5 Ways You Could Future-Proof Your Career
In the National Day 2016 speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong commented that our economy is at a turning point where globalisation and technological change are disrupting our work, forcing the entire industries to either perish or innovate. Singaporeans continue to be worried about their jobs as they face threats from workers and innovations like computers and robots. In view of these challenges, here are 5 suggested ways you could future-proof your career:
Develop in-demand skills and experience
Your tertiary education may not suffice in guiding you along your career. If 21st century skills like critical thinking and communication skills are essential, it is therefore crucial to attend workshops to upgrade yourself and sharpen your skills. Where technologies now rule the world, get updated on how to utilise technological tools. Choose two skills that you can advance on each year, be sure to monitor and keep track of your progress. Do not confine your development just to your current job scope; be updated with broad-based knowledge, it makes you more versatile to switch to a new job scope. E.g. you could be a lawyer with banking skills or a technology expert with financial experience.
Have a global mindset
Globalisations are common among companies today in many industries. To thrive in the international marketplace, it is becoming a necessity to learn to work in diverse cultures. If you are set on working for a European MNC for instance, acquiring competency in a foreign language will be an added advantage. For the more adventurous, you might go a step further to request for overseas work assignments in order to gain greater exposure. As you gain more experiences working in the global arena, you will become more confident. To include the international experience on your resume would definitely be a plus point for employers to note.
Build a strong professional network
As the saying goes: what you know is important, who you know is even more important. The relationships with the people whom you have built within and outside of your organisation are always assets to treasure. With changing employment landscapes, these relationships can help you weather the changes and provide new opportunities. Additionally, having a career mentor can also guide your way to learn new skills, technologies and strategies that will steer your career in the right direction. It is good to keep building strong networks by staying closely connected and regularly attending relevant and professional networking sessions.
Know your environment
Keep abreast of the changes and trends in your field of profession and industry and choose to work for employers that operate a stable and sustainable business. Experts advise that you should conduct a PEST (Political, Economic, Socio-Cultural and Technological) analysis of your industry and understand the bigger external forces of change that you could be exposed to and how you may take advantage of the opportunities they present.
We are living in volatile times and an uncertain future, you will encounter setbacks no matter how hard you prepare and plan your career. It is necessary to strengthen your mind and cultivate your will to have the ability to bounce back quickly and consider these setbacks as growth experiences. Moving from your familiar areas and comfort zones are never easy. But, it will become more probable as we maneuver in a fast changing global economic landscape.
To survive the waters, it is highly necessary to be resilient by being versatile, adaptable and setting realistic goals as you transit and venture into new pursuits.