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Why You Should Start Reskilling Today!

Have you been working for the same employer for several years? and did your job content remain unchanged at that time? Then you may have the impression that you can rest on your laurels. Nothing could be further from the truth. After all, the labor market is undergoing a major revolution. According to the World Economic Forum, the digital and technological revolution will cause 1 billion people worldwide to retrain in the next ten years. By 2022, 42% of the skills needed in current jobs would be replaced by new must-have skills. So don't just assume that your job will exist in the long term, or at least not in the same form. Put 'reskilling', or retraining yourself, high on your priority list from today.

Why You Should Start Reskilling Today!

Anyone a technology expert?

It's agreed that new technologies will fundamentally change our labor market. But that doesn't mean that in tomorrow's field of work we'll only need technological profiles. After all, research shows that the more 'human' profiles and skills, such as creativity, leadership and interpersonal skills, are also becoming more important.

The World Economic Forum predicts that in the coming years there will mainly be an increase in the following 7 domains: the healthcare sector, engineering and cloud computing, sales and marketing, data and AI (Artificial Intelligence),'green' jobs, jobs around 'people and culture' and specialized project management. At the same time, numerous activities will increasingly be taken over by automated machines. On the one hand, this concerns manual labor, but also administrative jobs, data processing, complex technical activities, and so on. The message is clear: employees must take the necessary steps today to continue to count in the future.

Reskilling, how do you start?

The need for retraining exceeds the level of the individual employee. Employers and governments need to work together on the 'reskilling revolution' to ensure that no one is left behind. However, as an employee you can also take the initiative yourself.

Talk to your employer

The reality and the need for reskilling haven't yet penetrated every company. In that case, take the initiative yourself and discuss with your employer how he or she assesses the coming years. It's quite possible that this conversation will become the catalyst for the start of a reskilling process in your company. In any case, you show your drive, foresight and loyalty.

Question yourself and your job

The transition on the labor market can be frightening if your current job is in the danger zone, but it also brings opportunities. After all, you're forced to think very consciously about your career: how do I want to evolve? What skills do I need for that? Can I fully develop with my current employer? You don't want to lead yourself in a new direction from today to tomorrow, but those who have a clear goal in mind certainly have an advantage.

Bet generously

Do you already know that you would like to specialize in AI or cloud computing, or that you want to take your chance in the healthcare sector? Then you're already well on your way. Still in doubt? Then focus on learning skills that you'll be able to use in many professions: communication skills, leadership techniques, analytical thinking... The more you master such skills, the easier you can be employed for different jobs and with different employers.

Lifelong learning

Retraining is now necessary, but the principle of lifelong learning will apply to every employee, in every sector. Don't see your current or future trajectory of reskilling as a one-off effort. Lifelong learning should become the norm for everyone.

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