The workplace as we know it is changing, and we need to know how to change with the times in order to keep up – or at least so that we can try to stay ahead of the game!
Here are tops skills that would help you stay ahead:
An understanding of new media
Video is growing. It’s growing fast. The number of people who expect video to be available instantly and in high definition is extremely high – and therefore so is the demand for people who can supply these videos.
As well as video, the ability to make websites, apps, podcasts, and a whole lot has become increasingly valuable. It won’t be long before it is simply assumed that people will be able to make these things – so the test will be about who can make them best.
, most employers are looking for candidates with strong communication abilities. Although communication skills are consistently emphasized throughout our lives, employers in the report found the skill relatively hard to come by.
The ability to communicate effectively is not only extremely effective in the business world, it is an essential life skill. Whether you’re not so great at writing, you don’t feel like you’re very persuasive, or anything in between, challenge yourself to work on one thing at a time to improve your professional communication.
An understanding of marketing
It doesn’t matter what profession or industry you belong to—at the end of the day, your success depends on the customer. That’s why it’s essential to understand why consumers make the decisions they do and how you can use this information to your company’s advantage.
Marketing is the major way a business communicates its value to potential customers. It’s important that you understand and practice that type of communication in the business world. In order to excel and advance in your career, you should display a deep understanding of how to effectively market your company to stand out amongst competitors.
Competition for jobs is intense, so you need imagination in order to stand out from the crowd. But that’s not all. Once people land themselves a job they assume that they are going to be fine for the foreseeable future. This isn’t necessarily true. The people who will excel in the future are those who are most able to find imaginative solutions to tricky problems.
A key skill is to see the big picture, listen, synthesise ideas, and connect the dots. Steve Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.”
Which of these skills have you developed? And which would you be working on? Talk to us via the comment box!