If you ask the single most important skill one needs to possess today, the answer would be “Adaptability”. As per the study conducted by Linkedin and PWC, globally countries are losing $150 Billion due to talent mismatch. There are enough job seekers available in the market yet there are unfulfilled positions! The reason is – adaptability. Adaptability is the willingness of job seekers to change roles and industries and also the employer’s willingness to provide opportunity to their employees to get trained in multiple skills. PwC came up with a way to measure the adaptability of workforce of 11 countries – known as Talent Adaptability Score (TAS). Netherlands tops the list while India and China fall way behind.So what should a job seeker do to prepare for the future? Couple of things to keep in mind:
- Ability to learn new skills is becoming more important than hanging on to existing skills for ever. Prepare yourself to constantly learn new skills in your area and other adjacent areas. Be in touch with your friends and colleagues from different industry to get information on how they are upgrading their skills in their respective industries.
- Attend the various conferences held in your town which talks of trends in your industry or across your industry. In India, NASSCOM is a great place to learn about where the industry is moving.
- Participate in various online professional networks group to keep yourself updated on all happening in and around various industries. Do not hesitate to ask or seek guidance from professionals to provide you information about an industry you do not know. Most of the times, people are happy to offer guidance and help.
- Join organizations which focuses on training employees to acquire new skills. There are many organizations which have programs running inside to spot and promote “adaptable” talent.
- You can also find time to contribute to startups or non-profit organizations which may not provide you monetary benefit but will offer great opportunities to learn new skills. For software professionals, contributing to open sources is a great way to improve their skills along with getting noticed by prospective employers.
There is a saying, “change is the only constant”. If you focus on ensuring you keep focus on enhancing your skills and in different areas, you shall be better prepared for the future.