Why You Should Update Your Job Skills

The world of work is changing fast. Learn why an ongoing investment in your professional development will help you stay employed for the long term.

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Today, the lifecycle of skills is shorter than it ever has been and digitization is happening at a pace and scale the world has never seen before. Virtual reality and artificial intelligence are creating new job categories as we speak. And while less than 5% of occupations will be completely replaced by robots, technological innovation is likely to eliminate specific job tasks which may make certain roles obsolete. To remain employable, you'll need to learn new skills and adapt to the changing needs of your field. 
In this environment, it is critical for you to have ongoing career conversations with your boss to ensure your skills are evolving with the needs of your employer. But what can you do if your boss isn't open to talking to you about your career? How can you ensure you're taking the right steps to remain employable and competitive in your field? 
Welcome to the Skills Revolution
You can start by understanding your Learnability Quotient. Learnability is “the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one's skill set to remain employable throughout their working life." Take the quiz to find your LQ (Learnability Quotient) here! Once you understand your learning type, you can use that information to help guide your professional development. 
New Job Skills Keep You Relevant, And Competitive
In addition to ongoing career conversations, updating your job skills is critical for today's business professional. Especially if you plan to stay with the same employer for many years, you'll need to stay on top of the technological changes that affect your career and adjust accordingly. Here are five ways you can update your job skills right now:
  1. Enroll in an online course
  2. Have a conversation with your boss about your skills, and set goals for how you should be developing.
  3. Ask your company what resources they provide for job skills upgrades
  4. Take a sabbatical and use the time to go back to school, or invest in an advanced degree program
  5. Volunteer! In addition to the feel good benefits, it may lead to opportunities to develop your leadership skills or join a non-profit board. 
Our research shows that 65% of the jobs Gen Z will perform don't even exist yet. Make sure you're setting yourself for long term success with these helpful tips.

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