Skills that were in demand in a pre-coronavirus world were already changing, but the pandemic has accelerated the rapidity. Whether fortunate or unfortunate, it is extremely unlikely that the world of working as we know it will go back to “normal”. Instead, we have to adjust to a new normal. How workplaces operate and the most in-demand skills are likely to transform as well. In other words, some skills will become more relevant while others will have to be reimagined or worst-case scenarios, become redundant.
Are you wondering whether there will be any job opportunities post the pandemic? Well, we are here to motivate you and give you some good news (see our post of top emerging jobs) as we prepare to resume more economic activity in the country. We have already explored careers that are emerging but it’s also worth noting which skills will be highly sought after and relevant post the lockdown and COVID19 pandemic in its entirety. The following skills are likely to be in demand in a post-coronavirus world:
Digital and coding skills
Many organisations were propelled to become more dependent on digitization because of remote working. Therefore candidates with digital skills including coding, web development, digital marketing, and analytics will become more relevant now more than ever. People who can keep the day to day operations of the business thriving post lockdown, during a pandemic or working from home will be a must hire and have a definite upper hand.
Acquiring technical skills and becoming comfortable with these tools will become extremely important post the pandemic. This will include obtaining skills that can help companies build resilience during outbreaks or any unforeseeable disruptions. These technologies can include artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, the Internet of Things, virtual and augmented reality.
We have seen the damage that the spread of misinformation and disinformation can do. COVID19 has proved the significance of having employees that have great thinking skills. Not only does this help decipher what is true or not, but with a great pool of information out there, it will become extremely critical to have individuals who can help debunk what information should inform decision making and the next steps during times of uncertainty.
Adaptability and flexibility
As already mentioned, the world is changing, and being able to adapt will be inevitable. A good candidate will have to continuously learn to adapt to a continuously evolving world of work. Employees will be inclined to hire candidates who they can trust will be flexible enough to upskill themselves to fit with the demands of an evolving world should times of uncertainty arise.
Creativity and Innovation
The pandemic has shown us how important business being able to deliver services virtually is key. In a post-coronavirus world, this will require individuals who can invent and create products to adapt to a new way of working.
This skill seems very obvious and thus easily forgotten. Professionals who can display leadership qualities are extremely critical because the post coronavirus world of work will probably mean an increase in remote working. Therefore, people being able to lead fluid teams and team members leading themselves will be highly encouraged. Leaders who can inspire teams and remain focused during times of uncertainty, anxiety, and disruption of productivity will be in demand.
Some of these skills were already standard for other industries. Economic trends show us that due to the impact of the lockdown, these skills will be greatly emphasized by recruiters. According to the World Economic Forum, in the next five years, 35% of skills that are deemed as essential today will change. The only way to survive and succeed in a post-coronavirus world of work is committing to upskilling and reskilling yourself. The good news is that multiple free open online courses can help you improve your skills. Grab the opportunity and advance yourself in expert skills.