Are Your Skills Ready for Tomorrow’s Workplace?

In the workplace or anywhere else, the only thing you can count on is change.  The workplace has been changing since the beginning of time and the only way to keep up is to continue learning and acquiring new skills.   

CNBC made the following statement in an article from January 8th 2019: According to research from McKinsey, nearly one-third of U.S. workers will need to find new jobs by 2030 in response to rapid advancements in technology. These advancements mean that workers need to constantly be learning new skills.

 A Harvard Extension school article reported thatadministrative and manufacturing roles will see the steepest decline while media, education, energy, and health care are all undergoing major tech disruptions.”  I’d like to add the insurance industry to that list.

The article also discussed the skills gap study that was done by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute.  This study identified five main skills that will be needed to succeed in the workplace of the future.  Note that there is only one skill NOT related to technology.

·        Technology and computer skills

·        Digital literacy and competency

·        Working knowledge of tech-enabled tools and techniques

·        Robot and automation programming

·        Critical thinking

Fortunately (and thanks to technology), continuing education is more accessible than ever before, and much can be learned without paying the cost of higher education.  Free courses are offered through MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).  There are also endless certification courses available online that vary drastically in price—look for ones that are accredited.

If you’re wondering what certifications you should consider, Global Knowledge developed a list of the Top Paying IT Certifications.  Among them Project Manager, Scrum Master, Cloud Architect and 13 others.

LinkedIn provided a list of eight certifications that, according to LinkedIn, impress recruiters including PMP (project manager) HR certifications such as PHR and SPHR, and sales certifications.

This is a lot of information, I know.  My advice?  Ask yourself what you would do if you had to look for a job today.  Find the job postings that interest you and look at the qualifications.  You can also check out LinkedIn Learning/Lynda, Udemy, Skillshare, LearnDash, and more. Then pursue the skills or certifications you need to fill the gaps. 

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