Know your stuff
This might feel like an obvious thing to say given that you have been working in your chosen sector for a while but things change.
. If you work in a sector that has a professional body, become a member, if you haven’t before. Its well worth the price of membership as its their job to bring to you any latest updates in the sector which means you’ll be able to spend less time doing so on your own.
Find out about new innovations
Finding out about what is happening in the wider world of work is very important in this day and age. Technological advances means the way we buy, absorb knowledge or seek information is very different to what we did 10 to 15 years ago. Are you in a business to consumer sector? If so, how does your company make use of social media to reach out to its customers? Is this a part of your role? If so, are there any new innovations that you can tap into to show that you are keeping up to date?
We often hear the expression, ‘evolve or die’ This is very true in today’s world where ways of working are much more geared towards automation and the use of technology. Are you working in a sector or job role that is on the decline? As organisations continue to evolve, you find that their requirements of you may change. Research tells us that Skills such as project management, analytical and technical are far more sought after than they were a few years ago. If you don’t have the skills, there are many ways to develop these skills without giving up your day job. Online training websites such as LinkedIn Learning, Udemy and SkillShare, to name but a few offer accessible training on a wide range of subjects, all of which can be mastered from the comfort of your own home.
Make sure you are reasonably tech savvy
Many organisations are taking advantage of the technological age to automate an increasing number of functions. This means not only fewer people are needed in the workplace but the ability to use technology to perform in your role is essential. You may have heard the term, agile working. This is a growing trend in most workplaces where the employers in a bid to save on accommodation costs are looking for employees to work from locations away from the main office. This might mean working from a local hub, or homeworking. As part of this trend, you will need to be able to communicate with the workplace though tools such as Skype, Google Hangouts, One drive or Google drive
It does take more effort in todays world of work but it is essential that you continue to look over the horizon to make sure you don’t become part of a dying breed. Mind-sets such as ‘we’ve always done it this way’ are starting to be replaced with ‘how can we do this differently’ . You want to be at the forefront of this way of thinking to ensure you sought after and relevant in an ever changing world of work.
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