Why You Should Be Upskilling Every Year
The world is changing rapidly with technology leading the evolution. Now more than ever it is crucial for professionals and companies to stay in touch with the changes that are taking place in their industries to remain on top of their game.
The world and the modern workplace is in a state of flux. IT, healthcare, government, hospitality, automotive, design, farming - regardless of your industry one thing is for sure: at this very moment, your occupation and work environment is being affected by technological changes in varying degrees. According to the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company:
"...The development of automation enabled by technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence brings the promise of higher productivity (and with productivity, economic growth), increased efficiencies, safety, and convenience. But these technologies also raise difficult questions about the broader impact of automation on jobs, skills, wages, and the nature of work itself..."
Technology continues to transform the way individuals work. Automation, robots and artificial intelligence are replacing jobs that were once laborious and the work of humans. Productivity and efficiency is optimised by technology which in turn maximises the bottomline. Online social media outlets and web communities are enabling professionals to dictate the terms of their own employment through a more empowered form of freelancing, and job hunting and networking sites such as Linkedin, Seek, and Monster provide job seekers with a wider scope to look for work.
The divide between low- and high-skilled jobs is growing, with technology in the centre of the divide. In order to become indispensable in today's global economy, one must be prepared to evolve and grow with the times. Upskilling or professional development is the best way to safeguard the future of your career in a world where traditional jobs are becoming increasingly dispensable.