Today, we face a lot of uncertainty and volatility concerning Singapore’s employment landscape. For both career seekers and organisations alike, the nature of work is shifting rapidly, given the impact of technology on jobs.
What are the underlying forces at work? How can you better develop your career and expertise to thrive in the future of work?
In this new world of work, the greatest challenge is not the technology itself. It is about raising our human capabilities to bridge the gap between digital technologies and the workforce’s ability to apply coaching capabilities and soft skills to increase human capital. It includes our ability to harness artificial intelligence, analyse data, reinvent ourselves, implement innovation and lead multi-dimensional solutions to create sustainable impact.
With over 20 years of expertise in training, coaching and consulting, helping multiple companies and executives to produce transformational progress, here are some of the emergent shifts impacting the workforce in the future of work. They are also in alignment with the trends uncovered by firms such as Mckinsey & World Economic Forum:
Distilling from the indications as mentioned earlier and observations, what would it all mean for your career development?
Your ability to drive your career growth to new heights will be determined by entirely new and different levels of thinking, working, communicating and being in the following three dimensions:
When it comes to your career, it isn’t always about having the most experience, qualifications or credentials; thriving isn’t a result of looking at one dimension alone. You need a career ecosystem of aligning your professional outcome, a network of coaches/mentors and accountability structures to support your efforts and help you move forward – particularly in light of today’s fast-changing business landscape.
To build your career ecosystem, here are three components:
Necessarily, there are seven vital human skills to enable you to supercharge your career’s ecosystem to thrive in the future of work.
These skills are necessary, not good to have, simply because THRIVING is the new way of operating for any business to continue in this VUCA world. Focus on being a multiplier in whatever you do to scale your efforts even with limited external resources.
These soft skills allow you as a professional to coach yourself and others towards a human-oriented growth MINDSET. When you start embodying those qualities at an individual level, you influence others at the workplace through critical stakeholders. As a result, you co-create a support system of development and hence a GROWTH CULTURE at the workplace is fostered. As the business landscape only gets more volatile, uncertain and complex, it is the workplace culture that will make a difference in building a sustainable & fulfilling career path.
Whether your next step is an internal promotion, industry switch, or starting a new venture, your career will only grow to the level of congruence with your self-mastery, professional identity, values and vision.