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How to show the future your skill set in 2021

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It is always difficult to know what the future will bring, and the current state of uncertainty seems to confuse the picture, but the good news is there are a few ways you can prepare for that uncertainty and protect your career, even if you have a disease. Here is our list of strategies for finding evidence of the future of your target for 2021.

  1. Be flexible
    It was true before the epidemic, but it is even stronger now. Your ability to stay open to new ideas, skills, collaborations and career changes is more important than ever. According to the McKinsey Institute, there are five things you can do to adapt to your learning journey: 1) Rename what reading means, e.g. not just sitting in class, 2) Encourage curiosity and excitement by reading, 3) Describe your Northern reading star, 4) Enhance your learning journey; manage your time to give yourself space to learn, and 5) Start making small changes to replace old skills with new ones. Above all, McKinsey describes flexibility as “the ability to learn and apply and apply what is learned in all situations.”
  2. One technical skill
    It can be difficult to try to stay professional in a world where we are constantly bombarded with updates and new learning technologies. You don’t need to learn everything, but McKinsey and other institutions recognize that technical skills will be needed in 2021 and move forward. A good way to navigate the scene is to choose one skill and focus on training it over time, be it self-indulgence, taking online courses in it, or always providing services to clients and friends. Other areas to focus on are planning, digital marketing, media management, growth management, project management, construction, and data science.
  3. Participate creatively
    Despite the current challenges of physical fitness, World Economic Forum projects that require interpersonal and collaborative skills will be equally important – if not more in the future. Finding creative ways to work with others will be a invaluable skill in the next few years. Put on your thinking cap and discuss a few ways to help companies and individuals stay honest, and you’ll be on your way to ensuring your future potential for the near future.
  4. Practice self-control
    A new set of skills in the World Economic Forum’s top skills list required for future self-regulatory skills such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance, and flexibility. Knowing how to manage your time, evaluate multiple projects, work on ways to take care of yourself and think about your working hours, develop resilience in the face of stress, and manage uncertainty will be important skills in the years to come.
  5. Learn to solve problems and think critically
    Problem solving and thoughtful thinking may sound like qualities that people have or do not have, but they can be learned. In fact, you can study on your own, with daily mindfulness tests and exercises that force you to come up with solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. Challenge each week to solve problems as you research a topic such as world hunger or climate change, do a little research, and spend a few minutes publishing your ideas on how to deal with these problems. Share your solutions with your friends and invite them to process. That way, you’ll be honing your skills.

In Australia, VET sectors such as trade and hospitality will also be much needed. According to a report from the National VET Research Conference, “education and skills training will be of great value to employees moving from automated work, re-empowering and helping people to take on new businesses and job opportunities introduced by new technologies.” It is not only the technical skills you will acquire in VET education but also soft skills such as further learning and flexible mindset that will be essential to future career opportunities.

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