing stands out and that you can listen/speak effectively, you will be able to create many opportunities for yourself in the future.
Having entrepreneurial skills is a good idea for the times you feel a little uncertain about your path. Can’t find a role that’s perfect for you? Create one! This is what entrepreneurs do, and with the internet, it’s possible for just about anybody to start a business these days. Having skills like financial literacy and leadership qualities will be a huge help. It’s important to know how to use certain skills, such as innovation, in a business context too.
Having these skills in just about any role can help you to work your way up the ladder too.
Computer coding is something many people can learn, even very young children. It can seem complex at first, but coding bootcamps can make it second nature for young people. With these bootcamps, anyone can become a professional software developer in just 12 weeks, being able to create responsive websites, mobile apps, and more. Most people leave the bootcamps completely job ready. This can be a great opportunity for an in-house developer or somebody who wants to work for themselves. It’s always a good skill to fall back on too.
Critical thinking is a must to establish which information is most relevant. With the way the job industry is going, we all need to develop skills that allow us to better navigate ambiguity and even find comfort in it. Both critical thinking and problem solving skills are crucial for this.
Making sure you have the skills to safeguard your future now, will help to save stress and time later on down the line. You can do anything if you put your mind to it!