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Non-Techie: Are You Prepared For This One Skill Of The Future?

Regardless of your industry and profession, the reality is that technological advancements are creating tectonic shifts in our world and importantly, the the world of work and careers as we have known them both.

If you have started your careers in the nineties or earlier, coming to terms with these changes, is perhaps even more difficult.  This is often stressful, and manifests as job changes, career changes etc.

The good news is that there is a solution for this. And the solution is an ancient one.

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But, what should you invest in?

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2018, has identified top 10 emerging roles by 2022. This is a very useful piece of information for anyone, who is invested in nurturing their career roadmaps.

Here are the top 10 emerging roles which are expected to be a part of the jobs landscape in 2022:

  1. Data Analysts and Scientists
  2. AI and Machine Learning Specialists
  3. General and Operations Managers
  4. Software and Applications Developers and Analysts
  5. Sales and Marketing Professionals
  6. Big Data Specialists
  7. Digital Transformation Specialists
  8. New Technology Specialists
  9. Organisational Development Specialists
  10. Information Technology Services

On the other hand, here are the declining jobs in the 2022 landscape:

  1. Data Entry Clerks
  2. Accounting, Bookkeeping and Payroll Clerks
  3. Administrative and Executive Secretaries
  4. Assembly and Factory Workers
  5. Client Information and Customer Service Workers
  6. Business Services and Administration Managers
  7. Accountants and Auditors
  8. Material-Recording and Stock-Keeping Clerks
  9. General and Operations Managers
  10. Postal Service Clerks

While most of this is understandable, what stands out to me is the role of “General and Operations Managers”.

A decade ago, I was running a business in the hospitality industry, in India. It was manpower intensive. Needless to say, the role of the “General and Operations Manager” was the most critical. At that time, our business had hired some of the best talent in the country. Candidates were from elite Indian Institutes including a few who had excellent military experience. They were hired and paid to make decisions.

However, this day and age the role of the “General and Operations Manager” is a lot different. They are still expected to make decisions, no doubt about this. But, this time around, they are expected to be make decisions using technology and data.

The most competent ones are those whose, ability to act on data is high. The not so competent ones are those whose inability to act on data is high.

Where do you stand on your ability to act on data? This is one skill you should invest in, for sure.

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