Employability and the Changing Job Market

The New Job Market

Reports from the industry say that millions of jobs will be at risk during and after the COVID- 19, this represents a massive impact on jobs in quantity. The job market after the pandemic will be different from the one that existed before, which represents a huge impact on quality as well.

The unstable future job market will require wearing multiple hats, and continuous upgrading of skills to remain employable in such a competitive and tough conditions.

During early stages of the pandemic, and lockdown, many businesses have closed for good, others started to use freelancers able to work from home, some have re-engineered the way they do business, or tried to automate some processes. This resulted in a new job market that differs completely from the traditional 8 am to 5 pm office work model, this new model requires different sets of skills, as businesses are keen to combine jobs turning others to dispensable and redundant ones to cut expenses.

How to React Effectively

While these conditions appear to be out of employees’ control, others can be controllable and is the sole responsibility of them and are considered a door to open and/or secure jobs or work opportunities.

Companies surviving Covid-19, will have limited resources to invest in their employees, so they will be recruiting / keeping employees distinguished by the following factors:

Performance: Companies will demand exceptional performance from all their employees, and this along with being active and self-driven will be key criterion to sustain work.

Adaptability: Companies will seek resilient staff that can quickly and exceptionally adapt to a new way of working (the new normal) dictated by online world of business, and this is a crucial rule set by the new evolving labor market.

Skills: Companies will also be keen to hire skilled – almost ready to work staff– to get them up and running in almost no time, with no extra costs for trainings, so systematic upgrading of soft as well as business skills is a must.

Accordingly, soft skills, real-life industry skills, comfort with technology, high emotional intelligence, self-driven, self-motivation, are all keys to sustain jobs in this new era.

Such a change in job market, as well as the rapid change in technology makes it crucial to have a quick shift in education to be more relevant and compatible and avoid increasing the already existing big gap between supply and demand.

The slow and limited link between industry and academia does not help bridging such gap and this requires individual effort from job seekers to identify such skills and build their overall competencies and key business skills to be in a better competitive position than others.

In such a period of uncertainty, that seems to continue for a long time, upskilling in all career stages is the only way to survive continuous job market disruption.

Upskilling Using Online Courses

Online courses are an attractive solution for several reasons.

  • They are a perfect way to create a purpose and use your time constructively. (Sets target)
  • Learners have full control over the scheduling and pace of their own training. (Flexible)
  • They offer convenience of access from anywhere, rather than having to travel and physically exist in a classroom. (Safer, and more comfortable)
  • Learners can tailor their learning programs to address their specific needs. (To the point)
  • They are perceived as safe social ways of interaction and growth to relatively introvert personalities.

Accordingly, online learning can help jobseekers and employees to upskill, and be ‘job-ready’ in plenty of ways:

  • Fill skill gap: It’s a vital tool that moves you closer to your target job opportunities.
  • Enhance career opportunities: Proper planning, and selection of suitable online course help employees to obtain needed certificates, add value to their resume, and secure better offers.
  • Stay relevant to recruiters: Upskilling is crucial to keep employees relevant to recruiters with evolving technical and technological demands.
  • Gain confidence: Being able to use your time effectively to plan, target, and build specific skills successfully builds your self-esteem, enhances your performance, and allows you to assume more tasks and responsibilities.

Start Acting

Prior to deciding the best courses, you need, you must do your own homework to better use your resources and smartly select what fits your career objective.

To do so you need to fully and thoroughly understand yourself, this is a huge step that can save you years, and create a shortcut to your successful career, in this step you need to dig deep in your head and heart to find your strengths, interests, seek help of others, and make use of effective on-line tools. This will allow you to clearly know your direction.

Then you can move confidently to the next step, that is tailoring your own career development plan based on your findings, conditions, available resources, and preferences.

It’s a great step that deserves the time, and effort, and will take you to the next level and move you far ahead of your colleagues.

Final Words

As an experienced trainer in areas of soft skills, management, and human resources for more than fourteen years, I strongly believe in online training, I personally got tens of online courses in my early days and these gave me the knowledge, skills, confidence and attitude of continuous self-learning and development. It also shaped my style and fueled my passion.

Normally 20+ participants will attend any course, receive the same information, granted equal opportunities to ask questions, and discuss difficult issues, but also normally about two or less of these participants have planned a head, and are taking this particular course to build a new needed block in their new glamorous career, and those two will normally ask the brightest questions, and make the most of the course, ask for more resources, and apply what they learn instantly and this makes a huge difference, and most probably these two will be in a senior positions much faster than their colleagues.

To conclude, you must get prepared ahead to quickly realize your successful career, by knowing yourself, exploiting your strengths, and planning ahead. You must also consider upskilling as a basic need to stay competitive, indispensable, and unique in the eyes of your employers, as well as recruiters.

About The Author

  • Twenty years identifying talents, building capacities, developing communities, via reputable international contractors
  • Thirteen years designing, developing, and delivering training programs in management, soft skills, and HR; freelancer or via international organizations
  • Trainer on employability & soft skills via multiple online platforms, Udemy, infosec4tc, and Simpliv
  • MBA – HR, HR diploma, Bachelor of Engineering, and tens of business skills courses
  • Proactive, customer focused, Trainer on employability & soft skills via multiple online platforms, Udemy, infosec4tc;able to manage and relate to diverse targets and communities

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