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Seven tips to help you remain in demand as a sought-after specialist in the labour market

Recent studies by Harvard Business Review and Deloitte have shown that the knowledge that a student now gets at university becomes outdated after just five years.  Moreover, according to LinkedIn statistics, most of the 20 fastest growing jobs appeared less than five years ago.

Vitally, whilst these new jobs create new career opportunities, they simultaneously pose risks for those who fail to adapt, retrain, and keep up to speed with the rapidly ever-changing times.

Previously, many doors were closed to a person without a degree in higher education.  Now, however, the situation has changed and even someone who didn’t graduate from school can swiftly learn and hone new skills – and still get a very good job.  Indeed, without constant re-training it’s now becoming increasingly challenging to even maintain one’s current position in the workplace, let alone to advance up the career ladder, or to find a good position in the future.   Therefore, take advantage of our lifehacks, and use our top tips to remain in demand and be a much sought-after specialist in the labour market.

  1. Don’t stop learning.  Now it is almost impossible to predict which professions will appear in the future, one thing is certain: one will have to quickly adapt to changes, whatever they may be.  The habit of learning will help you  to do this.  It allows you to learn new knowledge and skills in the shortest possible time.
  2. Broaden your horizons.  Don’t just focus on continuing education in your current profession, study new areas too: it’s now productive to use unexpected combinations of skills.  It is best to be a T-shaped person: to have in-depth specialised knowledge of your core profession and general knowledge in other areas.  This helps to find innovative solutions and to be able to look at your work through new eyes, and to meet the challenges and opportunities at work in a fresh way.  For example, a UX architect can use their expertise to find from left field ideas for software development.
  3. Learn from about different training programmes, books, and courses.  Getting a second, third, or even fourth degree from higher education in a standard programme is far from always the best option.  Now there are a huge number of educational courses that will help you master the necessary knowledge in the quickest possible time.
  4. Learn from the leaders.  Over the past decade, knowledge has become more accessible than ever.  Many experts in different fields share their experiences and secrets. Therefore, subscribe to specialised channels, stay in the loop and keep up to speed with updates, and look for unexpected sources of information.  Pay special attention to stories about people making mistakes - such material is extremely useful because you can learn from other’s failures in order to try to ensure you don’t make the same errors yourself.
  5. Search for the right educational format.  The pace of life is now so fast, and it often seems that there’s little time left for study.  The way out of this quandary is to find the right training format that works for you.  Most often, this training format is in the form of an e-learning course that will allow you to study whereever you are, and when it’s convenient for you - rather than in a traditional classroom.
  6. Play to your advantages.  Don’t forget to include in your CV the courses that you’ve successfully completed.  Employers appreciate it.  That’s why they organise training for their employees.  Keep track of what courses your company offers, because perhaps they’ll prove to be very useful to you.
  7. Play.  Get to know new technologies while playing, for example, try to use 3D printing or VR glasses at your work. Now is the time for dreamers who are open to new things and ready to experiment.

According to the Pew Research Center (https://www.pewresearch.org/), about 75% of adults are studying all their lives in lifelong learning.  Of course, this is wonderful news, because if you study all your life, then all roads are open to you.  Moreover, the number of lifelong learners is constantly increasing.  Therefore, in such an environment, the main thing to keep in mind is not to be afraid to dream.  By daring to dream – you can make them come true. 

And remember, as an added bonus: ‘Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.’ - Henry Ford

 


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