By Devashish Chakravarty
Do you reminisce about the good old days when finding jobs was easier? You are probably right. From 2010 to 2016, India had one of the highest rates of job creation in the organised workspace.
According to a Manpower Group survey, 2017 and 2018 have had the lowest employer hiring optimism and 2019 will continue in that vein. But the good news is that none of the employers are expected to reduce their workforce.
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Focus on emotional quotient
A lot of new job interviews will be about you, your choices, who and how many people you have worked with. The technical selection process may seem shorter in comparison. In 2019, expect potential employers to try out ways to gauge your emotional quotient. They increasingly believe that the teams will be far more efficient if you have the EQ to navigate the workplace.
Diversity and inclusion
Corporate India is focused on the need for diverse thought processes and a sense of security and belonging at work. Thus, the voice of diversity and inclusiveness will continue to get louder in 2019. You may see changes as your employer makes your environment friendlier and more inclusive towards women, persons with disabilities and other socially disadvantaged segments. Jobs will be advertised to correct disparities in hiring, thus changing the composition of teams. Welcome the change. A diverse equal opportunity environment is the future.
Data to intelligence learning
While data scientists will continue to be in demand, the growing market of AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be in focus. Many roles will be created in the AI space as it touches our lives through multiple products and services that we use in our daily interactions. Along with AI, businesses and products are integrating AI subsets of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Various aspects of your work will be enhanced by these technologies. Your familiarity with them will enhance your career prospects.
While companies will pursue automation and invest resources in going digital, it will create tons of opportunities for the human support element. Think help desks for consumers or customer success managers for businesses. The role of a salesperson in delivering a technology product or a technology-enabled service will include the assurance of human support to the customer. As a representative of your company, consider how you can become an expert in the human element and increase your value.
Technology is not limited to tech businesses. As a technology professional, consider the major advances in computing, security and automation that opens new avenues where jobs exceed available skills. In computing, cloud-based services, Edge and IOT are the three steps that bring computing power closest to the point of interaction. As an aspiring engineer, upgrade your current skill sets and plan a new career path.
Similarly, computing power has led to a new domain of virtual/augmented reality which enhances the environment and calls for developers with a creative bent. Cyber security continues to be of critical importance and with block chain as an emerging technology, they offer exciting career paths for you. Automation has led to Robotic Process Automation where your firm will try and automate repetitive tasks and processes that are part of your daily routine. This may lead to fewer roles in your team.
As new-age technology firms stabilise and mature, they create a number of nontechnical roles. Thus, a Google office in India will have more than 50% of the openings in sales, marketing and operations where you can experience life as a Googler. The distinction between workplaces that hire technology vs non-tech professionals is blurring rapidly as every business now needs both components to grow.
Resurgence of office jobs
The gig economy hasn’t caught on as expected. Having experimented with outsourcing tasks, employers seemed to prefer the predictability and value of permanent employees working together in co-located teams. Thus, you are more likely to be offered a role in 2019 if you are willing to work with your team at the office than if you seek a short-term gig or the flexibility of working remotely from home.
To increase retention and reduce cost of attrition, employers will increase investments in non-financial benefits. Instead of hiring a new person with greater skills, your employer is likely to offer you a training program that will upskill you. You are also more likely to have access to a mentor who will help steer your career internally. Make the most of these initiatives.
Top skills for 2019
1. Enjoying automation and data
Your current boss and future hiring manager will value you more if you are comfortable with technology. As every fi rm looks at increasing automation and going digital in 2019, can you leverage automation to boost your output? Can you read the data available to tease out and tell a useful story?
2. Talk, write, present
The latest annual LinkedIn Emerging Jobs report says that the largest skill gap in the job market is communication. Your employer will place a higher premium on your team member who can do a great job of speaking with other teams, writing that report and making a presentation at a meeting. You can consciously invest in these skills too.
3. Run a team
If you want to grow faster in 2019, apart from better communication, step up and help others in your team, offer to improve processes and take ownership of delivering team outcomes. Leadership is always in short supply and your employer’s need is greater in times of rapid change.
4. Process and product
What’s that part of your role that delivers maximum impact? Either you are involved in creating the product or asset or at improving the process by which your fi rm becomes more effi cient. Product approach and process thinking are the two complementary skills that will boost your career this year.
5. Social and web
No firm operates in a vacuum. The Internet and social media make sure of that. Thus, firms both old and new need you to have basic social media skills and be web savvy to stay ahead of the game. If you are in sales, you leverage these skills to generate leads and increase business. In all other roles, you tap resources and fresh ideas through your reach.
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