7 In-Demand Skills to Develop to Land More Jobs in the New Normal
by Rilind Elezaj
Life in the new normal is expected to be anything but normal. We’re already experiencing major consequences of the pandemic, with so many people losing their jobs, or abandoning their entire careers in the search for something more stable, more “in demand”. This is a financially savvy way to tackle the potential economic backlash from the pandemic, but also the kind that calls for additional training and up-skilling to be able to match the existing, qualified workers in various fields.
Most people would envision medical education to be the one for the future, and they would be right. Many would rely on the IT sector and innovation in technology in general – and they would be right, as well. Then there are those firm believers that remote work is the work of the future, and yet so much of healthcare work cannot be done remotely. It turns out, they are also correct.
There is no single-file future where everyone will commit to just one lucrative, promising profession. However, the workforce is rapidly turning to solutions and skills that are impervious, or at least somewhat more resilient to any crisis the likes of the pandemic. Here are a few skills you can invest in, to diversify your own work options in the new normal.
First-responders’ skills at the forefront
Both in the private and public sectors, first responders such as EMTs, firefighters, and police officers will be in greater demand than ever before. People’s dissatisfaction, unease, and the potential increase of chronic illnesses will all demand a greater influx of first responders into the workforce.
More schools and workplaces will demand on-site medical experts in case of emergencies, while more offices will invest in regular inspections to make sure they’re on the right track. All of that has led more people to get medical training and get certified in different medical and healthcare fields that will make them more eligible for such positions.
Project management for remote staff
With so many companies moving to remote work, it’s only natural that those same companies need to adjust to a new model of work and that includes project management. Even without managers at the office, many small-scale teams used to work just fine. Now that they are working from home, they need structure, discipline, clear expectations, and leadership, all skills needed in a project manager.
People are agitated, impatient, and reluctant to spend their money. If they come across an issue with your product or service, they’ll feel betrayed on top of it all. In 2021 and beyond, more top-notch customer support agents will be needed across various industries. They will help keep companies successful and customers happy, which means that theirs is a crucial role in the development of brand-customer bonds.
For that purpose, many people will look to learn another language or get a degree in communication, so that they can increase the likelihood of retaining employment in this sector.
Cyber security in the spotlight
Now that so many interactions have moved online, and those that have already existed online are now evolving, cyber security is becoming a major field of investment. E-commerce companies, development brands, software companies, all the way to educational platforms – they all need strong security in place.
To get ahead in this field, people can obtain a diploma in cyber security and continuously attend new courses to upgrade their cyber security skills. That will keep you relevant and employable, and it will make you indispensable in the new normal. Providing a secure e-commerce site or a secure chat platform makes people much more likely to invest in any product or service, making security a vital component in the post-pandemic era.
Many have lost loved ones, even entire families to the pandemic. There are those who have had to change jobs frequently or take up multiple paying positions and work extremely long hours to make ends meet. Losing our freedom to move, our freedom to bond, and our feeling of security has brought on a surge in mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
There is a growing need for expert counselors precisely because of the pandemic. Virtual therapy will also become part of the new normal as a way to help people cope even when they cannot leave their home, or in order to improve their sense of safety.
Web development and design
As more small, local businesses rush to develop their own websites, the need for skilled developers and designers surges. To be truly competitive, attract the local audience despite so many players in the industry, and build relationships even when there’s no way to interact directly with customers, brands need a website and their social media platforms.
Since technology changes rapidly, you too need to be able to keep up and apply the latest in development and design. From taking various courses to obtaining certifications, you can develop your skills in this industry and have a thriving career in the new normal.
App and software development
In addition to now practically mandatory websites for companies, many brands will develop their own, dedicated apps to engage customers in new and exciting ways. To do that, they need qualified software developers with a desire to keep learning beyond the pandemic and the current trends.
Brands will also look to develop new digital tools that will keep businesses afloat and growing in the new normal, so your skills should advance with these ideas in mind. Many can take up dedicated software development courses, but also work on their leadership skills in order to manage software development projects, too.
Although challenging, life in the new normal will certainly be brimming with possibilities. It will take us some time to adapt, and many people will have to build up their qualifications to stay relevant or to find jobs that will both pay well and remain secure and stable. It’s these skills you should focus on if you’re aiming for stability in the new normal, and you’ll be able to build your career from the ground up.