Top Skills Needed in Today’s Workplace
The pace by which the workforce is changing today is the fastest that it has ever been. The rise of technology and globalization have single-handedly restructured the skills needed in today’s workplace.
Our team here at Zeqr has explored the most useful skills needed to stay competitive in this ever-changing and demanding business world.
Coding & Programming
At the top of our list, of course, is coding and learning. According to Evan Leong, co-founder of Fount, “I can’t think of any company that doesn’t have technology embedded in their operations in some shape or form”. It is for this reason that coding and programming has been identified as a skill that will prove to be invaluable for years to come.
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By: Bruno Škvorc, dual Master’s degree holder in English Language and Literature and Computer Science.
By: Yehonathan Sharvit, Web Xpert with a B.S in Electrical Engineering and an M.Sc in Mathematics.
Social Media Marketing
Social media has evolved tremendously in the past few years and has redefined the way that companies communicate with their customers. Those who master digital marketing skills and can create a trust-worthy brand voice will be irreplaceable. A component of marketing that is also sky-rocketing is mobile marketing and mobile apps – with mobile estimated to account for 72% of US digital ad spend by 2019.
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By: Eric Silverthorn, President of Semaphore Mobile, and has over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
By: Dr. Allana Todman-Da Graca, Communication Expert with exceptional experience in the areas of Professional Development, Student Leadership and Civic Engagement
Being a great salesperson is a skill that will never go out of style, and that is why we continue to believe that those who can “sell” will always be in demand.
Calling all startups who want to improve their sales:
By: Bob Refarilidis, Developer of start-ups in Sales, Growth & Business Development and two-sided marketplaces.
Business / Financial Analysis
Another timeless, yet necessary skill set to have is understanding a business and its success/failures. The ability to read financial statements and understand the health of an organization will continue to be a top skill.
By: John David Ariansen, Business Analytics Consultant with focuses on the interpretation and visual presentation of data.
Ah, yes, we said it: globalization. Companies no longer have barriers that prevent them from doing business internationally, therefore, employees who are able to communicate with offices worldwide in their native tongue will also be in demand. Not to mention that learning a new language fundamentally changes the structure of your brain.
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By: Katherine Mok, Native Speaker
By: Victoria Haliburton, BA double major in Honours Math and Foreign Languages/Linguistics, an MA in Education, and a number of classes in teaching second languages and in French language and literature.
By: Carla Montrucchio, Educational background working with learners of any level (A1-C1)
Lastly, but not least important, is the art of networking. Regardless of what happens in the workforce, humans are driven by feelings and relationships. Deals are not made from B2C or B2B, but rather H2H (Human to human).
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By: Bobby Umar, named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc Magazine, 4x TEDx speaker, and one of the top tweeters in the world, with over 450,000 followers
There are some skill sets that will arise as new and others which will remain timeless and ever-needed. As knowledge Zeqr’s remember, “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
What skills are you finding most relevant in your industry? Leave us a comment below!