How can fresh graduates prepare for the future of work?

14 Nov 2018

Can you imagine having flexible working hours, shorter commutes and virtual meetings with co-workers and clients? Ten years ago, working remotely would have seemed impossible. In today’s world, thanks to technology remote work has become a commonplace, especially with the rapid advancement of technology. So, probably by the time you graduate, new jobs will be introduced to the workforce and more people will be enjoying the perks of remote working. The number of industries offering remote jobs is increasing, the tech industry is among the top industries that provide remote job opportunities.

Therefore, as a student or a fresh graduate, you should invest in expanding your capabilities in order to stay in-demand. If you think your job can be replaced by a robot in the future, make sure you read the following steps to get yourself ready for the remote-friendly future of work.

1- Master virtual collaboration and communication Skills

We can’t stress enough on the importance of virtual collaboration skills in a remote environment.

The future of work will mostly depend on the cloud computing which is simply, the ability to share, manage and process data between different computers. According to Forbes, 83% of data will be in the cloud in the next two years. Cloud computing technology is growing in popularity and it’s expected to grow more in the future, therefore make yourself ready by enhancing your knowledge of it.

It’s also important to stay up-to-date with the latest technology trends and creative industry news. To do so, start attending seminars, conferences and make sure to upgrade your skills by taking relevant courses, reading articles and journals that discuss the latest trends in your profession. Another interesting activity you could do is to read magazines such as Engagdget.com It’s one of the best sources for the latest tech trends and innovations.  

In the future of work, mastering soft skills will still be required. On top of these skills will be virtual communication skills. Communicating through virtual technologies will become a must as the need to be in office will become unnecessary. Distributed teams will depend on virtual communication tools to get things done and discuss urgent matters. To prepare for the future communication tools, make sure to be fluent in the current communication platforms such as Slack, Skype, Zoom, and Hangouts. Working on improving your writing will also make you the best employee of the future.

The most important thing is to be a lifelong learner as technology will continue to evolve and so should your skills. According to the “Future skills” report published by “The institute for the future”, future employees “will increasingly be called upon to continually reassess the skills they need and quickly put together the right resources to develop and update these.”

2- Creativity and Interdisciplinary Knowledge

A report by Oxford Martin School predicts that 47% of total U.S. employment will be automated in the next few years. What employees can do to avoid losing their jobs to automation is to boost their creativity. Creativity can’t be automated, and therefore the future of work thrives in creative environment.

Being creative begins with understanding that every aspect of your job can be done differently. Start asking questions, and engage in conversations with your seniors on how things can be improved. Your future remote job will require you to think across boundaries and be self-sufficient, meaning that you should be taking control of your decisions without external assistance. We mistakenly think that people are born that way. In fact, creativity and interdisciplinary can be acquired. It takes a little practice to bring creativity to your world. Here are few steps to boost your creativity and widen your horizons:

·      Read books about different fields

·      Watch meaningful movies and documentaries

·      Talk to strangers

·      Get out of your comfort zone. Do something you are not used to do.

·      Write down your ideas

Creative ideas may come to us when we least expect them so, make sure you put all your ideas into words before they are lost. You will be surprised by how many great ideas are wasted because they were undocumented.

3- Resilience

The future of work is constantly changing, the only thing we are certain of is that more and more companies will start looking for talents across the globe. Thus, being flexible, adaptive to change and cultural tolerant will ensure you reap the benefits of remote work.

4- Be results-oriented

In a remote work environment, the only thing that employers will value is results. Performance will no longer be measured by how long you stay in the office but rather with the results you deliver. They say, if you can measure it, then you can improve it. That's why you should be keen on monitoring the results you deliver every month so that you won’t fall behind.

Here are some useful tips to be a result-driven remote employee:

·      Use metrics to measure your performance: Metrics help you determine where your efforts should be directed. For example, if you are a sales rep you should track your conversion rates.

·      Set SMART goals: Your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

Now that you know what skills will be required for the future of work, it’s time to get a glimpse into some of the professions that will be in high demand and can be done remotely:

  • Software Development/App Development/Web Design

As we discussed earlier, these are one of the most popular remote jobs that are always in high demand by both startups and multinationals. Being a developer will ensure that you find your dream remote job easily in the future. If you have an eye for the code, start applying to one of our remote software development jobs now.

  • Online Marketing

Can you imagine a business without an inbound marketing strategy? Definitely not. Being an online marketer doesn’t require your physical presence in the office. That’s why many companies hire remote online marketers as part of their hybrid teams. In the future, we expect more companies to widen their talent pool and start hiring remote marketers beyond their geographical area.

  • Creative Arts and Designs

It’s true that automation will take over many jobs in the future. However, creative professions are expected to stay in-demand because employers will seek more creative people who can bring new ideas and apply the new technology to improve the products and services. Fields such as graphic design, UX and UI design will be required in the future.

  • Teaching

Yes, teaching can be done remotely. In the world of the internet, self-studying has become a must and will continue to be in the future. As a remote teacher, your job might include teaching students online or providing online educational materials.

This is how we imagine the future of work to be like, remote, more productive, and technology based. What about? Have you started preparing for the future of work? 

 

By: Menna Shalaby

Content Manager

Strategic Partners