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4 Tricks To Stay Relevant In The Job Market

4 Tricks To Stay Relevant In The Job Market

In the now-popular words of the late American futurist Alvin Toffler, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Toffler, who died in 2016, was way ahead of his time when he wrote these words in his 1970 book “Future Shock”. Probably, Toffler had realised that a knowledge-based economy — driven by technological innovation, information, and data will dominate the 21st Century, where the gap between an employee’s existing skill set and the required skill set will constantly widen.

Toffler’s prescient statement, thus, highlights the need for employees to reskill themselves to remain employable this century.

4 Tricks To Stay Relevant In The Job Market

4 Tricks To Stay Relevant In The Job Market
4 Tricks To Stay Relevant In The Job Market

As per ‘The Future of Jobs 2020’ report, 50 per cent of employees will need to reskill themselves by 2025 as newer technologies disrupt the way people work. Not to forget the unprecedented disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has given rise to digital-driven work culture and reliance on internet-enabled technologies. ‘The Future of Jobs 2020’ report by the World Economic Forum has identified certain competencies which employees will need to possess for thriving in the new-age job market. These competencies are required in a cross-section of jobs — traditional as well as new-age — and careers as they help employees remain relevant in the 21st-century world.

 

1.Critical Thinking

 

Critical thinking is perhaps the biggest sector-neutral competency a 21st-century employee can possess. In simple terms, critical thinking entails finding out the “why” and “how” of any subject to better understand it.

For instance: To understand climate change, it is important to know why and how it impacts the globe, not just know “what” the phenomenon is. Critical thinking requires people to evaluate information gathered from observation, experience, reflection or reasoning to correctly diagnose and resolve any problem. Be it a traditional field like law or a modern job like data analysis, critical thinking is perhaps the biggest sector-neutral competency a 21st-century employee can possess.

 

  1. Creativity and Originality

 

Employees who can not only churn out original ideas but also creatively resolve complex problems will be valued by companies.

“Thinking out-of-the-box” – this often-used term encapsulates this skill.  Noted author Sir Ken Robinson has defined creativity as “the process of having original ideas that have value”. In the context of careers, “value” is the differentiator between an ordinary idea and a great idea. Great ideas, when they work out in the real world, become pathbreaking disruptions. And there can be no creativity without original thinking. With start-ups as well as established brands looking to become “disruptors”, employees who can not only churn out original ideas but also creatively resolve complex problems will be valued by companies.

 

  1. Resilience

 

High performing employees are often hailed for their resilience. The ability to bounce back despite facing challenges is nothing but resilience. The 2020 Microsoft Work Trend Index has shown 29 per cent of the Indian workforce experiencing increased burnout at work during the pandemic. Pandemic or otherwise, workload-related stress has led to many employees complaining of burnout. Resilience, thus, is considered an invaluable skill in a 21st-century employee. Being resilient at a workplace involves three aspects: The ability to handle stress effectively, work within set deadlines and adapt to the ever-evolving workspace. Needless to say, high performing employees are often hailed for their resilience.

 

  1. Emotional Intelligence

 

The ability to empathise with people and effectively handle different personality types in a common workspace help in building a strong and efficient team.

 

Dr Daniel Goleman had coined the term ’emotional intelligence’ or EQ to define one’s ability to manage feelings into Xpress them appropriately and effectively. Empathy and the ability to handle other people’s emotions effectively, also called social skills – form a major part of EQ.

 

The ability to empathise with people and effectively handle different personality types in a common workspace help in building a strong and efficient team.

Subhangee Guha

Break the Newz.

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