The 21st century is dramatically changing the how, when, and where of professional workplaces.
Here are the top characteristics you need to know about how work and workplaces are evolving.
3 C’s rule workplace culture. Communication, collaboration, and connectivity are skills of increasing importance in successfully navigating workplaces.
Big data and ‘human’ skills are trending. Analytical skills such as identifying patterns, interpreting data, and making unexpected connections, and human skills such as creativity, initiative, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and leadership and social influence, are in demand skills from today’s employers across all industries.
Technology is setting the pace. Digital tools – specifically the Internet, artificial intelligence, widespread adoption of big analytics, and cloud technology (WEF, 2018) – are changing what, when, how and why we communicate, placing an emphasis on digital literacy skills of those entering the workforce.
A freelance economy. The gig economy continues to rise, transforming careers into short-term contracts with different employers. Gig workers develop highly specialized skills as they move from gig to gig.
Advice from a CFO and mentor: Kathryn Hayashi
How do you choose between a career in industry or in academia? What skills do employers need from (graduate) students? What is her advice for job seekers? Get advice from Kathryn Hayashi, is the Chief Financial Officer at the Centre for Drug Research and Development. Her career spans a variety of industries from music to biotechnology.
How does my story match what employers are looking for?
Across private and public, small and large organizations from all over the globe, employers are looking to hire employees who will be able to successful, make positive contributions to workplaces, and help advance their organizations mission and vision. What have you done that is an example or evidence of these skills? Think back to your course work, extra-curricular roles, and part time or summer jobs. It all counts.
Equip yourself with tools to manage ambiguity
Life can feel uncertain at times. We can plan and take action to move ourselves forward in our plans, but we may still encounter the unexpected. Thinking about that can be overwhelming but the possibility of the unexpected means we get to be an active agent in our life. After all, if everything was predicted, how boring would that be?
Consider a time in the past when you had to make a hard decision. How did you do it? What resources did you use? How did you navigate the stress of uncertainty?
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Check out the Wellness Centre’s tips for managing stress and anxiety.
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