The Future Of Work: Five Essential Skills For The New Normal
The pandemic changed our society forever, and the way we work will never be the same. We see an increase in remote working and the use of digital tools. We have to adapt to the new normal and continue to reach our career goals. These are five essential skills that will help you do that.
The Covid-19 pandemic only demonstrated the importance of having emotional intelligence and knowing how to manage your feelings. Resilience is the ability to adapt to challenging situations without suffering a serious impact on your mental health. How many of us find ourselves feeling lonely, isolated, depressed, and anxious during this year?
Many people didn’t know how to manage those emotions, and they affected their daily lives and their performance at work. Being resilient will allow you to overcome the hardships that will come in the future, like the one we experienced this year.
Plus, besides being beneficial to your personal life, employers are also looking for resilient workers. Resilience will become from now on an essential skill to have for all aspects of your life. You can use some of the resources available if you feel like you don’t know how to cope.
As I mentioned before, the months in lockdown and the distancing measures have left many people feeling isolated and lonely. But we should put effort into connecting with others by communicating. We should use the tech tools we have at hand to talk with friends and family. Talking about what we feel helps us understand those emotions and how to manage them.
In the workplace, almost everyone had to start working from home, and even now, they continue with that modality. One of the keys to being a successful remote worker is having strong communication skills. Working with a remote team requires more communication than a team working in one office. They have to constantly talk about what they are doing to make sure everyone is on the same page.
In the case of remote working, it is better to over communicate than the opposite. Plus, if you are looking for a new job, strong written and verbal communication skills have moved to the top of the list of many job positions in every industry.
Because many companies have transitioned into remote working, digital literacy has become a must-have. How will you do your job remotely when you don’t even know your way around a computer? To be realistic, very few people nowadays don’t know how to use a computer. But you should be able to easily use all the tools required for remote working and any software needed in your profession.
Knowing how to use online platforms and digital tools is essential in the world we live in today. And if you want to learn a little bit more, you can look for an online course that will teach you the basics of any skill you want. If what you need is more proficiency in Google spreadsheets or Excel or learning more about social media platforms, there is a resource on the Internet for anything.
Many people have realized this year the importance of personal finances, especially those who found themselves suddenly unemployed and with no savings to fall back on. Knowing how to manage your money goes beyond being able to pay your bills. It means making monthly budgets, saving money, and even further, learning how to invest. Personal financing should be a skill taught since high school, and if you still don’t have it, you should learn it before anything else.
One thing that happened with the pandemic was that many people lost their job, and many won’t go back to those positions after the pandemic. In some ways, the virus increased the transition into a digitalized world. And the increase in technology has accelerated the pace at which many professions are disappearing. The truth is that close to two-thirds of primary school students will have jobs that don’t yet exist.
So, you should consider learning a tech skill that will guarantee you a job in the next few decades. One of the benefits of the tech industry is that you can make a career without a degree. And you will have one of the highest salaries in the country, way above the national average.
You should learn resilience, strong communication, digital literacy, personal finances, and a tech skill if you want to succeed in the new reality after the pandemic. You can start by looking for online courses or free resources that can help you learn more about each skill. For example, for developing resilience, many self-help books teach you excellent exercises. The idea is to start now so you can be prepared for the future.