5 In Demand Skills

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2020 was the year that changed the way we live. All of us have learnt one skill or the other while at home during the lockdown – be it making the dalgona coffee or the skill of attending online classes while not attending them.

Cut to 2022, we are expected to shift from these skills to well, more refined ones. 2022 brought with it a slew of changes in how the professional world functions. While a significant part of these changes has been carried on from 2021, the novelty of these changes continues to make us who are stepping onto the threshold of the professional world, jittery.

But fret not, we are here to help you sail. Here, we guide you through the maze that the professional world is and list down the top skills that you must master.

1. Interpersonal Skills

Whether it is acing an interview for your dream job or pitching an idea to a company you want to collaborate with, the way you communicate plays an important role in the transformation of your wishes into decisions taken by people at authority. Interpersonal skills, more commonly known as communication skills now sit at the heart of a thriving workplace where persuasion and negotiation is a daily sight.

Gone are the days when having a specific skill required for that role was all that was needed. With the global business model changing from leader driven to team-driven, the role that required you to have only mathematical skills, now also requires you to be a team player. And having good communication skills will help you. Accenture lists “solution-driven team player” as one of the skills it looks for in its employees.

2. Learn, Unlearn and Relearn

We have seen how our teachers have had to learn the new mode of teaching in the pandemic situation, unlearn the old techniques and relearn when they had to resume offline teaching. This is the new normal of the post-covid world and it is here to stay. According to a survey conducted by Chief Learning Officer Magazine, 54% of employees will require extensive upskilling or reskilling by 2022.

With organisations choosing to operate either work from office, permanently work from home, or in a hybrid model, it will help us if we are flexible in our learning process when required to make the switch and to the changes that come with it. With technology changing our lives overnight, it is important we not only adopt but also adapt to the new.

3. Problem Solving

We have been solving a number of theoretical problems since our school days. And now, we are required to face some head-on. According to an article published by CNBC, problem solving is one of the top 3 skills employers are looking for in 2022.

Be it solving a technical issue or negotiating for a proposal, the professional world requires people who can think on their feet and come up with sustainable solutions in this volatile professional world.

4. Technical Skills

Did you know there is an app designed to help you if you’ve forgotten where you’ve parked your car? Technology has seeped into our lives and continues to move deeper. With everything and anything being technologically driven now, technical skills are in demand.

With the data science platform market size expected to grow from USD 37.9 billion in 2019 to USD 140.9 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 30.0% during the forecast period, Times of India has listed 3 technologies in demand for next few decades – Data Analytics, Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning.

5. Creativity and Originality

“Order chocolate for them, they will be happy! Order lunch for yourself, you will be happy! And we all know what matters more.” – This is the notification we received on our phones from Zomato this Chocolate Day. With their quirky yet relatable copywriting, Zomato has created a loyal customer base for itself and bagged the Economic Times Startup of the Year Award 2021.

The World Economic Forum has predicted that by 2022, the division of labour between humans and machines/algorithms across total task hours will look like this: humans – 58% and machines/algorithms – 42%, a source of excitement for some and worry for others. With more and more companies pushing for customization to boost customer satisfaction, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This makes creativity the hero of all skills required in an employee, one who can drive innovations and growth.

It is safe to say not all these skills are innate. But, we can always learn and bring them into our regular practice. Connect with us to get a head start today and begin your journey to growth and fulfillment.



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