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Are Your Skills Up-To-Date For The Future Of Work? Here’s How To Tell

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Are Your Skills Up-To-Date For The Future Of Work? Here’s How To Tell

As an employee amidst the coronavirus pandemic, you may be looking at the widespread disruption that has been caused by these chaotic times. In looking at this disruption, it can be easy to wonder if your skills are up-to-date for the future of work. Times are changing faster than ever before and the skills needed by employees are changing as well.

Ensuring that your skills are prepared for this dynamic and new future of work can help you land yourself in a long-lasting career, or extend the career you are in now. The process of determining if your skills are up-to-date for that future of work revolves around identifying the key skills and professions that are changing the workforce in today’s day and age. Here are three of the best and most useful skills to test your own against:

Software Engineering

As a whole, software engineering is a relatively new profession. Computers have been around for many decades now, but this field, as we think of it now, really only emerged in the last couple of decades. Not only this, but the work done by software engineers today is a far cry from the work done 10 years ago alone.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is set to see a remarkable 22 percent growth by 2029. Compared to other fields of work, this is a major growth potential. The reason software engineers are becoming so high in demand is because of the skills they bring to the table. 

These professionals develop systems that guide the business processes of companies around the world. An added benefit of the employees in this profession is the fact that their jobs can be done remotely, making them even more valuable among the recent pandemic. Anyone who likes creating things on the Internet may have the interest needed to become a software engineer and can do so at any age of their life. Bootcamp Rankings has a comprehensive guide on how to enter this lucrative career path if it happens to catch your eye. 

Coding or Programming

A skill used by software engineers that is simply a great skill to develop for the future of work is knowledge of one or more coding languages. Coding, as well as programming, is a skill that has emerged within the last decade. Languages such as Python can be used for virtually anything and niche languages such as C++ have applications with game design.

The versatility that comes with coding is remarkable and having knowledge of even one language can set you apart from other competition. If you know what you would like to do in the tech realm, it may serve you better to pursue a specific coding language. However, if you have no clue whatsoever then consider picking up a more broad language such as Python or JavaScript.

A great way to develop coding as a skill in your toolbelt is by attending an online coding bootcamp. These useful bootcamps can teach anybody the skills needed to launch a career in coding within a matter of months. Additionally, a unique feature of coding is that the more you practice, the more you get sucked in, which helps to reduce job fatigue.  

Web Development

You may have noticed there seems to be a theme with the skills and professions on this list and web development is no exception. Using coding skills, specifically HTML in most cases, along with software engineering skills, web developers create the websites you surf every single day. Computer Science Hero features a complete guide on how to become a web developer at any age and why it is such a good idea to consider.

With this in mind, the best way to become a web developer is to attend a prominent trade school. Unlike traditional forms of education, trade schools teach students everything they need to know about a specific field in as little as a year. Career Karma has a list of highly-rated trade schools currently accepting applications, and some of those schools feature courses in web development. 

Conclusion

There is no surefire way to prepare your skills for the future of work. Unfortunately, workforce disruption is a natural cycle that occurs whenever a new technology or skill emerges. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to get caught up in the disruption. Take advantage of the opportunities you have and attempt to foresee the direction the workforce is heading. Doing so may help you grow and change with the disruption, rather than be caught up in it. [DDHK News]

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