22 Jan Have you added these five people to your professional network?
The results are in. The top skills for 2019 (and beyond) include critical thinking, creative thinking, mental agility, resilience, adaptability, and the ability to self-motivate. How do these translate in the world of work, though?
You are probably familiar with the concept of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but there is growing interest in, and demand for, people versed in social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC). These skills are crucial in the constantly evolving world of technological advancement.
There are five people you want to connect with before the end of 2019. Not only will they contribute to your network, but they can aid in growing your personal repertoire too.
- The programmer: Whatever you want to call them, the skills espoused by the programmer/developer/coder are highly prized. With the ever-growing emphasis on web development and data processing, these professionals are leading the charge in terms of automation – automation that your own enterprise is going to need in one form or another over the coming months and years.
- The designer: Simply put, graphic designers construct and render visual concepts. They develop various layout and production designs – thereby covering every graphical aspect of branding.
- Social media managers: If you run your own company, you know how time-consuming and overwhelming managing social media accounts can be. With an increased focus on brand reputation and reputation management, you cannot afford to let your brand slip through the cracks and be lost in the sea of voices, nor can you skip a beat if an irate customer or client takes to social media to vent their frustrations. A social media manager can handle all this for you, giving you time to focus on other aspects of business.
- The productivity consultant: This may be a new concept for you, but the personal productivity person (PPP) is going to be an integral part of the future workforce. As the requirement for greater efficiency grows, the PPP is there to ensure you are less distracted and more productive – allowing you to discover and unlock your full potential. From teaching you how to use checklists properly to minimising the distractions offered by social media and instant messaging, the PPP is here to stay.
- The writer: You are probably going to encounter two types of writers: the content marketer/writer, and the copywriter. The former is responsible for developing showcase articles and thought leadership pieces. The latter is commissioned to work on marketing materials and content pertaining to specific subjects (some of which can be technical). It doesn’t matter which platform you use to showcase and market your business – good writers are always in demand because they can get you to exactly where you need to be.
Co-working spaces and networking events place you in direct contact with many/all of these professionals, and offer opportunities collaboration. This will allow you to develop even more of the skills you will need – including people and communication skills – as well as interdisciplinary knowledge.