How to Future-Proof Your Career Through Changing Times

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Where do you see your job a decade from today? Five years ago, no one knew what changes the job market would go through this year. The current disruption in the job market proves that every career professional should work to future-proof their career. Do you consider your skill set future-proof? If you cannot answer that question in a strong affirmative, you need to get the following done;

Stay Technologically Updated

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Technological advancement is causing major disruptions across all industries. Choosing to stay uninformed of emerging technologies in your industry can be a huge stumbling block to your career. If you aren’t aware of technologies that are currently disrupting your industry, get on board and start learning them. Even if they might not directly affect your job, you never know how they will come in handy tomorrow.

Acquire Skills that Can Be Transferred Across Industries

Seek to gain skills that cut across most industries. Identify the skills in your role that employers are looking for right now. You can do this with a simple search on job portals like BrighterMonday. For example, if you are an accountant, check the requirements by different employers in different industries for their ideal accountants. If you notice a trend in particular skills, make a mental note to acquire them urgently if you don’t possess them currently.

Expand Your Horizon

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Break out of your comfort zones. Be ready to do things you have never imagined before. For instance, before March this year, very few people were used to working remotely. Currently, most companies have working remotely as an option for their staff. This means that you need to be flexible to adapt to changes as they come and maintain productivity at the same time.

Foster Good Work Connections and Networks

As you grow in your career, you realize that your network will at times reflect on your net worth. The saying, “it’s a matter of who you know” rings true. Through worthy connections and networks within your industry, you stay informed of new job opportunities, trends, industry information and events. So many success stories involve collaboration from people who knew each other and pushed each other to greatness. So, seek to add a worthy connection to your network every opportunity you get.

Have an Open Mind  

Be open to change even it means changing your career path. It can be very difficult to come to terms with the fact that you may need to move on to a new career. Be honest with yourself. If you do not see any opportunities to grow in your current place its time to look elsewhere. Do your best work and look for another alternative career path in the process as well. You will eventually land on your dream career in due time. 

 

Doreen Mueke
Doreen is the Senior Content Marketer at Ringier One Africa Media.