Want to succeed in today’s competitive workforce? You’ll need to be creative, have a strong entrepreneurial streak, and posses a solid background in technology.
Here is a closer look at five of the key skills you’ll need to thrive in today’s evolving workforce.
The Entrepreneurial Drive
Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean that you have to start your own business, though that’s entirely possible. Being entrepreneurial also means that you’re willing to take risks in your career, initiate projects at your workplace, and suggest new ideas to your superiors.
An example? If you initiate a food-delivery service for the already successful independent grocer for which you work, that’s being entrepreneurial. You’re creating, on your own, a new business line for your employer.
This spirit will help you get noticed by your managers and bosses. That’s always a positive.
Technology is Key
You don’t have to be an IT genius or know the inner workings of a computer to succeed today. But you do need at least some background in technology and science. Employers today are filling their openings with people who possess a background in science, technology, engineering and math, better known as the STEM core competencies.
Again, you don’t have to be an engineer to land a solid job today. But it definitely pays to take some engineering, science, and math courses while gaining your degree in education, communications, accounting, or other fields.
Companies today consider applicants with at least some STEM background to possess the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in today’s workforce.
You Have To Adapt
You might get jealous when talking to your parents; they might have been able to do one job for the majority of their adult lives. That option isn’t realistic today. If you want to thrive in today’s working world, you’ll need to adapt and you’ll need to do it often.
Just look at how the jobs of journalists have changed in the last 10 years. Today, journalists are expected to blog, Tweet, and post on Facebook. The electronic side of the business has become crucial.
The job of teachers has changed, too. No longer can teachers rely on static ditto sheets and workbooks. Today’s teachers must rely on YouTube, streaming video, and PowerPoint to reach their students.
If you’re afraid to adapt, you will be left behind.
The Importance of Communicating
Are you a good communicator? You better be if you want to succeed today.
It’s far too easy for employees to focus on their computer screens all day. Too many of us have forgotten the important art of face-to-face communication.
Want to set yourself apart from your co-workers? Communicate confidently with your bosses and managers. Don’t be afraid to request face-to-face meeting time with them to pitch ideas and business proposals.
You can get a lot done in front of a computer screen, but you can truly advance your career by turning away from the keyboard every once in a while.
Working as a Team
Companies today expect their employees to work collaboratively – teamwork has become an especially valued skill.
Learning how to work effectively as a team, though, isn’t a skill that comes naturally. Many workers, especially younger ones raised with technology, are used to going it alone. They’ll spend hours watching streaming video on their tablets.
If you want to catch the attention of key personnel at your company, take a leadership role in collaborative tasks. Organize meetings of your team. Set the agenda for them. Make valuable contributions. Your teamwork skills won’t go unnoticed.