Recent articles and comments coming from Human Resources based journals and blogs, with LinkedIn leading the trend, emphasize the importance of being ‘career adaptable.’ Being career adaptable means being flexible and open-minded when it comes to future-proofing one’s career. Many studies show people who are available to move from one country to another, people willing to move from one industry to another, or people willing to take extra classes to develop new skills are the ones with the most successful careers. Moreover, studies show these people are the happiest. We will look at three ways for you to become more career adaptable. Moving abroad is not an easy feat. It require that you make a lot of personal choices. Therefore, I won’t go so far as to tell you to embark on the first plane available and leave everything behind. Such a choice requires rational and mature decision making. If someone leaves in such a manner, he or she should only leave after thorough consideration. Instead, let’s see what we can do to future-proof our career locally.
1. Being Career Adaptable: Know What You Want, What You Can Offer and What You Are Capable Of
Assuming that you already have a set of skills and competencies, take a step back and assess all of your skills. Essentially, I want you to run these skills through an audit process. Are your skills compatible with the requests of the marketplace? Are your skills transferable to other industries or lines of work? Do your skills suit your needs and your career vision. Or are you just stuck in one place and afraid to leave your field of work? Will your skills take you further, and where will they take you?
2. Become Career Adaptable by Investing in Hot Skills That Are Trending
According to the 17th Annual Global CEO Survey from January 2014 quoted by LinkedIn researchers, 63% of CEOs say availability of skills is their primary concern. This means that you should take a look at the skills, competencies and areas that are being looked for in our present times. Presently, the market places a greater emphasis on social media marketing, mobile development, and cloud/distributed computing. Are you willing to learn new skills and enter a whole new different territory? Are you interested in these fields, and do you feel that they will help you thrive in your career? If the answer is yes, specialists advise you take a chance and develop your skills in order to become career adaptable. Doing so will help you meet the challenging requirements of the present marketplace.
3. Get Connected, Stay Connected to be Career Adaptable
In this post, we talked about social media recruitment and networking. Social media recruitment growing popularity shouldn’t surprise you: 90% of employers use social recruitment tools like LinkedIn to find talent. It goes without saying that regularly updating your professional social network profile is the first step when seeking employment. Such attention to detail allows you to build healthy connections, strong relationships and get reliable backup for potential advancements in your career. Looking for a new job, learning about new opportunities, getting to know influential people in the industries you are interested in are just a few perks associated with professional social media and serious networking. Such networks allow you to stay updated to the newest industry trends. How else can you find out what companies are looking for and how big managers define talent and employee engagement?
Becoming career adaptable is not easy. Nobody sets out to be unsuccessful and do a lousy job. Most people already believe they are doing alright. As the statistics show, the problem of career adaptability extends further into the matter supporting the idea of mobility, transcontinental job seeking and even aiming for leaving to less developed countries. Taking advantage of such opportunities is a wise thing to do. If you want to thrive locally in your career, you must invest in on-going learning, test new waters and keep close, key people for your future development.