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Tips on how to future-proof your job and management skills

As the digital age transforms and the fourth industrial revolution begins to unfold, opportunities to create new jobs arise.

COO of Jack Hammer Advaita Naidoo explains how the digital age has transformed the workplace, forcing employers to apply innovative measures to remain relevant.

Jack Hammer is an executive search and recruitment firm, which helps companies recruit for the future.

Companies and leaders need to enable their work forces to adapt and to shift in response to what the market is looking for.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

There are a few roles that we have seen come up in a few years that three years ago would have been absolutely unheard of but more and more we find ourselves being requested to go and find these people.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

Naidoo says there is no existing 'career path' for these new jobs entering the market. They require people who are cross-functional and understand the overall company strategy.

She says the notion that it's only low skill jobs that will be digitised is not true. Managerial jobs are also at risk of being lost.

There is a World Bank Report that says over 60% of all jobs could be replaced, including those of managerial level.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

It's the managers and leaders who are stuck in a bit of a time warp that should be worried and those that spend their time on operational tasks.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

So it's strategy, innovation and stakeholder engagement - things that require human judgment, those are the ones that need more emphasis because computers can't come up with new ideas.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

How to future proof a good job?

Naidoo advises of four critical "C" skills that one should have in order to survive the digital age.

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity

Technical mastery of a field will always remain a value even though the machines are coming.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Tips on how to future-proof your job and management skills


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