Do You Have The Right Skills? Part I

There are few certainties about the future of work but little doubt about the importance of having the right skills. Employment in the future will depend on the skills you have and the demand from employers for those skills.

Technology is changing every aspect of our lives at home and at work and will continue to change what we do and how we do it.

The disruption caused by the use of technology is only just beginning or as Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos likes to say: “We are only at the start of Day One”.

Skills will play a crucial role in deciding employment and career opportunities, as companies around the world compete for people and markets.

In a world where the smartphone influences so much of our personal and professional life, the nature of work is changing as we become more flexible and mobile in everything we do.

As a result, there is a need for individuals, businesses, educators and governments to consider what the future holds and how to prepare for it.

The best way, and perhaps the only way, is to consider what skills are needed and how best to get them.

Schools, colleges and universities need to provide students with the right skills and governments need to invest in skills development to compete with other countries.

In a rapidly changing world it is difficult to predict the future but it is likely that the demand for skills will increase in all areas of business, as technology continues to disrupt traditional habits and patterns.

The workplace will keep changing as businesses find better ways of doing things and become more responsive and sensitive to the demands of the market.

Businesses, driven by technology and the market, will employ smaller numbers of skilled staff supported by the flexibility and reduced costs of external contractors and specialists.

Less people will enjoy long-term permanent secure jobs and they will only find security in the level and range of skills they provide to ever more cautious and risk adverse employers.

SO, predicting the future may be a fool’s game but it is reasonable to say the nature of work will keep changing and the best way to stay relevantis to develop the right skills.

What do you think?

Do you have the right skills?

Look forward to your comments.