Prof Dishan Kamdar is the Vice Chancellor of FLAME University, one of the first liberal arts universities in India. Prof Kamdar has also served as the Deputy Dean, Academic Programmes and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Indian School of Business (ISB). Prof Kamdar shares his thoughts on what aspects students need to focus on for better career opportunities and growth. He also tells how technological interventions like AI are changing job dynamics...
In a world where technological innovations are reshaping industries and careers, the recent introduction of India's first AI news anchor, Sana, serves as a striking example of the rapidly evolving professional landscape. As we witness the fusion of artificial intelligence with traditional roles, the need to navigate career transitions has become increasingly prevalent and crucial. Technological advancements, automation, globalization, and dynamic market demands have transformed the job market, demanding individuals to adapt, embrace change, and embark on new career paths to remain relevant and achieve their professional aspirations. However, venturing into uncharted territories can be daunting, as individuals must acquire new skills, redefine their positions, and embrace emerging trends and technologies. Nevertheless, armed with the right strategies and a resilient growth mindset, individuals can confidently navigate the shifting currents and carve out thriving careers in this ever-changing world.
Adopting a learning mindset
According to the World Economic Forum, 85 million jobs will be displaced by automation and technological advances by 2025. This will also present the opportunity for a possible 97 million new roles requiring different skill sets. Considering this, professionals must adopt a learning mindset and remain adaptable to acquire new skills relevant to their desired career paths. Online learning courses across platforms have made education more accessible and flexible, enabling professionals and students to update their knowledge and develop new competencies. In short, this is an investment in their self-development that can successfully enhance their marketability, expand their career options, and help them stay ahead of the curve in a fast-evolving landscape.
Leveraging transferable skills
Another critical point is the assessment and leveraging of transferable skills. During a career transition, professionals need to identify their strengths through soft and hard skills that often act as transferable skills across various industries and can provide a foundation for individuals to build upon during their transition into new roles. Employers prefer professionals who have excellent communication skills, are team players, possess an entrepreneurial and solution-oriented mindset, etc. when hiring human resources. Hence, professionals must work on finessing these skills. Having a mentor can also help these professionals understand how their existing skills can be applied and valued in different contexts, showcasing their versatility and potential for success in new career paths.
The importance of networking
Networking also plays a vital role in career transitions. Research conducted by LinkedIn shows that 80% of professionals consider networking essential for career success. This statistic underscores the significance of building, and leveraging professional networks during career transitions and engaging actively with their network by attending industry conferences, joining relevant professional associations, and participating in online communities. Building relationships with friends, colleagues, mentors, and industry veterans can help provide support, guidance, and potential job leads to young professionals during their transition process.
Need for lifelong learning
A study by a few Research Centers found that 87% of workers believe that it will be essential for them to get training and develop new skills throughout their working lives to keep up with changes in the job market. This study has highlighted the growing recognition of the need for lifelong learning and continuous skill development. Staying informed about market trends and industry developments is crucial for successful career transitions. Young individuals should conduct thorough research on their target industries, identifying emerging trends, technologies, and skill requirements. This research will help them understand the evolving needs of the job market and enable them to align their skill development efforts accordingly. Along with this, professionals need to subscribe to industry newsletters, follow thought leaders, and join online communities to stay updated on the latest advancements. By staying ahead of the curve, they can proactively acquire the necessary skills and position themselves as valuable assets to potential employers.
Establish a strong personal brand
Building a solid personal brand is essential in today’s competitive world. Professionals must curate their online presence through a well-crafted LinkedIn profile, personal website, or portfolio showcasing their skills and accomplishments to align with their career goals and target industries. It will help them during interviews and networking interactions by emphasizing their unique value proposition and emboldening them to share relevant content, contribute to industry discussions, and demonstrate their expertise through thought leadership. A solid personal brand enhances visibility and credibility and attracts relevant opportunities, helping them stand out in a crowded job market.
Summing up the above essentials, navigating career transitions in a changing world requires a proactive and strategic approach. By embracing lifelong learning, recognizing transferable skills, utilizing professional networks, staying informed about market trends, and developing a strong personal brand, people can successfully navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities a dynamic job market presents.
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Abhay an alumnus of IIMC and Delhi University, has over a decade long experience of reporting on various beats of journalism. During his free time he prefers listening to music or play indoor and outdoor games.