COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world drastically. The situation is believed to remain somehow the same in coming months. Whether you’re a working professional or entering into penultimate year of your degree, there are certain set of skills which will help you out in the world of ‘new normal’.
Here are the list of top skills you’ll need to advance your career post pandemic situation;
Flexibility and Adaptability: Getting flexible and adaptable is something which everyone should become used to. Organizations are constantly adapting to the new working guidelines issued by the government. There aren’t fixed working hours anywhere right now, employees are working even during their leisure time. Due to the stark rise in the work from home culture, companies are making a lot of profit by reducing office space and maintenance expenses. It is evident WFH culture might become the permanent practice for some companies.
Critical Thinking: According to reports, hiring managers give more preferences to candidates having critical analysis skills. With the emerging complexity in the technology world, problem-solving has become the most demanding skill every organization look forward to while interviewing a candidate. Critical thinkers dig deeper into the problem and ask important questions pertaining to the origin of the issue. These people are called the ‘thinking tank’ of the organisation.
Technology Acumen: Popularly known as ‘tech-savvy’ is one of the most important skills in the twentieth century. Even before the coronavirus pandemic digital space was expanded at an enormous rate. Today, the majority of the vacancies is related to the digital skills of some kind. If you have solid working knowledge in data literacy, big data, computer programming, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning then, it will definitely boost your job profile.
Emotional Intelligence and Communication Skills: Having excellent communication skills can open doors to unknown opportunities. Similarly, individuals who excel in harnessing emotional intelligence are much preferred for higher-level managerial jobs. An individual having emotional skills are much aware and have empathy for people working around. While WFH is the new norm, written communication skills also become equally important. The art of expressing views with clarity is hard to find and hiring manager lookout for these qualities explicitly during the interview process.
Apart from these skills, employee need to learn how to optimize work life balance. Being self-aware and holding yourself accountable is particularly important during these challenging times.