With fantastic digital innovations springing up recently come challenges of how to apply, utilise and adopt the technology. One of the problems is keeping up with the speed of the change in consumer behaviour and the need for organisations to adapt quickly enough to meet the shift in demand.
Another consideration is skills shortages, the future of work is threatened and as our world is being disrupted equally the demand to adapt and have the relevant skill for what the market need may be a challenge. Some jobs will be going into extinction, new skills will need to be learned, and people will need to upskill to enhance existing skills to remain competitive or at least have a job!
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), while the Fourth Industrial Revolution may be disruptive to many occupations, it is expected to also create a wide range of new jobs in fields such as STEM, data analysis, computer science and engineering. Research indicates that there will be strong demand for professionals who can blend digital and STEM skills with traditional subject expertise, such as digital-mechanical engineers and business operations data analysts, who combine in-depth knowledge of their industry with the latest analytical tools to quickly adapt business strategies. (WEF)
For Sub-Saharan Africa, the most significant long-term benefits of such jobs are likely to be found in the promotion of home-grown African digital creators, designers and makers, not just digital deliverers.
So how does this impact you?… You may want to take your destiny into your own hands and get yourself ready for the future, here are five (5) points to guide you;
- Self-Promotion – You have to learn the art of selling yourself and calling out your positive skills and expertise. Look at yourself as a CEO; this will include your presentation, branding and messaging. Be consistent in your approach and always deliver…to promote your self-have a story and tell it well. Don’t sell yourself short.
- Creative mind: do things differently, look for a more straightforward, way that a task can be done this is how to add value. Have a holistic view of issues, the key here is to consider different factors without dwelling on it too much. To stay relevant you need to think and be innovative, and this will come from your creativity.
- Problem-solving: Have cracking problem-solving skills, don’t be shy to take on what appears to be an insurmountable task, think about it this way if you can conquer it then it makes you a hero doesn’t it! With digital transformation, you need the ability to figure out this new technology and quickly get on board.
- Be aware – Be on top of your game with information and news, follow trends and current affairs including global updates. Have a varied interest that may not directly impact you so that you can engage in a decent conversation; youdon’t know where the next opportunity lies.
- Keep learning – as they say, if you stop learning you stop GROWING. So read books, check for the latestinformation and be abreast of crucial skills thatareevolving in your industry and ensure you learn the craft. Go for networking events, training either classroom or online or hire a coach or get a mentor your professional career development give you the extra edge,andyou are always relevant.
With the above and more you can withstand the test of time, and remain relevant in the fast-paced digital world.
Female Techpreneur is an initiative to empower women into STEM roles and as a digital entrepreneur.