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How to Future-Proof Your Career
Blog / HR / Jun 21, 2021 / Posted by Ann Zaslow-Rethaber / 421 

How to Future-Proof Your Career

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Even as you’re reading this, the future of work is being reshaped by technology.

Remote work and tech-driven changes are nothing new, but the rapid transformations we’re witnessing right now is unprecedented.

Understanding that these changes are predictably only going to increase in both breadth & frequency, it is wise to implement steps to ensure that even if your job doesn’t exist in its current form in a few years, the career you’ve worked so hard on will be able to survive.

Here’s how:

1. Never Stop Learning

Education shouldn’t come to an end after finishing school.

If you want your career to be future-proof, the single most important thing you can do is to get comfortable with being a lifelong student. Remember that true learning cannot take place in a disorganized, unstructured way.

You have to be conscientious and deliberate to support learning new skills on a consistent basis.

Some options to consider on a quarterly basis are:

  • Attend a training course
  • Join a development program
  • Participate in workshops
  • Sign up for weekend classes
  • Pursue learning opportunities provided by relevant professional bodies

2. Don’t Pigeonhole Yourself

We’re living in a world that’s more connected than ever before. Social media and networking resources make it easy to gain insights into how people live, think, and work. Remote work and technological advancements have helped create diverse workforces all over the world.

This isn’t just a passing trend, but rather the new standard. In this kind of environment, the only limits you face are likely to be self-imposed.

To be a successful part of the global workforce, you need to identify how you can contribute to it and what you can learn. You can start by:

  • Making an effort to understand other cultures
  • Seeking international exposure or working opportunities whenever possible
  • Spend some time learning how professional practices and workplace cultures differ from one country to another
  • Embrace interacting with a diverse range of people and taking note of individual differences

3. Always Stay Flexible

Rigidly structured professional settings are becoming a thing of the past.

Today’s employers are not forcing employees to fit themselves into a one-size-fits-all job title.  Instead, they’re markedly more open to actively listening to their employees and embracing alternate views that lead the way in shaping a company’s evolution.

Holding on to outdated ideas of how things ‘should’ be or worse the way ‘always have been done’, is a guaranteed path to irrelevance. Staying flexible is key to making your voice heard, finding your niche, and creating a positive contribution to your workplace and industry.

4. Keep the Future in Mind

You can’t adequately future-proof your career without understanding what it holds.

It’s difficult to predict with complete accuracy how the future will change within your specific industry, but it’s possible to make educated guesses.

  • Keep an eye on the trends in your industry, and the economy as a whole
  • Get familiar with the drivers of change in your field
  • Connect with industry leaders through mentorship opportunities, following their speaking engagements, or through social media
  • Periodically perusing Indeed & Simply Hired to see what types of roles are in high demand provides valuable information.

Recruitment agencies can oftentimes provide a unique perspective into what skills and abilities are most relevant today and will continue to be in demand for tomorrow. Building relationships with recruiters that specialize in your industry is always a smart move, for a multitude of reasons.

As the #1 most recommended recruiting agency in the entire US, International Search Consultants offers expert recruiting services to ensure your team is equipped with highly skilled and experienced professionals. By strategically targeting the top talent that matches your requirements, we will find the perfect fit for your company.

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About Author

A recruiter since 1996, president of International Search Consultants, a global executive recruiting firm launched in 1999. ISC has become one of the country’s most reputable search firms, earning more recommendations on Linked In than any other 3rd party recruiting agency in the entire country.

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